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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ginnie Lo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: , in


Illinois Connection

Ginnie Lo received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ginnie Lo and her sister Beth are the creators of Mahjong All Day Long, which won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for an outstanding picture book debut. Like their first book, Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic is inspired by the sisters' memories of growing up Chinese American in the Midwest. Ginnie Lo is a retired computer science professor who taught at the University of Oregon for many years. She enjoys hiking, international folk dancing, and traveling especially taking family trips to China. The mother of two grown children, she currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.


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Titles At Your Library

Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic
ISBN: 1600604420

Lee & Low Books. 2012

"A Chinese American girl's Auntie Yang discovers soybeans-a favorite Chinese food-growing in Illinois, leading her family to a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event. Includes author's note and glossary"--Provided by publisher.

Mahjong All Day Long
ISBN: 0802789412

Walker Childrens. 2005

MaMa and BaBa play mahjong all day long. And all night long. We hear the clicking of mahjong tiles morning, noon, and night.

Big sister, JieJie, and her little brother, DiDi, see their parents playing mahjong all the time. It's their favorite family tradition. With Uncle T.T. and Auntie Helen around, the house is always alive with singing and chatting, the aromas of hot tea and good food, and of course the constant sounds of a family having fun together!

One day JieJie and Didi will grow up and have families of their own, and they will teach their children the game as their parents taught them. As it has done for centuries, the playing of mahjong continues to bring families together, allowing for traditions to be passed on generation after generation.


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