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Richard Lo

Born: Canton, China
Pen Name: Rich Lo

Connection to Illinois: At the age of seven, Lo and his family immigrated from China to the United States and settled in Chicago's Chinatown. Lo graduated from Eastern Illinois University and currently resides in Naperville.

Biography: Rich Lo has been drawing and painting since he was a child. When he was seven years old, Rich and his family immigrated to the United States from Canton, China, and settled in Chicago's Chinatown. He is an accomplished illustrator and fine artist, Rich Lo's work can be found on packaging and ads for national brands and on large installations in public buildings throughout the Midwest. He is also the illustrator of Mountain Chef and Father's Chinese Opera, which was an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book. He is the author-illustrator of After the Snowfall, Chinese Kite Festival, and Chinese New Year Colors.

  • """Father's Chinese Opera"""
  • -- Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Picture Book Category, 2014-2015
  • """Chinese New Year"""
  • -- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020
  • "After the Snowfall"
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Primary Literary Genre(s): Illustrator; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

After the snowfall /
ISBN: 163076390X OCLC: 1226498817

A picture book in which a fox traverses a forest in winter and comes across other inhabitants there.

Chinese kite festival /
ISBN: 0823447642 OCLC: 1243020109

"Animal names and their significance in Chinese culture is explained in simple bilingual text for young readers"--

Chinese New Year Colors
ISBN: 0823447510 OCLC:

Holiday House 2019

Father's Chinese Opera
ISBN: 1628736100 OCLC: 863044021

Sky Pony Press 2014

A little boy wishes to join his father's Chinese opera but learns that you must work hard in order to reach your goals. With an author's note at the end--

Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service
ISBN: 1580897118 OCLC: 929048721

Charlesbridge 2016

Tie Sing was born in the mountains. The mountains were in his blood. But because he was of Chinese descent at a time in America when to be Chinese meant working in restaurants or laundries, Tie Sing's prospects were limited. But he had bigger plans. He began cooking for mapmakers and soon built a reputation as the best trail cook in California. When millionaire Stephen Mather began his quest to create a national park service in 1915, he invited a group of influential men -- writers, tycoons, members of Congress, and even a movie star -- to go camping in the Sierras. Tie Sing was hired to cook. Tie Sing planned diligently. He understood the importance of this trip. But when disaster struck -- twice! -- and Tie Sing's supplies were lost, it was his creative spirit and quick mind that saved the day. His sumptuous menus had to be struck and Tie Sing had to start over in order to feed the thirty people in the group for ten whole days. His skills were tested and Tie Sing rose to the challenge. On the last night, he fed not just the campers' bodies, but also their minds, reminding them to remember and protect the mountains.