Pick up an Inspirations kit at the Children’s Services Desk! This is a new program where kids of all ages can get inspired and discover diverse authors and artists through hands-on activities.

The first featured author and illustrator is Grace Lin, who has won national awards both for her art and for her writing! Each kit contains:

  • A page full of math activities to go with her new series of board books, Storytelling Math. Materials are included in the bag so you can make a windsock (decorated paper, crepe paper strips, yarn for the handle) and bubble wands (pipe cleaners/chenille stems).
  • A coloring page based on the book The Ugly Vegetables (also available on hoopla) and a recipe for Ugly Vegetable Soup
  • Writing activities inspired by the characters in the award-winning Ling & Ting series for beginning readers (also available on hoopla)
  • Color-and-cut Ling & Ting paper dolls
  • A cutting and lacing activity (yarn for lacing and for hanging up the cloud are included) based on the book A Big Bed for Little Snow
  • A drawing and craft activity (a plastic sandwich bag and scrap paper are included) based on the same book
  • A list of more books by Grace Lin (some titles are also available on hoopla and TumbleBooks)

Would you like to explore more? Visit gracelin.com, the Storytelling Math page for the publisher Charlesbridge (the Activity Guide can be downloaded) or Curious City for more activities like the ones in the kit. You could also try:

We hope you enjoy and be sure to check back soon for more Inspirations Kits!