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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ginnie Lo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Ginnie Lo received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ginnie Lo and her sister Beth are the creators of Mahjong All Day Long, which won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for an outstanding picture book debut. Like their first book, Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic is inspired by the sisters' memories of growing up Chinese American in the Midwest. Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic appears on many Thanksgiving Reading Lists for Children.

Ginnie Lo is a retired computer science professor who taught at the University of Oregon for many years. She enjoys hiking, international folk dancing, and traveling especially taking family trips to China. The mother of two grown children, she currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.


Mahjong All Day Long Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for outstanding picture book debut Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic Highly Commended Title, Charlotte Zolotow Award, 2013 Illinois Ag in the Classroom Book Selection, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, 2013 Starred Review, Booklist Starred Review, Kirkus Starred Review, School Library Journal Starred Review, Publishers Weekly ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Auntie Yang's great soybean picnic /
ISBN: 1600604420. OCLC Number: 776999987

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"A Chinese American girl's Auntie Yang discovers soybeans--a favorite Chinese food-growing in Illinois, leading her family to a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event. Includes author's note and glossary"--Provided by publisher.

Mahjong all day long /
ISBN: 0802789412. OCLC Number: 55019136

Walker & Co.,. .

Two children describe the family tradition of playing mahjong.