Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

For Kids (Ages 5-12)

May 21, 2020

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PBS Books presented a live discussion with author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat about their book Drawn Together in an interactive event.

Drawn Together is the first collaboration between Minh Lê and Dan Santat, and it received six starred reviews and won the APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2019. It was also on over 24 best-books-of-the-year lists in outlets like The Wall Street Journal and NPR. It’s been called everything from a “must have” to “phantasmagoric” by its reviewers and readers.


About the panelists

Minh Lê is a national early childhood policy expert, author of The Perfect Seat (illustrated by Gus Gordon), Drawn Together (illustrated by Dan Santat and winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature), andLet Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas), and has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. He went to Dartmouth College and has a master’s in education from Harvard University. Visit Minh online at


Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award- winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!, The Cookie Fiasco, After the Fall, and others. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and a menagerie of pets. Visit him at


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