Welcome to Lily LaMotte

Congratulations to Bozhena L. for winning the MEASURING UP Giveaway of the book and the Belgian linen/cotton tea towel that I made. Thanks for her shoutout to her local indie bookstore Books Are Magic! And, a big thanks to everyone who entered! If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll have seen my newsletter about a possible Zoom sometime the end of November for my subscribers.

MEASURING UP by Lily LaMotte

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.”

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

“Ho and LaRocca both recommend this graphic novel about a girl who moves to Seattle from Taiwan and feels out of place. “Cici is inspired by both her grandmother and Julia Child in this sweet, funny story of friendship, family and fantastic food,” LaRocca says.”

I’m excited to announce my new middle grade graphic novel UNHAPPY CAMPER coming May 24, 2022 with my brilliant MEASURING UP illustrator Ann Xu and my debut picture book CHLOE’S LUNAR NEW YEAR coming Winter 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 to your Goodreads here.

UNHAPPY CAMPER available May 24, 2022

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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.

Subscribe to Lily’s occasional newsletter for the video of Chapter One plus news, goodies, and giveaways here.

MEASURING UP with HarperAlley

is reviewed by the New York Times Book Review,

an Amazon Best Books November Selection,

a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection,

Parents Magazine Book Nook October Selection,

a Fall 2020 Indie Next Selection,

and a CBC October Hot Off the Press Selection.

And, 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:

SCBWI logo

Contact Lily to inquire about author visits.