Love Cannot Be Lost in Translation: Reflecting on the Work of Minh Lê -

Join us for a special classroom event with children’s book author Minh Lê!


Sponsored by NCTE’s Standing Committee on Global Citizenship, this is the first of two events with author Minh Lê that will focus on global citizenship in the classroom and beyond. Minh Lê’s books explore themes of identity and belonging in large and small ways, helping readers discover more about their authentic selves and the world around them.

We invite educators and their students in grades K–8 to join us for this 45-minute webinar. The agenda includes an interactive activity and conversation with the author that will be focused on student engagement. We encourage you to read some of Minh’s books (links in his bio below) before the event, but it’s not a requirement for involvement.

The session will be moderated by NCTE Standing Committee on Global Citizenship members Grace Lee and Darius Phelps.


Wednesday, January 17, 1:30–2:15 p.m. ET

This event is free to all, but registration is required. If you do not have an NCTE account, you will be asked to create one at no cost. If you will be watching live with a classroom, only one registration is needed and you may log in from your own computer. A recording will be available to all registrants after the event if you are not available to watch live. Please contact with any questions.


There is also a separate event with Minh Lê scheduled for later in the evening. Find details about the educator-focused event here.)








Minh Lê is the author of several children’s books, including Drawn Together, which won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Lift, which was an Eisner Award Nominee. His other books include Let Me Finish!The Perfect Seat, and The Blur. Minh has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. He currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and kids. Visit him online at or on Instagram and Twitter @bottomshelfbks.


Photo © Daniel Corey



Grace Lee is a third-culture individual who has lived and received her education in South Korea, the UK, and the US. She works as an English language arts teacher at Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School in Illinois. Lee has earned two master of science degrees in education: one in curriculum and instruction, and the other in educational administration with a principal’s license. She holds a master of arts degree in public policy and administration from Northwestern University, where she focused on policy at all levels. From 2018–2020, Grace was a Kent D. Williamson Policy Fellow at NCTE, involved in educational policy work. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois, researching educational policy and practice. As the chair of the NCTE Standing Committee on Global Citizenship, she advocates for promoting interest and knowledge of global connections and issues across the Council.



Darius Phelps is a PhD candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a 2023 recipient of the NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Award. He is the Assistant Director of Programs at the Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts (PALA) at New York University and is a manager at Brooklyn Poets. An educator, poet, spoken word artist, and activist, Darius writes poems about grief, liberation, emancipation, and reflection through the lens of a teacher of color experiencing Black boy joy. His poems have appeared in NYSEC’s English Record, NCTE’s English Journal, Pearl Press magazine, ëëN magazine, and many more. Recently, he was featured on WCBS and highlighted the importance of Black male educators in the classroom.