Welcome to Lily LaMotte

UNHAPPY CAMPER is available April 23, 2024

I’d love to personalize a signed copy for you! 

Order at hello@imprintbookstore.com (360) 379-2617

Some scenes are humorous, others are heartwarming and emotional, and the book captures the range of the girls’ moods, fears, and dreams perfectly. With compassion, the story teaches the benefits of embracing one’s identity.
~~School Library Journal

“with nuance and care, this graphic novel captures the struggles and frustrations of those between cultures…The artwork has an appealingly exaggerated, mangalike flair, vividly bringing to life the sisters’ emotions.”

“Xu’s clean, two-dimensional linework complements Lamotte’s winsome story showcasing…this feast for the stomach and the spirit.”
~~Publisher’s Weekly

In this story of cultural heritage and identity reconciliation, LaMotte and Xu explore the often nebulous, isolating experience of not quite fitting in…Moments of humor captured through playful anime-like facial expressions and gestures propel the plot.”
~~Horn Book

Chloe’s Lunar New Year is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book 2024 Edition.

It’s almost Lunar New Year, and Chloe can’t wait to celebrate! But first, Chloe and her family must prepare for the new year. They buy new shoes, lay out good-luck oranges in a bowl, decorate the red envelope, and make a crispy turnip cake. Everyone comes together to cook a fantastic feast, saving a plate for A-má, of course. Chloe enjoys the festive celebration and yummy food, but most of all, she loves spending time with her family.

Dispensing with the external drama of the dragon, parade, or noisy firecrackers, this warm book depicts family as central. Back matter includes an author’s note and a recipe for fortune cake. VERDICT LaMotte’s success with Measuring Up looks likely to extend to younger readers here.
~~School Library Journal Starred Review

Themes of love and family underlie the snappy text.”

Chloe’s Lunar New Year includes a recipe for Fortune Cake. I’m making fortune cake with my daughter in this video.

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 also available as a French edition Graines de Cheffes.

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

ALA Top Ten Graphic Novels for Children Reading List

Cybils Awards Winner Graphic Novel Elementary/Middle Grade

Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Honor Winner

Washington State Book Awards Finalist

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.”

Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Awards Nominee

Illinois Bluestem 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 in Idaho, Oregon, Gallaudet University and others

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

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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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I am passionate about supporting libraries and serve on the King County Library System Foundation Board. I also support kidlit writers as 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.

The March 2, 2024 King County Library System Foundation Gala brings keynote speaker


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

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