Grace Lin to Deliver 2019 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture

RESCHEDULED: Newbery and Caldecott-honored children’s author and illustrator to speak at UCLA on Dec. 8.

The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies is proud to present children’s author/illustrator Grace Lin, who will deliver the 2019 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 in the Grand Horizons Ballroom at UCLA’s Covel Commons. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. followed by a reception and book signing at 5 p.m.

Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picturebooks, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,” her Geisel Honor “Ling & Ting,” her National Book Finalist “When the Sea Turned to Silver,” and her Caldecott Honor “A Big Mooncake for Little Star.” But, it also causes Grace to persevere for diversity as a New England Public Radio commentator and when she gave her TEDx talk “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” as well as her PBSNewHour video essay “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Organized by the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the UCLA Department of Information Studies, the annual Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture is a tribute to the former faculty member Dr. Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989), who was a noted American children’s librarian, author, and lecturer. She was an outspoken advocate for excellence in children’s literature, making her one of the most influential children’s librarians of her generation. The event, which is in its 27th year, has featured authors and illustrators that have been recognized with prominent awards in children’s and young adult literature, including Virginia Hamilton (1999); Chris Raschka (2007); Jules Feiffer (2010); Allen Say (2012); and Yuji Morales (2016). In addition, Juan Felipe Herrera, the U.S. Poet Laureate, delivered the Sayers Lecture in 2017.

“We honor the legacy of Frances Clarke Sayers by inviting the most distinguished contemporary writers and illustrators of books for children to come and speak to students, alumni, and the general public,” says Virginia Walter, professor emerita, UCLA Department of Information Studies.  “This is our gift to everyone in Southern California who cares about providing children and teens with the very best books to grow on.”

Admission for this event is free. To RSVP visit For more information, call the GSE&IS Office of External Relations at (310) 206-0375, or email 

For more information on Grace Lin, visit her website.

Photo by Alan Bradley,