hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Ken Min

Ken grew up on the works of Margret & H.A. Rey, William Joyce, and DC Comics. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design. He has storyboarded for various commercials and animated TV shows such as The PJs, Futurama and Fairly Odd Parents. His illustration work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In 2012, the first picture book he illustrated, Hot, Hot Roti For Dada-Ji, received the Picture Book Honor Award for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). These days, you will find Ken illustrating, storyboarding, writing, and dreaming up stories for children.


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE:  I’m not a coffee drinker (wha-?? that’s outrageous!) so when I’m in the mood for a hot beverage, I like a cup of tea or hot chocolate. BUT, I will say, nothing says literature like a cup of hot cocoa in an F. Scott Fitzgerald mug!

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES:  What Does it Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?, written by Rana DiOrio and Emma D. Dryden (Little Pickle Press, January 2016) and Ah-Choo!, written by Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams (Sterling, March 1, 2016). 


☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1960), The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman and Marla Frazee (HMH Books, 1997), The Book That Eats People by John Perry and Mark Fearing (Tricycle Press, 2009), Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex (HMH Books, 2011). 

☕ Visit Ken Min’s Official Website


☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Click here to read how Ken made the pictures for What Does it Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?! 


☕☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Click the image below to read my review of Ken’s first book, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji!



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7 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Ken Min

    1. His aromatic pictures in Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji first got my attention :). There’s always a lot of fun detail to look for in his illustrations — you can always feel the energy!

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  1. He’s so right that nothing says literature like hot cocoa in an F. Scott Fitzgerald mug, but it takes an exhausted illustrator to really round it out!
    That illustration with the dog shampoo really piques my interest!


  2. Thanks for introducing an illustrator working under the radar. I like his varied drawing style – and his Fitzgerald mug!

    *wanders off to find hot chocolate*


    1. So many talented folks out there; I like shining the spotlight on as many as I can. 🙂 Love his mug too, I went through an intense Fitzgerald period in college.


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