Huy Voun Lee arrived in New York City at the age of six as a Cambodian refugee. She quickly developed a love for art and Origami. Huy has written and illustrated many books for children using her colorful cut paper style incorporating Chinese characters into her books. On many days, she can be found sharing the joys of Origami and art with school children in New York City and visitors of the Museum of Natural History. Huy studied at the School for Visual Arts and lives with her husband on the Upper West Side.
Awards / Honors
- 2022 CCBC Choices- Like a Dandelion
- 2022 Bank Street Books List- Like a Dandelion
- 2021, Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2021 About Crossing Borders – Like a Dandelion
- 2021 Featured in the Eric Carle Museum “Asians, Everyday” Online Exhibition
- 2013 Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Book of the Year – Red, White, and Boom!
- 2013 Society of Illustrator’s Original Art Show – Red, White and Boom!
- 2011 Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Book of the Year – Fire Drill
Praise for Red, White, and Boom!
“Rich in texture and beautiful patterns, the intricate cut-paper collages depict a multicultural, multigenerational mosaic of people...”School Library Journal
Praise for Honk Honk Goose
“A fun read-aloud grounded by great informational back matter, Sayre's latest is one of a few picture books that give a nod to father goose...Lee's cut-paper-collage illustrations wonderfully complement the text.”Starred Review, Booklist
Praise for 1,2,3 Go!
“Lee's word and number primer has all the festive ebullience of a Chinese New Year's dragon. Each cream-colored, double-page spread serves as a backdrop for elegant, boldly-colored cut paper figures, a punchy number-verb comination and the appropriate Chinese characters.”Publishers Weekly
Praise for In the Park
“Harmony is the effect Huy achieves in her playful collage cutouts of blooming park scenes. As in At the Beach and In the Snow, Huy fluidly weaves a lesson in drawing Chinese characters into a mother-son outing...Huy gracefully depicts the American melting pot in these double-spread pages framed with borders of soft colors that integrate silhouettes of elements from the text...”Publishers Weekly