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Happy Earth Day from Lee & Low Books!

04/22/2014 13:46:54 PM

World-class explorer and author Jan Reynolds shares a few of her favorite photographs and what Earth Day means to her.

Three Ways to Teach Etched In Clay by Andrea Cheng

04/19/2014 08:00:04 AM

Literacy specialist, Jill Eisenberg, provides three ways to use Etched In Clay in the classroom. Etched in Clay is a powerful book for a unit on poetry, author's artistic and literary choices, American slavery, and more.

Ask an Editor: Villain POVs

04/18/2014 07:30:11 AM

Tu Books editor and publisher Stacy Whitman discusses writing and reading the villain POV in a story.

Where In The World: How One Class Used Google Maps to Explore the Vanishing Cultures Series

04/15/2014 06:00:03 AM

We explore how Jan Reynolds' Vanishing Cultures series can be used in the classroom. Check out how this 3rd and 4th grade class used Google Maps to study where the books take place.

10 Best Strategies for Reading to Kids in Spanish

04/12/2014 09:00:58 AM

Educator Jennifer Brunk from Spanish Playground shares ten great strategies for reading to kids in Spanish.

Poetry Friday: “A Poem!” from Etched In Clay

04/11/2014 12:09:32 PM

Author Andrea Cheng shares one of her favorite poems from ETCHED IN CLAY for National Poetry Month and Poetry Friday.

Andrea Cheng on Writing Biography in Verse

04/10/2014 11:51:39 AM

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Andrea Cheng shares why she chose to tell the story of Dave the Potter in verse.

Beyond “Did you know…”: Teaching Geo-Literacy Using the Vanishing Cultures Book Series

04/08/2014 07:30:12 AM

Jill Eisenberg, our Literacy Specialist, discusses the importance of geo-literacy education in today's classroom and shares ideas on how to use Jan Reynolds' Vanishing Cultures series to support geo-literacy learning.

Interview with a Librarian for Incarcerated Youth

04/04/2014 07:30:04 AM

An interview with librarian and advocate Amy Cheney, who works with incarcerated youth in Alameda, California.

A New Release That’s Music to Our Ears: SUMMONING THE PHOENIX

04/02/2014 15:12:45 PM

The Shen's Books imprint of Lee & Low Books is excited to announce the release of SUMMONING THE PHOENIX, a musical and informative journey through the history of traditional Chinese instruments.

Raising Global Citizens: Jan Reynolds Author Study

04/01/2014 15:49:25 PM

Jan Reynolds' books can be used to teach global citizenship, environmental stewardship, geoliteracy, and much more. Here we share more about her books and list resources available for parents and teachers.

Resources For Teaching About Wangari Maathai and Seeds Of Change

03/29/2014 09:00:09 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.

Why Shigeru Ban Winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize is So Great

03/28/2014 12:44:24 PM

Author and illustrator Christy Hale shares why she included Pritker Prize winner Shigeru Ban in her book Dreaming Up and how his architecture can inspire young people.

Is My Character “Black Enough”? Advice on Writing Cross-Culturally

03/26/2014 11:57:32 AM

Tu Books Publisher and Editorial Director Stacy Whitman shares advice on writing cross-culturally for an author who wonders, "Is my character black enough?"

Eight Ways to Help Students Remember that Books are Fabulous

03/22/2014 09:30:55 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, offers eight strategies to help children sustain excitement for reading, prevent testing anxiety, and derive joy from print.

Lee & Low Likes… Djuan Trent

03/21/2014 14:27:26 PM

Lee & Low likes...the first beauty pageant contestant to openly come out as queer, Djuan Trent.

Where can I find great diverse children’s books?

03/21/2014 07:30:25 AM

Looking for more diverse children's books but can't find any at the bookstore? Here are some good places to start.

Michelle Obama & Su Dongpo: A Character Analysis with Bloom’s Taxonomy

03/17/2014 07:00:28 AM

Jill Eisenberg, our Literacy Specialist, uses Bloom's Taxonomy to illustrate the range and progression of questions teachers can ask students for Common Core standard 3, character study.

10 Great Women of Color Whose Stories You Should Know

03/14/2014 12:14:29 PM

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

Where Do Boys Belong In Women’s History Month?

03/10/2014 11:51:57 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares her experiences and strategies on teaching about women's contributions during Women's History Month and all year round. "If we want to instill resiliency and develop children’s imaginations, we need to pr

Lee & Low Likes… The New ‘Annie’

03/07/2014 13:12:52 PM

Lee & Low likes the cast of the 2014 remake of 'Annie'.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards Wins for Diversity

03/05/2014 14:03:05 PM

How did the 2014 Academy Awards do diversity-wise? LEE & LOW BOOKS takes a look.

The Best Cheerleaders May Come In the Smallest Packages: How Siblings Affect Literacy Education

03/03/2014 06:00:26 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares her experiences and strategies on engaging families, specifically siblings, as partners in helping children to learn and love to read.

Lee & Low Likes… Cheryl Boone Isaacs

02/28/2014 14:41:12 PM

Lee & Low Likes... Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Black History Month Beyond the Basics: Remembering Cortez Peters

02/28/2014 09:25:36 AM

Author Pamela M. Tuck tells us who she would choose to be as well-known or remembered as Rosa Parks and why.

Using Infographics in the Classroom to Teach Visual Literacy

02/26/2014 06:00:52 AM

Literacy expert, Jill Eisenberg, offers discussion questions and activities about the Lee & Low Books' diversity gap infographic series to build visual literacy skills and enhance student learning on diversity.

Compare and Contrast Common Core Lesson Plan for Fifth Grade

02/24/2014 05:45:18 AM

Literacy expert, Jill Eisenberg, shares comparison ideas within one book for fifth grade. She has created sample questions to teach towards and check mastery of each of the three common core standards categories.

Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? 85 Years of the Academy Awards

02/20/2014 10:01:57 AM

The Academy Awards will soon unveil the very best in filmmaking today. As the prediction chatter ricochets around the web, our curiosity about the level of racial and gender representation spanning the entire 85-year history of the Academy Awards was

Cover Design 101: Drift

02/13/2014 11:32:32 AM

The cover reveal for Drift, our new YA high fantasy story coming in May!

Giveaway: Win a Book Signed by Rosa Parks!

02/12/2014 15:51:17 PM

In honor of Black History Month, LEE & LOW BOOKS is offering two chances to win a copy of Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth, personally signed by Rosa Parks.

Cover Design 101: Rebellion (Book 3 in the Tankborn trilogy)

02/11/2014 12:10:34 PM

In this Cover Design 101 post, Tu Books Publisher Stacy Whitman shares the process of creating the cover of Rebellion (Book 3 in the Tankborn trilogy)

How To Compare And Contrast With The Common Core In First Grade

02/10/2014 05:35:17 AM

Literacy expert, Jill Eisenberg, shares a comparison of two books of the similar central ideas and subjects for first grade. She has created sample questions to teach towards and check mastery of each of the three common core standards categories.

Illustrator Christiane Krömer Takes Us Behind the Art of King For A Day

02/07/2014 10:55:56 AM

Illustrator Christiane Krömer takes us behind-the-scenes of how she made the art for King For a Day.

Poetry Friday: Walking in Harriet Tubman’s Shoes

02/07/2014 05:55:55 AM

Pamela Tuck, author of As Fast As Words Could Fly, shares a poem she penned about Harriet Tubman

Snapshots from the 22nd Annual African American Children’s Book Fair

02/05/2014 16:21:22 PM

A few photos from this year's African American Children's Book Fair in Philadelphia

How to Compare and Contrast with the Common Core in Fourth Grade

02/03/2014 05:45:02 AM

Literacy expert, Jill Eisenberg, shares a comparison of two books on similar topics with different text structures for the fourth grade. She has created sample questions to teach towards and check mastery of each of the three common core standards ca

Publishing Advice: Pitching, Querying, and ‘We don’t know how to market this’

01/30/2014 16:26:53 PM

Tu Books Publisher Stacy Whitman and author Joseph Bruchac offer advice to writers on pitching, querying, and finding the right readers.

How to Compare and Contrast with the Common Core in Kindergarten

01/27/2014 05:30:56 AM

Literacy Specialist Jill Eisenberg explains how to compare and contrast two books of similar topic and genre to teach toward the Common Core for Kindergarten.

10 Great Resources for Writing Cross-Culturally

01/24/2014 12:08:30 PM

Ten great resources for authors writing outside their own cultures.

How to Compare and Contrast with the Common Core in Second Grade

01/20/2014 08:15:50 AM

Literacy expert, Jill Eisenberg, shares a comparison of two books by the same author and with the same character. She has created sample questions to teach towards and check mastery of each of the three common core standards categories.

Advice on Getting Published from a YA Editor and Author, Part I

01/16/2014 11:52:48 AM

Author Joseph Bruchac and Publisher Stacy Whitman share advice on writing and getting published.

Announcing our 2013 New Voices Award Winner

01/15/2014 09:45:50 AM

We're excited to announce our 2013 New Voices Award Winner!

How to Compare and Contrast with the Common Core

01/13/2014 09:43:23 AM

Literacy expert, Jill Eisenberg, shares a comparison of two books of the same genre and similar topic. She has created sample questions to teach towards and check mastery of each of the big three common core standards categories.

Out Today: King for a Day

01/09/2014 11:45:55 AM

King for a Day, out today from Lee & Low Books, takes us to Lahore, Pakistan for Basant, the springtime kite-flying festival.

Interview: Soaring Behind the Scenes with Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

01/08/2014 14:24:01 PM

Read an excerpt from an interview LEE & LOW BOOKS did with PARROTS OVER PUERTO RICO author/illustrator Susan L. Roth and author Cindy Trumbore.

Books for Holidays: MLK Day, Chinese New Year, and More

01/06/2014 11:04:51 AM

Our resident literacy expert, Jill, recommends books to use in the classroom to celebrate MLK Day, National Hobby Month, and Chinese New Year.

Five Favorite Books for Snow Days

01/02/2014 16:36:09 PM

With 5-8 inches of snow headed our way, we put together a list of our 5 favorite books to read on snow days.

Books That Fit Your Definition of “American Family”

12/16/2013 11:51:16 AM

Our literacy expert offers a list of LEE & LOW titles that feature traditional and nontraditional families for the holiday season.

Book List: 13 Funny Middle Grade Books with Diverse Characters

12/13/2013 11:40:53 AM

A list of diverse middle grade humor books that are written by an author of color and/or feature a main character of color.

Where’s the Diversity? The NY Times Top 10 Bestsellers List

12/10/2013 06:30:02 AM

As we near the end of the 2013, we enter the season when major newspapers and magazines release their “Best of [enter year] lists”. So naturally we were curious about the level of representation of authors of color in last year’s New York Times

School Author Visits on a Budget

12/09/2013 13:35:31 PM

Our literacy expert offers some ways to bring authors into your unit of study, no matter what your budget is.

Why is Black Barbie Less Important? Talking To Kids About Race

12/05/2013 05:30:47 AM

Guest poster Howey McAuley shares what happened when her 5-year-old biracial daughter lost a black Barbie doll and said, "She's just the black one."

A School Visit with G. Neri, author of Yummy

12/03/2013 05:30:23 AM

Our literacy expert writes about author G. Neri's work with Behind the Book and how they're inspiring young writers in schools across the country.

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