Minh Lê is the award-winning author of Drawn Together and Lift (both illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat) and other picture books for young readers. He is also the author of Green Lantern: Legacy, a middle grade graphic novel for DC Comics.
In our interview, Minh talks about the deeply personal inspiration for Drawn Together and The Green Lantern: Legacy, why he loves collaborating with Dan Santat, what story time is like in the Lê family, the importance of diverse books, and much more.
About Minh Lê
Minh Lê is the author of the picture books Lift (Eisner Award nominee) and Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature) illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, Let Me Finish!, and The Perfect Seat. He also wrote Green Lantern: Legacy, a middle grade graphic novel (illustrated by Andie Tong) for DC Comics.
In 2022, Minh is finishing up work on A Lotus for You, the authorized picture book biography of the world-renowned Zen Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Thích Nhất Hạnh, who died in January 2022.
During the day, Minh 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 earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Minh writes about picture books at Bottom Shelf Books (his blog) and has been published in the New York Times, The Horn Book, HuffPost, NPR, Book Riot, 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.
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.
[NOTE: This brief biography is excerpted from Minh's website.]