68 episodes

Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

Book Friends Forever Podcast Alvina and Grace

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    • 4.9, 111 Ratings

Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

    Episode 68: Teaching during a pandemic, part two

    Episode 68: Teaching during a pandemic, part two

    Grace and Alvina are joined by two friends, Heather and Fernando, who are both teachers to discuss remote learning during a pandemic. They also touch on the recent protests and how to talk to kids about race. This is part two. See complete shownotes at https://bookfriendsforever.com/

    • 44 min
    Episode 67: Teaching during a pandemic, part one

    Episode 67: Teaching during a pandemic, part one

    Grace and Alvina are joined by two friends, Heather and Fernando, who are both teachers to discuss remote learning during a pandemic. They also touch on the recent protests and how to talk to kids about race. This is part one. See complete shownotes at https://bookfriendsforever.com/

    • 40 min
    Episode 66: Decision Making, and Antiracism

    Episode 66: Decision Making, and Antiracism

    Grace and Alvina talk about the murder of George Floyd and recent protests and uprisings, including discussing issues of race and how and when to talk to children about race. They also discuss decision making and how they make difficult decisions, especially in light of the pandemic. See complete shownotes at https://bookfriendsforever.com/

    • 44 min
    Episode 65: Our Asian American identities part two

    Episode 65: Our Asian American identities part two

    Grace and Alvina are recording live in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, sponsored by the Asian Author Alliance. This is part two of their discussion about their Asian American heritage, and how it has informed their work. See complete shownotes at https://bookfriendsforever.com/

    • 34 min
    Episode 64: Our Asian American Identities Part One

    Episode 64: Our Asian American Identities Part One

    Grace and Alvina are recording live in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, sponsored by the Asian Author Alliance. They discuss their Asian American heritage, and how it has informed their work. See complete shownotes at https://bookfriendsforever.com/

    • 34 min
    Episode 63: How the Pandemic Might Change Us

    Episode 63: How the Pandemic Might Change Us

    Grace and Alvina discuss how the pandemic might change them in the long term, discussing everything from hair styles to working styles, jigsaw puzzles and gardening. See complete shownotes at https://bookfriendsforever.com/

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

PandaB3arG1rl ,

Always a happy listener

Hearing Alvina and Grace’s voices and chatting conversationally about the children’s industry, that I love and work within, is so comforting and entertaining. I love hearing their take on topics coming from their Asian-American roots, like mine. The diaspora of Asian-American voices and opinions are a much needed one and I feel these two strong, successful ladies fill the void genuinely and smartly with lots of heart!

Kim chee Mom ,

Love the Perspective & Friendship!

I don’t usually listen to podcasts, but I am hooked, thank you, Alvina and Grace! The dynamic is awesome! Very, very informative and you both have wonderfully soothing voices.

wrenbirdsf ,

Terrific Podcast About Children’s Publishing

Not only is this podcast packed with helpful information, it’s jammed with fascinating insights and heartfelt observations from two of the brightest stars in children’s publishing. These episodes will make you wish you could be book friends forever with Grace and Alvina, too. Highly recommended!

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