of Light and Lines
The bold story of Maya Lin, the visionary artist-architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
You may be familiar with the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial. But do you know about the artist-architect who created this landmark?
As a child, Maya Lin loved to study the spaces around her. She explored the forest in her backyard, observing woodland creatures, and used her house as a model to build tiny towns out of paper and scraps. The daughter of a clay artist and a poet, Maya grew up with art and learned to think with her hands as well as her mind. From her first experiments with light and lines to the height of her success nationwide, this is the story of an inspiring American artist: the visionary artist-architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A NSTA Best STEM Book of the Year
A NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Washington Post Book that Can Help Build Strong Girls and Boys for Today's World
An Evanston Public Library Best Book of the Year
A Texas Topaz List Selection
An NCIBA Book Award Nominee
A CCBC Master List Selection
MAYA LIN: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines
text copyright (c) 2017 Jeanne Walker Harvey
illustrations copyright (c) 2017 Dow Phumurik
MAYA LIN: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines inspires *NEW* song titled A Place We Remember.
Released Veterans Day of 2022 by Kid Pan Alley
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines
“An artful resource for dreamers of all ages”
“Harvey's text makes thoughtful, relatable connections between Lin's work and the themes of her life; an author's note adds supplementary details on the memorial's design and touches on Lin's later work”
— The Horn Book - STARRED review
“Simple yet lyrical narrative flows effortlessly and will not overwhelm young readers . . . An ideal choice to pair with STEAM-related activities”
— School Library Journal
“A fine celebration of a renowned woman artist”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Harvey provides just enough biographical details to give a sense of Lin's life”
— Publishers Weekly
Design Your Own Memorial Activity
Downloadable write-and-draw worksheet for designing a memorial of an event, a place, a cause, or a group of people