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Celebrating families reading together this summer with author Grace Lin

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley

I’ve observed an interesting phenomenon around my house lately while reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, aloud with my youngest daughter. The rest of the family, two teenaged daughters and one middle-aged husband have gravitated to the living room to listen.

The story of Minli’s epic journey to change the fortune of her family and the other villagers of Fruitless Mountain is woven with other Chinese Folktales. Lin has done this so deftly that it captures the attention of the whole house. We turned off our screens, set aside our chores, and are drawn into a common experience. Our listening turns into conversation as we discuss the story. Suddenly our family is not only building reading skills and habits but connecting on a personal and emotional level too.

As Minli’s father says in the book, “Stories are never a waste of time.”

Photo credit: Alan Bradley

The Library District is inviting families—of every age and configuration—to make reading together a central part of their summer experience with our Summer Family Read program. You can meet author Grace Lin at a celebration event and also track your summer reading! Did I mention we’re having a drawing for several family 4-packs of tickets for Wild Kratts Live! when you read this summer?

Keep reading to learn more!


We are so excited to be featuring Grace Lin as our Summer Family Read author. You can check out and read her books in print, eBook, and audiobook formats.

All of Grace Lin’s books are great for family read aloud time. Parents and older siblings can take turns reading, and beginning readers can jump in to read picture books and Easy Readers.

You can host an intergenerational book club with family and friends by checking out the Book Discussion-to-Go bags of Grace Lin’s titles.


Grace Lin is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of picture books, early reader books, and middle grade novels. Lin’s novels Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Dumpling Days both received Newbery Honors, and her early reader Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same received the Theodor Geisel Honor. The cover illustration for When the Sea Turned Silver (National Book Award Finalist) was displayed in the White House, where Lin was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling


Family Summer Read Celebration with Grace Lin

You won’t want to miss this special appearance by author Grace Lin. Celebrate a summer of reading with crafts, activities, and a presentation from the author herself! Come dressed as your favorite book characters. Plus all kids will be entered to win door prizes. All ages

Thursday, August 8, 6:30–8:30pm

Celebrate Your Summer Reading

Let’s celebrate a summer of reading books by Grace Lin and other authors! You’re invited to come dressed as your favorite book character. Play games, make crafts, and explore activities for the whole family to enjoy. All ages

Friday, Aug 2, 6–8pm

Saturday, Aug 3, 3–5pm

Tuesday, Aug 13, 3:30–5:30pm

Saturday, Aug 17, 1–3pm

Saturday, Aug 17, 2–4pm

Tuesday, Aug 20, 5–7pm

Wednesday, Aug 21, 5:30–7pm

Thursday, Aug 22, 1–3pm

Thursday, Aug 22, 5–7pm


You can track your minutes reading using our Beanstack reading tracker.

Track your minutes reading to earn virtual badges. Review the books read. Readers who read at least 600 minutes this summer will earn a printable certificate of achievement to show off to family, friends, and teachers.

It’s not just about the reading: complete outdoor activities to explore your neighborhood and see new things.

For every 60 minutes of reading, readers will automatically be entered to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see “Wild Kratts Live!” on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 6:30pm (limited to one 4-pack per household).


Find all of this and other fantastic summer activities in our programs and events guide Engage. Pick up a copy at your local library today!

Gwendolyn Haley

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