Welcome to Lily LaMotte

Cybils Award Winner
American Library Association Top Ten Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List

New York Times Book review

“The increasingly suspenseful elimination rounds of the contest give this funny, fast-paced narrative its dramatic arc. And the graphic novel format, featuring Xu’s big-eyed characters, clean lines and simple, playful aesthetic, is a perfect vehicle, allowing readers to see for themselves what Cici’s creative rice dishes look like….The happy ending, meanwhile, is as satisfying as a juicy dumpling.”

Measuring Up is honored to be included on these lists. Click on the links to see all the wonderful books to check out.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study exhibit through December 17, 2022 Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics”

Gold House Book Club Selection

On Today Show’s AAPI Heritage Month list of “24 beautiful kids’ books that reflect the Asian American experience.”

WA State Book Awards Finalist

Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Awards Nominee

Illinois Bluestem Nominee

Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Nominee

Virginia Reads Middle Grade Selection

Wisconsin State Reading Association Just One More Page Selection

South Carolina Association of School Librarians Junior Book Award Nominee

Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee

Texas Library Association Little Maverick Selection

NEA January Reading Across America Selection

Seattle Public Library Global Reading Challenge Selection

Battle of the Books Selection

Amazon Best Books November selection

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection

Parents Magazine Book Nook October selection

Fall 2020 Indie Next selection

CBC October Hot Off the Press selection

I’m excited to announce my new middle grade graphic novel Unhappy Camper is coming May 2023 with my brilliant Measuring Up illustrator Ann Xu and my debut picture book Chloe’s Lunar New Year is coming January 3, 2023 illustrated by Michelle Lee. I’ve seen sketches for both books and am thrilled with what Ann and Michelle have done!!

Add Unhappy Camper and Chloe’s Lunar New Year to your Goodreads.

May 2023

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Also, check out Lily’s cooking video for HarperCollins’ Shelf Stuff on YouTube

and Lily, Robin Ha, Shannon Hale, and Kathleen Gros at their NY Comic Con Metaverse panel.

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Thank you for adding MEASURING UP to your Goodreads shelf here!

Lily is signing both the hardback and paperback copies at Brick & Mortar Books at info@brickandmortarbooks.com or by phone (425-869-0606) and at the Third Place Books buttons below. Please let them know if you would like the book personalized.

MEASURING UP announcement

My Projects:

I am passionate about supporting libraries through my work as a King County Library System Foundation Board member. Kwame Alexander kicked off the 2021 Virtual Gala with a reading his poem followed by the keynote by Colson Whitehead. The VIP Literary Lion included thirty authors (including me!). Watch the main program here starting at 30:50.

Kwame Alexander, Erica Bauermeister, Charles Blow, Mike Chen, Hsiao-Ching Chou, Naima Coster, Matt de la Peña, Bob Dugoni, AJ Hackwith, Donna Barba Higuera, Kiku Hughes, Pramila Jayapal, Alka Joshi, Lauren Ko, Nina LaCour, Lily LaMotte, Karl Marlantes, Ciscoe Morris, Emma Teal Laukitis & Claire Neaton, Steve Olson, Ijeoma Oluo, Mitali Perkins, Mattilda Sycamore, Aiden Thomas, Jess Walter, Lindy West and Molly Wizenberg.

We’re very excited that Rainn Wilson is our 2022 Literary Lions Gala keynote! Save the date for March 5, 2022.

I also support kidlit writers. I was a member of the SCBWI Western WA advisory committee in many roles such as SCBWI WWA Conference Coordinator, interim Assistant Regional Advisor, Monthly Programming Coordinator, and Weekend on the Water Retreat Coordinator. 

I am a member of and highly recommend these writing organizations:

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Contact Lily to inquire about author visits.