Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness

Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness

by Gracey Zhang


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From debut author-illustrator Gracey Zhang comes a timeless story that celebrates the power of kind words. Zhang’s gorgeous illustrations use select colors that emphasize the evergreen moral of the story, while whimsically highlighting the world in which Lala has created. Lala’s Words is full of compassion and creativity and easily sits alongside the classics.

Winner of the 2022 Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Award!

From debut author-illustrator Gracey Zhang comes a timeless and timely picture book that celebrates the unassuming power of kind words.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781338648232
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/06/2021
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 32,833
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Gracey Zhang is an illustrator and animator with a love of storytelling and verse. She is the author and illustrator of Lala's Words and the illustrator of The Big Bath House, Nigel and the Moon, and The Upside Down Hat. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and received her degree in Illustration from RISD. Gracey is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she can be found window watching from the train when she's not scribbling away at her desk. You can visit her at

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