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Ginnie Lo

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

Biography: 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. Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic appears on many Thanksgiving Reading Lists for Children. 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.

  • Mahjong All Day Long Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for outstanding picture book debut
  • Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic Highly Commended Title, Charlotte Zolotow Award, 2013; Illinois Ag in the Classroom Book Selection, ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, 2019

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic
ISBN: 1600604420 OCLC: 776999987

Lee & Low Books 2012

When Jinyi and her family discover a soybean field, they begin a tradition that becomes a staple of the Chinese American community in the Midwest.

Mahjong All Day Long
ISBN: 0802789420 OCLC: 55019136

Walker Childrens New York : 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.