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Three Up-and-Coming Writers of Color to Watch Out For

07/28/2016 10:00:51 AM

Learn more about the New Visions Award Finalists' writing experience, what inspires them, and what they hope readers will take away from their stories. > read more

Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: Reflection with Matthew Gollub

07/27/2016 07:03:11 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and to recognize how far the company has come, we are featuring one title a week to see how it is being used in classrooms today, as well as hear from the authors and illustrators. This week a > read more

Bridging Stories and Communities: The Harlem Book Fair

07/26/2016 10:00:59 AM

Our summer intern Pia talks about her first book fair experience with LEE & LOW BOOKS! > read more

Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: Under the Lemon Moon

07/25/2016 07:00:21 AM

Celebrating 25 Books from 25 Years for LEE & LOW’s 25th Year Anniversary. This week we feature Under the Lemon Moon. > read more

Part 2–Having Students Analyze Our Classroom Library To See How Diverse It Is

07/21/2016 07:58:58 AM

In a follow-up interview to Jessica Lifshitz's recent essay, guest blogger Jessica describes why she wanted her fifth grade students to analyze their classroom library for its culturally responsiveness and relevancy and how she included families and > read more

Meet the Newest Cute Animal of 2016!

07/19/2016 10:11:02 AM

Red pandas? Done. Quokkas? Yawn. Pikas? Boooring. Here are six reasons why you need to know about the olinguito. > read more

Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: Cool Melons–Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa

07/18/2016 07:03:52 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and to recognize how far the company has come, we are featuring one title a week to see how it is being used in classrooms today, as well as hear from the authors and illustrators. This week: > read more

Shaping Voice and Tackling Heavy Themes in Children’s Stories

07/14/2016 10:34:48 AM

New Voices Award Winner Patricia Smith and New Voices Award Honor Hayan Charara share their experiences with shaping voice while tackling the difficult themes in their award-winning titles. > read more

25 Books from 25 Years: Richard Wright and the Library Card

07/11/2016 07:13:01 AM

Today, we are celebrating Richard Wright and the Library Card, an inspirational story for children of all backgrounds. This book shares a poignant turning point in the life of a young man who became one of this country's most brilliant writers, the a > read more

Part 1–Having Students Analyze Our Classroom Library To See How Diverse It Is

07/07/2016 07:02:45 AM

In an excerpt of her essay, guest blogger Jessica Lifshitz describes how she empowers her fifth grade students to analyze their classroom library for its culturally responsiveness and relevancy. > read more

25 Books From 25 Years: Confetti: Poems For Children

06/27/2016 07:00:28 AM

Today, we’re celebrating one of our favorite poetry titles: Confetti: Poems for Children. This book celebrate the vivid landscape of the Southwest and the delightful rapport that children share with the natural world. > read more

Interview: 2013 New Voices Award Winner Sylvia Liu

06/23/2016 10:34:16 AM

Interview with 2013 New Voices Award winner Sylvia Liu, author of A MORNING WITH GRANDPA. > read more

25 Books from 25 Years: Sam and the Lucky Money

06/20/2016 09:54:03 AM

Today, we're celebrating one of our most popular and bestselling titles: Sam and the Lucky Money. This book teaches about kindness, generosity, and gratitude, and lets readers experience Chinese New Year in New York's Chinatown. > read more

No More “Illegal Aliens”

06/16/2016 11:56:35 AM

In this guest post, Children's Book Press author René Colato Laínez talks about his own experiences coming to the US from El Salvador and the label "illegal alien." > read more

Diversity 102: The Library of Congress Battle Over “Illegal Alien”

06/15/2016 12:16:25 PM

Over the past several months, a quiet battle has been raging among librarians and politicians over the term "illegal alien." In this post we give a timeline of the issue and more information on what you can do to help. > read more

Celebrating 25 Books from 25 Years: Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree

06/13/2016 06:30:17 AM

Celebrating 25 Books from 25 Years for LEE & LOW's 25th Year Anniversary. This week we feature Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree. > read more

Come Meet LEE & LOW BOOKS at ALA 2016!

06/09/2016 09:48:43 AM

Check out LEE & LOW BOOK’s schedule for the American Library Association conference in Orlando. > read more

The Diversity Gap in the Tony Awards, 1982-2015

06/07/2016 06:00:32 AM

This year, Broadway megahit Hamilton—which almost exclusively stars actors of color—broke Tony records with a whopping 16 nominations. Add to that nominations for The Color Purple, Eclipsed, and Shuffle Along, and we're in a year where conceivabl > read more

Celebrating 25 Books From 25 Years: Baseball Saved Us

06/06/2016 07:09:34 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and to recognize how far the company has come, we are featuring one title a week to see how it is being used in classrooms today, as well as hear from the authors and illustrators. This week: > read more

2016 Diverse Summer Reading Lists Grades PreK-8

06/02/2016 06:30:15 AM

Diverse Summer Reading Lists 2016 for Grades PreK-8. > read more

Honoring Memorial Day with LEE & LOW BOOKS

05/26/2016 11:11:19 AM

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with these great titles from LEE & LOW BOOKS. > read more

Author Rosanne Parry on the Benefits of Reading Levels

05/25/2016 10:43:04 AM

In this guest post, author and bookseller Rosanne Parry offers her thoughts on why reading levels can be valuable, despite some of the drawbacks. > read more

New May Releases from LEE & LOW and TU BOOKS

05/19/2016 09:31:32 AM

New May releases from LEE & LOW and TU BOOKS. > read more

Announcing the Winner of Our New Visions Writing Contest

05/18/2016 10:33:57 AM

We're thrilled to announce that Supriya Kelkar has won the 2015 New Visions Award Writing Contest for her middle grade novel "Ahimsa," set in 1940s India. > read more

Interview: Kimberly Reid, author of PERFECT LIARS

05/13/2016 09:12:02 AM

TU BOOKS author Kimberly Reid on crafting the perfect heist novel, her writing tips, and breaking stereotypes. > read more

Empowering Parents to Increase Literacy in the Home: The PCHP Approach

05/09/2016 06:00:08 AM

Since 1965, The Parent Child-Home Program (PCHP) has been providing under-resourced families the necessary skills and tools to help their children thrive in school and life. PCHP’s nationwide network of program sites works with low-income families > read more

Diversity 102: Ageism in Children’s Literature

05/05/2016 10:20:40 AM

Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Laura Reiko Simeon writes about ageism in children's literature and the importance of diverse portrayals of the elderly. > read more

How to Use Family Diversity and Family Structures to Teach Empathy

05/02/2016 07:05:36 AM

In this interview, guest blogger Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not in Our School, shares the organization's latest video release about families and family structures. > read more

International Jazz Day: Seven Books that Celebrate Jazz

04/28/2016 09:45:45 AM

Celebrate International Jazz Day with seven books from LEE & LOW about Jazz. > read more

Illustrator Jessica Lanan Takes Us Behind the Art of The Story I’ll Tell

04/26/2016 11:38:25 AM

Illustrator Jessica Lanan takes readers through her art process for our new picture book, The Story I'll Tell. > read more

Poetry Friday: Animal Poems of the Iguazú/Animalario del Iguazú

04/22/2016 07:00:19 AM

April is National Poetry Month, so we’re celebrating by sharing a poem every week for Poetry Friday. This week’s poem is from Animal Poems of the Iguazú/Animalario del Iguazú, written by Francisco X. Alarcón. > read more

Interview: Nikki Grimes on Writing Poetry

04/20/2016 07:00:32 AM

Award-winning author Nikki Grimes talks poetry and writing Poems in the Attic. > read more

How to Be an Explorer in Your Own Backyard: The Olinguito Activity Kit and Teacher’s Guide

04/18/2016 06:00:50 AM

Download the FREE Olinguito Activity Kit and Teacher's Guide to learn how to be an explorer in your own backyard and use it to teach ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z! > read more

Pohela Boishakh: 3 Things That Celebrate the Bengali New Year

04/15/2016 10:33:50 AM

In a guest post, former LEE & LOW intern Mitul Daiyan lists three things that she and her family do to celebrate Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year. > read more

Come Meet LEE & LOW BOOKS at TLA 2016!

04/14/2016 11:31:55 AM

LEE & LOW's itinerary for TLA 2016. > read more

Cover Reveal: SHAME THE STARS

04/13/2016 07:00:47 AM

Cover reveal for SHAME THE STARS, a YA reimagining of "Romeo and Juliet" set during the explosive years of the Mexican Revolution. > read more

Celebrating Día at School

04/11/2016 07:05:32 AM

Join Lee & Low Books, Spanish Playground, MommyMaestra, and American Immigration Council for a discussion on how to create an effective Dia celebration at your school. Webinar is FREE and open to all on Thursday, April 14. > read more

Poetry Friday: Under the Mesquite

04/08/2016 10:57:00 AM

April is National Poetry Month, so we’re celebrating by sharing a poem every week for Poetry Friday. This week’s poem is from Under the Mesquite, written by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. > read more

Using “Under the Mesquite” to Help Medical Students Gain Cultural Awareness

04/07/2016 10:33:12 AM

In this review of UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, guest blogger Mark Kuczewski explains how novels can help medical students gain cultural awareness. > read more

#DVpit: A Twitter Pitching Event for Marginalized Authors

04/06/2016 07:15:31 AM

We are excited to share information on #DVpit, a special Twitter event created to showcase manuscript pitches by marginalized authors and help agents and editors discover them. > read more

Interview: Why Culturally Responsive Literature Matters

04/04/2016 07:10:05 AM

Guest blogger R. Joseph Rodríguez shares strategies on teaching Guadalupe García McCall’s novels in middle and high school English Language Arts, as well as discusses the impact of culturally responsive and relevant literature in the classroom. > read more

Resources for Teaching About Wangari Maathai and SEEDS OF CHANGE

04/01/2016 10:19:41 AM

Jill Eisenberg, our Literacy Specialist, celebrates Wangari Maathai's birthday and shares online resources, activities, and lesson plans for educators teaching the book Seeds Of Change. > read more

Diversity 102: 5 Things to Consider Before Putting Together a Diversity Panel

03/31/2016 09:59:49 AM

Putting together a panel about diversity? Here are five key things to consider. > read more

Four Depictions of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in YA

03/30/2016 11:57:44 AM

This list of four books explores depictions of post-traumatic stress disorder in YA novels. > read more

Salt Lake Comic Con 2016: M.K. Hutchins and Valynne E. Maetani Schedules

03/25/2016 09:58:03 AM

Salt Lake Comic Con schedules for M.K. Hutchins and Valynne E. Maetani. > read more

Writing conferences: A Place to Learn the Craft

03/24/2016 12:37:02 PM

Looking online for resources as a new writer can be confusing. If you google “how to get a book published,” many of the first results you see are ads for resources that are sketchy at best—pay-to-play publishing, self publishing, vanity publish > read more

Seven Children’s Books to Celebrate World Water Day

03/22/2016 10:58:55 AM

LEE & LOW highlights 7 books for World Water Day. > read more

LEE & LOW BOOKS Named 2016 Carle Honors Angel

03/18/2016 10:48:40 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS was named the 2016 Carle Honors Angel from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. > read more

Marketing 101: Six Tips for Leveraging Your Contacts

03/17/2016 09:50:58 AM

In this post, our marketing director shares six tips with authors for leveraging their personal contacts to help market their book. > read more

10 Great Women of Color Whose Stories You Should Know

03/10/2016 09:45:29 AM

In honor of Women's History Month, we round up 10 great picture books that feature and honor great women of color. > read more

Diversity Within Diversity: Moving Beyond Oppression

03/08/2016 06:45:58 AM

Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Laura Reiko Simeon discusses the need for "diversity within diversity" including multicultural books that go beyond oppression to tell other kinds of stories. > read more

Required Reading: Top Ten Responses to the Diversity Baseline Survey

03/03/2016 12:38:34 PM

It's been just over a month since the results of our Diversity Baseline Survey came out. In this post we share ten of our favorite responses that offer thoughtful commentary and ideas on how to look at the problem of diversity in publishing from a ne > read more

Building Your Classroom Library: 5 Things to Consider

03/01/2016 06:00:35 AM

Lindsay Panko, sixth-grade teacher, shares 5 ways to build a classroom library that works. > read more

Open eBooks Initiative Makes Thousands of Books Available to Low-Income Students

02/29/2016 06:30:43 AM

We are thrilled to be part of the new Open eBooks initiative which will make thousands of eBooks available free to low-income students. > read more

Interview: Glenda Armand on Shakespeare, Diversity, and Following Your Dreams

02/26/2016 06:30:04 AM

We interview author Glenda Armand on why she chose to write a book on Ira Aldridge and how far we've come when it comes to diversity in the arts. > read more

Thirteen African American Authors We’re Reading

02/23/2016 11:32:16 AM

LEE & LOW staff share thirteen books by African American authors they've recently read. > read more

Apply for the Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grant for Teachers and Librarians

02/22/2016 12:17:46 PM

The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth is now accepting applications for the Annual Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians. Each year, the conference offers two grants u > read more

Interview With Joseph McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project

02/18/2016 09:46:32 AM

We are honored to have the chance to interview Joseph McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, which works to preserve extant slave dwellings and organizes overnight stays in them to bring attention to the history and experiences of enslaved pe > read more

7 Core Values to Celebrate During Black History Month

02/16/2016 07:00:58 AM

Lee & Low explores 7 core values to celebrate and additional resources to use during Black History Month. > read more

Celebrate Black History Month with Five Collections from LEE & LOW BOOKS

02/11/2016 12:01:08 PM

Celebrate Black History Month with Five Collections from LEE & LOW BOOKS. > read more

The Diversity Baseline Survey: What Happens Next?

02/10/2016 06:45:30 AM

Since its release, the Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS) has become the most visited blog post we have ever produced. The DBS has been widely read and written about, and has opened up a renewed interest in how to improve staff diversity. In this follow > read more

Using Media Literacy to Examine Diversity In Literature

02/08/2016 09:39:00 AM

In this guest blog post, Media Literacy Expert Tina L. Peterson, Ph.D., shares ideas for thinking about diversity in books through a media literacy lens. > read more

Remembering Francisco Alarcón

02/04/2016 11:09:47 AM

Authors and artists remember beloved poet and teacher Francisco X. Alarcón. > read more

Author/Illustrator Lulu Delacre Take Us Behind the Art of ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z! : Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Unveiling the Cloud Forest

02/03/2016 07:30:12 AM

Author/illustrator Lulu Delacre shows us her art process for her new picture book, ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z! : Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Unveiling the Cloud Forest. > read more

Year of the Monkey: Books and Activities for Chinese New Year

02/01/2016 07:00:14 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares favorite books for Chinese New Year which falls on February 8th. > read more

Cover Design 101: A sense of mystery

01/28/2016 09:33:19 AM

In this post, we share the process for picking the final cover for our upcoming YA novel, PERFECT LIARS. > read more

Where Is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results

01/26/2016 06:00:30 AM

At the beginning of 2015 we decided to conduct a survey to establish a baseline that would measure the amount of diversity among publishing staff. We believed in the power of hard numbers to illuminate a problem that can otherwise be dismissed or swe > read more

Perseverance: Four American Performers of Color Who Found Success Abroad

01/25/2016 10:00:31 AM

The lack of diversity in the Oscars is part of a long history of discrimination against artists of color in the United States. Many people of color traveled to other countries where they would be free to perform their art. Here we look at the stories > read more

Behind the Scenes of Publishing’s First Diversity Baseline Survey

01/21/2016 10:10:02 AM

Next week we will release the results of the first Diversity Baseline Survey, which looks at diversity among publishing employees. Here we share a behind-the-scenes look at how the survey was created and how we got the industry to join in. > read more

Announcing our 2015 New Voices Award Winner

01/19/2016 14:40:26 PM

LEE & LOW BOOKS Announces the Winner of Our 2015 New Voices Award Contest > read more

Remembering Children’s Author Andrea Cheng

01/14/2016 12:35:35 PM

We remember author Andrea Cheng, whose award-winning books explored the world through a lens of sharp observation coupled with deep empathy. > read more

2016 APALA Literary Award Announced

01/12/2016 11:15:46 AM

Here are all the winners of the 2016 APALA Literature Award, given by the Asian Pacific American Library Association. We're excited to have two books on the list! > read more

Dive Into Reading!

01/07/2016 07:30:28 AM

Dive into reading with new early chapter books from LEE & LOW BOOKS! > read more

Star Wars in Perspective: The Diversity Gap in Sci-Fi Movies

12/17/2015 11:36:22 AM

To celebrate the release of Star Wars, we revisit our study on the diversity gap in sci-fi and fantasy movie blockbusters. > read more

Diversity 102: Using Scholarships to Diversify Publishing

12/16/2015 06:00:49 AM

In this interview, Jason Low of Lee & Low Books and Cathryn Mercier of Simmons College discuss how scholarships can help diversify the publishing world. > read more

How to Create a Schoolwide Program to Celebrate Student Writing and Heritage

12/14/2015 06:50:52 AM

We are so excited to share this school's example of creating a schoolwide program to celebrate heritage and culture through an artist study. This elementary school in San Francisco selected Juan Felipe Herrera to study for Latino Heritage Month and t > read more

Book List: 11 Children’s Books About Human Rights

12/10/2015 07:30:13 AM

These books explore issues of human rights throughout the world and highlight some of the great leaders who have worked to protect them. > read more

Creating a Classroom Community: What I Like Most About My Classroom is Who I Share It With

12/07/2015 07:00:00 AM

In the first post of the Teach Voices Lindsay Panko, a recent graduate and first year special education sixth-grade teacher, shares her experience and discusses what is important in creating a supportive classroom community. > read more

Holiday Gift Recommendations: 18 Children’s Books for Every Kid On Your List

12/03/2015 10:25:29 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS offers books for every person on your gift list! > read more

Turn a Blanket into a Scarf! Book-Inspired DIY Projects

12/02/2015 10:44:16 AM

We share some DIY projects readers can do with items around their house, inspired by MAYA'S BLANKET. > read more

Who Is Ira Aldridge?

11/19/2015 10:26:23 AM

Who is Ira Aldridge? We share a brief biography of an amazing man whose name should be better known. > read more

Happy Birthday Isamu Noguchi!

11/17/2015 11:22:06 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS remembers Isamu Noguchi on his birthday. > read more

Help Save a Life At Our Bone Marrow Registry Drive in NYC

11/13/2015 15:37:20 PM

Join Lee & Low Books at the the Bone Marrow Registry Drive in NYC's La Casa Azul bookstore November 21, 2015. > read more

Celebrating National Adoption Month With a New Picture Book

11/12/2015 11:42:20 AM

In a guest post, author Nancy Tupper Ling discusses the origins of her new picture book about adoption, THE STORY I'LL TELL. > read more

Is Staff Diversity Training Worth It?

11/11/2015 08:00:50 AM

We sent a select number of LEE & LOW staff members from different departments to an "Undoing Racism" workshop, held by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. > read more

Simmons College and LEE & LOW BOOKS Establish New Scholarship

11/04/2015 09:46:53 AM

Simmons College and LEE & LOW BOOKS Establish New Scholarship dedicated to bringing a wide range of voices into books for children and young adults, and to providing students access to careers that diversify the field of children’s literature. > read more

“¿Qué es deportar?”: Teaching from Students’ Lives

11/02/2015 07:05:07 AM

We are so excited and honored to share this one educator’s example of why books featuring characters like her students belong in her classroom and curriculum. In this guest post, Sandra L. Osorio describes using books that captured her students' bi > read more

Book Title Mashup: Lee & Low Edition

10/29/2015 11:57:36 AM

Lee & Low presents book title mashups of Lee & Low and Tu Books titles. > read more

Digital Illustration Up Close: Behind the Art of Amazing Places

10/28/2015 12:47:49 PM

Illustrator Christy Hale Takes Us Behind the Art of AMAZING PLACES. > read more

Thirteen Scary YA Books: Diverse Edition

10/22/2015 08:00:55 AM

A list of thirteen YA horror novels, all featuring diverse characters or by diverse authors. > read more

Recap: Diversity at New York Comic Con

10/15/2015 09:57:40 AM

LEE & LOW staff reflect back on their New York Comic Con experience. > read more

6 Key Points from the UK Study on Diversity in Publishing

10/14/2015 12:31:42 PM

A new study looks at diversity in the UK publishing industry. In this post we break down 6 important points from the study and how they relate to us. > read more

Rethinking Columbus Day

10/08/2015 12:47:17 PM

We offer some thoughts on reframing the Columbus Day holiday. > read more

Shadra Strickland and Sally Derby Discuss Their New Book, Diversity in Publishing, and More

10/07/2015 08:00:17 AM

In this blog post, we interview the author and illustrator of SUNDAY SHOPPING about their creative processes, the children's book publishing industry, and encouraging children to write more. > read more

Connecting Teens With the Authors They Love

10/05/2015 07:22:04 AM

When teen readers take over the Lee & Low conference room, we have the chance to talk and ponder all things KILLER OF ENEMIES. > read more

Reflections on Undoing Racism

10/01/2015 10:39:39 AM

Two LEE & LOW staff reflect on their experience at an "Undoing Racism" workshop. > read more

Creating a Market for Diverse Books: An Interview With First Book CEO Kyle Zimmer

09/30/2015 09:59:20 AM

In the newest installment of our How We Did It series, we interview Kyle Zimmer, CEO of First Book, about how her organization has created a new market for diverse books. > read more

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015: M.K. Hutchins & Valynne E. Maetani’s schedules

09/23/2015 10:02:43 AM

M.K. Hutchins and Valynne Maetani's schedules for Salt Lake Comic Con. > read more

Infographic: The Diversity Gap in the Emmys, 2015

09/21/2015 09:48:45 AM

Our new infographic looks at the Diversity Gap in the Emmy Awards after last night's momentous wins. > read more

Character Day: Taking a Look at the Traits Needed to Do What’s Right

09/17/2015 07:00:20 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares favorite books that will spark conversations centered on leadership, love, kindness, social responsibility, perseverance, fairness, and teamwork for Character Day, September 18. > read more



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