Keynote speaker on Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Children's Literature Day
Minh Lê is the author of the picture books Lift (a Washington Post Best Book of the Year) and Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature) illustrated by Caldecott
Medalist Dan Santat, Let Me Finish! (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and The Perfect Seat illustrated by Gus Gordon (all published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).
I am also writing Green Lantern: Legacy, a middle grade graphic novel (illustrated
by Andie Tong) for DC Comics and and has appeared in anthologies such as The Creativity Project and The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth.
During the day, he is a federal early childhood policy expert who has worked in education
at the national, state, and local level -- both in and out of the classroom. He got
his bachelor's in Psychology from Dartmouth College and received a master's in Ed
Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Outside of spending time with his wonderful wife and children at their home in San
Diego, his favorite place to be is in the middle of a good book.
He writes about picture books at Bottom Shelf Books (my blog) and as a member of the children's literature consortium The Niblings and has been published in the New York Times, The Horn Book, HuffPost, NPR, Book Riot, the Atlantic Wire, the New York Daily News and Reading Rainbow. He served as a judge for the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
and was named one of the 100 Coolest Dads in America by Fatherly.com in 2018. He currently serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books.
He has the great fortune of being represented by the one and only Stephen Barbara of InkWell Management.