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Gracey Zhang

Gracey Zhang is a freelance illustrator and animator. She was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Zhang earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and now lives in New York City. She created a couple of comics or zines including Golden and Six Months prior to making her debut as a writer and illustrator of the picture book Lala’s Words.

Fiction (Comic/Zine)


: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.

Synopsis (From the creator’s website)

A little picture book into the magical world of Porto at night.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Lala’s Words

Written and illustrated by Gracey Zhang.
New York: Orchard Books, 2021.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Oh, there goes Lala! She carries a pot of water around the corner, down the block, and over the fence, to a patch of dirt and concrete where tiny weeds sprout. “Hello, hello, friends!” she whispers. Lala waters the plants every day, but it is her kind words that make them sway and nod.

Lala’s wild nature and quiet compassion enchant in this evergreen story about the power of kind words and the magic of being loved for who you are.

Awards and Honours

2022 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (Finalist)


Gracey Zhang personal website

Publisher Scholastic, owner of the Orchard Books imprint