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The Right Read Aloud for the Classroom Community You Want This Year

08/03/2015 07:00:38 AM

Our Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, explores the power of the right back-to-school read aloud to inspiring meaningful connections and creating a safe, welcoming, reading-first space. > read more

Spotlight On: REFORMA’S Children in Crisis Project

07/24/2015 07:33:32 AM

Learn about REFORMA's Children in Crisis Project, which puts books into the hands of detained children who have crossed the border. > read more

8 Books to Celebrate International Friendship Day

07/20/2015 07:00:05 AM

Literacy Specialist, Veronica Schneider, shares 8 books and various activities to celebrate International Friendship Day. > read more

New Spring and Fall Releases from LEE & LOW BOOKS and Tu Books!

07/16/2015 10:59:48 AM

A round up of the spring and fall 2015 releases from LEE & LOW BOOKS and Tu Books > read more

Two Authors Share Their Favorite Tools to Plot a Story

07/15/2015 10:00:32 AM

Past winners of LEE & LOW BOOK's New Voices Award share their favorite tools to plot a story. > read more

New York City Teachers: How Do You Discover Diverse Literature For Your Students?

07/13/2015 07:00:47 AM

For those in New York City education, here is an opportunity to share your experiences teaching and searching for culturally relevant and responsive curriculum and books! > read more

Diversity Baseline Survey Update: Which Review Journals + Publishers are On Board?

07/09/2015 13:34:39 PM

An update on our Diversity Baseline Survey, a project that seeks to evaluate diversity among publishing staff and reviewers. > read more

ALA 2015 Recap: Wins in Diversity

07/08/2015 12:00:44 PM

A recap of Lee & Low at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. > read more

Lee & Low Books named Indie Publisher of the Year 2014

07/02/2015 12:16:35 PM

We are thrilled to announce that LEE & LOW BOOKS was named Indie Publisher of the Year 2014 by Foreword Reviews. > read more

10 Myths about Teaching STEM Books and How You Can Teach STEM in Your Classroom Now

06/29/2015 07:00:31 AM

Join Lee & Low Books and Anastasia Suen, Founder of the STEM Friday blog and award-winning children’s book author, for a discussion on how to teach STEM in your classroom starting this fall. We are participating in Share My Lesson's Summer of Learn > read more

Pride Month: Fifteen LGBTQ-Themed Books for Readers of Every Age

06/25/2015 12:37:42 PM

Fifteen LGBTQ books to celebrate Pride Month! > read more

Come meet LEE & LOW BOOKS at ALA 2015!

06/23/2015 11:51:15 AM

Check out LEE & LOW BOOK's schedule for the American Library Association conference in San Francisco. > read more

The Perfect Picture Book for the Last Day of School

06/22/2015 07:00:36 AM

We've gathered some of our favorite Lee & Low titles to conclude and celebrate a year’s worth of reading with your students. Let us know what you recommend (any book!) and your final reading tradition! > read more

INK AND ASHES Blog Tour Round Up

06/19/2015 10:34:41 AM

A round up of the INK AND ASHES blog tour. > read more

Authors of Color: Submit Your Manuscript to the New Visions Award!

06/18/2015 10:42:03 AM

The third annual New Visions Award for unpublished writers of color is now open. > read more

What does Juneteenth Celebrate?

06/17/2015 10:29:17 AM

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates when slaves in Texas first learned that they were free. > read more

Using Picture Books to Teach and Discuss Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera with Students

06/15/2015 07:00:40 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, models an author study unit for teachers to introduce and explore the life and children's works of the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. > read more

Marketing 101: How to Prepare for Your First Conference

06/12/2015 12:26:27 PM

This post is part of an ongoing series at The Open Book answering questions about book marketing and publicity. With the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) conference just around the corner, many first-time authors are probably starting to get > read more

How to Turn a Quiet Author Event into a Big Success

06/10/2015 09:58:49 AM

In a guest post, librarian librarian Jane Levitan of Guest Bloggerthe Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries and author/illustrator Lulu Delacre give their takes on a quiet event that turned into a great success. > read more

2015 Diverse Summer Reading Book Lists K-8

06/08/2015 07:00:45 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS releases Diverse Summer Reading Book List suggestions for Grades K-8. > read more

Interview: Nikki Grimes on Writing Poetry

06/04/2015 09:19:19 AM

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

Student Book Review: Seeds of Change

06/02/2015 07:00:19 AM

In this guest post, Ruben Brosbe’s third-grade students from P.S. 368, The Hamilton Heights School in New York, NY review Seeds of Change. > read more

Out today: Ink and Ashes

06/01/2015 12:16:32 PM

Happy book birthday to INK AND ASHES, Tu Books' new mystery novel. > read more

Case Cracked: The Process of Editing Mystery Novels

05/29/2015 07:30:45 AM

TU BOOKS publisher Stacy Whitman talks about editing mystery novels. > read more

Five Authors Share Their Favorite Writing Prompts

05/27/2015 11:50:00 AM

Past New Voices Award winners share their favorite writing prompts. > read more

Why We’re Asking Publishers to Join Our Diversity Baseline Survey

05/21/2015 06:00:43 AM

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that over the past few years we’ve released a series of infographics about the diversity gap in different industries including publishing, film, television, theater, and politics. Our infographic > read more

How to Read With Your Rising First Graders and Kinders This Summer

05/18/2015 07:00:04 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, models how parents can read with beginning and soon-to-be readers starting kindergarten and first grade in the fall. > read more

Submit Your Picture Book Manuscript to the New Voices Award!

05/15/2015 10:51:09 AM

Submissions for the 2015 New Voices Award are now open. > read more

Pinterest Roundup: 100’s of End-of-the-Year DIY Ideas for Teachers & Students

05/11/2015 07:00:01 AM

100's of Pinterest DIY ideas for end-of-the-year gifts for teachers and students. > read more

Tu Books Announces Winner of New Visions Award Contest for Writers of Color

05/07/2015 11:45:47 AM

Tu Books announces winner of 2014 New Visions Award, The Amaterasu Project by Axie Oh. > read more

Illustrator Shadra Strickland Takes Us Behind the Art of Sunday Shopping

05/05/2015 10:30:22 AM

Illustrator Shadra Strickland takes us behind the scenes for the art from Sunday Shopping. > read more

Help Your Students & Families Find the Best Summer Learning Opportunities

05/04/2015 07:00:21 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, discusses summer slide and the role educators can play in helping families find the right academic programs to continue the learning achievements from the school year. > read more

President Obama Announces ConnectED Library Challenge and #BooksforAll Project

04/30/2015 09:43:17 AM

President Obama announces two new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries: new eBooks commitments and the ConnectED Library Challenge. > read more

What is Día de los niños/Día de los Libros? 5 Questions for Pat Mora

04/29/2015 09:09:49 AM

We ask author Pat Mora 5 questions about Día de los niños/Día de los libros. > read more

Celebrate and Teach About Baseball with Toni Stone

04/27/2015 07:00:18 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares several teaching ideas and resources to kick off the new baseball season and celebrate the tenth of anniversary of Catching the Moon with young readers. > read more

Poetry Friday: Dreaming Up

04/24/2015 10:11:00 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 Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building, written and illustrated by Christy Hale. > read more

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday with Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

04/23/2015 10:01:47 AM

Celebrate William Shakespeare's birthday by learning about Ira Aldridge, a celebrated Shakespearean actor from the 19th century. > read more

Reading for the Earth: Ultimate Earth Day Resource Roundup

04/20/2015 07:00:22 AM

5 Earth Day reading collections from Lee & Low, and hands-on Earth Day lessons, activities, games, and other resources to bring the outdoors into your classroom. > read more

Poetry Friday: Song in My Heart

04/17/2015 10:18:45 AM

April is National Poetry Month, so we're celebrating by sharing a poem every week for Poetry Friday. This week's poem is Song in My Heart from I AND I. > read more

Meet Our New Visions Award Finalists: Part III

04/16/2015 10:05:44 AM

We introduce our final two New Visions Award finalists, Yamile Saied Méndez and Axie Oh. > read more

Interpreting César Chávez’s Legacy with Students

04/13/2015 07:03:13 AM

In this guest post, Sara Burnett at the American Immigration Council offers strategies and resources to enrich your classroom with the legacy of César Chávez. > read more

Poetry Friday: Family Garden

04/10/2015 10:39:46 AM

April is National Poetry Month, so we're celebrating by sharing a poem every week for Poetry Friday. This week's poem is Family Garden from POEMS TO DREAM TOGETHER. > read more

Meet Our New Visions Award Finalists: Part II

04/09/2015 15:48:29 PM

Last month we announced the six finalists for our 2015 New Visions Award. The Award recognizes a middle grade or young adult novel in the sci-fi, fantasy, or mystery genres by an unpublished author of color (our first New Visions Award winner, In > read more

Book Marketing 101: What to Put On Your Author Website

04/08/2015 13:55:01 PM

In our latest Book Marketing 101 post, our marketing director shares tips for what to include in your author or illustrator website. > read more

2015 Texas Library Association Conference Signing Schedule

04/07/2015 14:02:13 PM

LEE & LOW'S 2015 TLA signing schedule. > read more

7 End-of-Year Field Trips and Book Pairings That Your Students Will Love (but won’t break the bank)

04/06/2015 07:02:34 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, suggests 7 field trip ideas and book pairings along with ways to pay for them. > read more

Poetry Friday: Hamburger Heaven

04/03/2015 09:35:34 AM

Poetry Friday: "Hamburger Heaven" by Lee Bennett Hopkins from AMAZING FACES. > read more

Meet Our New Visions Awards Finalists: Part I

04/02/2015 09:57:05 AM

We introduce our first two New Visions Award finalists, Grace Rowe and Andrea Wang. > read more

4 Mentor Texts and Activities for National Poetry Month

03/30/2015 07:00:46 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, recommends 4 poetry texts and shares activity ideas teachers can use to celebrate and teach about National Poetry Month. > read more

Why Do We Need Diverse Books in Non-Diverse Schools?

03/25/2015 07:00:06 AM

In this guest post, Taun M. Wright, CEO of Equal Read, lays out some of the arguments for using diverse books in all schools, regardless of student demographics. DeAvian was a disengaged student, more interested in socializing than academics. Her sch > read more

Where to Find Culturally Diverse Literature to Pair with Your Required Curriculum

03/23/2015 07:02:32 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares resources on diverse literature for teachers to use alongside their mandated curriculum. > read more

The Importance of Great Teachers: Gordon Sato at Manzanar

03/20/2015 07:00:38 AM

A note from an old teacher shows another side of Dr. Gordon Sato, subject of our book The Mangrove Tree. > read more

Women’s History Month: A Book List

03/19/2015 10:45:58 AM

A list of books for Women's History Month. > read more

Why I Love to Read Sad and Dark Books to Children (and You Should Too)

03/16/2015 07:00:36 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, discusses the value of reading and teaching with dark and sad books with students. > read more

The Diversity Gap in Silicon Valley

03/12/2015 06:00:40 AM

Silicon Valley has been the darling of the US economy for decades. Creativity, leadership, risk taking, and hard work are all attributes of American innovation at its finest. Though lauded as a true meritocracy by the business world, the truth is tha > read more

10 Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom

03/09/2015 07:30:27 AM

Lee & Low Literacy Specialist, Veronica Schneider, discusses 10 ways to integrate Instagram into the classroom experience. > read more

The Diversity Gap in Children’s Publishing, 2015

03/05/2015 12:10:07 PM

Lee & Low Books analyses the newest statistics about the Diversity Gap in Children's Book Publishing. > read more

Selection Is Privilege

03/04/2015 08:59:15 AM

In a guest post, librarian Amy Koetser discusses how book selection is a privilege. > read more

Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month with Drum-Inspired Books

03/02/2015 07:00:01 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, recommends 9 picture books featuring drums and shares activity ideas teachers and parents can use to celebrate and teach about global music and Music in Our Schools Month with young readers. > read more

Book Marketing 101: Five Things to Do Before Your Book is Released

02/26/2015 11:46:12 AM

Director of Marketing Hannah Ehrlich suggests five things authors can do while waiting for the release of their books. > read more

Why Literacy Teachers Should Care About Math

02/24/2015 07:00:11 AM

I’ll be the first to admit it: I didn’t pay much attention to math. I specialized in literacy and focused on reading, speaking, listening, writing, social studies, and science instruction. Math? My third graders went down the hall each day to the > read more

Update: The Diversity Gap in the Academy Awards, 2015 and our Oscars recap

02/23/2015 06:45:30 AM

Are the Academy Awards getting more diverse? We update our 2012 infographic and study on the diversity gap in the Academy Awards. > read more

Awards and Grants for Authors of Color

02/19/2015 11:38:39 AM

A list of awards and grants for writers of color. > read more

Monica Brown on Dehumanizing Language and the Immigration Debate

02/18/2015 12:04:46 PM

Monica Brown talks about the word "deportables" and the power of dehumanizing language in the immigration debate. > read more

Celebrate Black History Month with Two Book Collections from LEE & LOW BOOKS!

02/13/2015 11:41:35 AM

Start your Black History Month book collection off with two book collections from LEE & LOW BOOKS. > read more

Writing for a Diverse Audience: SCBWI NY 2015 breakout recap

02/12/2015 10:08:30 AM

Tu Books Publisher Stacy Whitman recaps the SCBWI Annual Winter Conference breakout sessions. > read more

“Lending a hand” for Random Acts of Kindness Week

02/11/2015 06:30:39 AM

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, LEE & LOW BOOKS shares some ways to give back with the new picture book, LEND A HAND. > read more

7 Core Values to Celebrate During Black History Month

02/09/2015 07:30:55 AM

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

ALA Midwinter Day of Diversity Recap and Reflections

02/06/2015 06:30:51 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS publisher Jason Low recaps the first ALA Day of Diversity and offers some reflections on what went well and what could be improved for future events. > read more

Announcing the 2015 New Visions Award finalists!

02/05/2015 10:19:22 AM

Announcing the 6 finalists in our second annual New Visions Award writing contest! > read more

ALA Youth Media Awards Wins for Lee & Low Books!

02/03/2015 10:54:01 AM

Congratulations to Little Melba and Her Big Trombone for winning the Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration and to Pat Mora for being chosen as the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecturer! > read more

What I Learned from a Nonverbal Autistic Classroom-Part 2

02/02/2015 07:30:26 AM

In Part 2, our literacy specialist, Veronica, shares a list of helpful resources for people on the autism spectrum, their family members, and educators. > read more

Why Create a Gender Neutral Picture Book?

01/29/2015 09:57:08 AM

Maya Christina Gonzalez shares why she decided to make her new picture book, Call Me Tree, completely gender-neutral. > read more

Fifteen Diverse Authors You Should Resolve to Read in 2015

01/28/2015 11:03:53 AM

A list of 15 diverse authors to read in 2015. > read more

What I Learned From a Nonverbal Autistic Classroom—Part 1

01/26/2015 07:30:47 AM

Our Literacy Specialist, Veronica Schneider, recalls her experience teaching in a nonverbal autistic classroom, and reflects upon what she has learned from her special education experience. > read more

Announcing our 2014 New Voices Award Winner

01/22/2015 04:00:57 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS Announces the Winner of Our 2014 New Voices Award Contest. > read more

Diversity in Children’s Literature and the Legacy of Pura Belpré

01/20/2015 02:30:57 AM

Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia, research associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, graduated from the University of Florida with a PhD in English, specializing in American literature/studies, nationalism, and children’s and y > read more

Why You Should See Selma

01/19/2015 01:00:41 AM

In celebration of MLK Day today, we wanted to share two perspectives from Lee & Low staff members on why you should see Selma, the new movie based on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Much has been said about the lack of Academy Award nominations > read more

7 tips to help make reading with your child this year achievable

01/15/2015 02:00:05 AM

Every time we visit the dentist, the hygienist asks how often we floss. We all know the correct and only answer is “everyday.” We squirm under the light as we try to come up with an answer that gets us as close to saying “everyday.”  We leav > read more

Interview: Katheryn Russell-Brown on the research behind Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

01/06/2015 11:15:00 AM

Author Katheryn Russell-Brown talks about the research that went into Little Melba and her Big Trombone. > read more

Rukhsana Khan on Cross-Cultural Writing and Achieving True Diversity

12/18/2014 13:48:00 PM

Rukhsana Khan shares her comments from the NCTE opening session on cross-cultural writing and what it takes to achieve true diversity. > read more

Protesting Injustice Then and Now

12/16/2014 07:00:42 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, offers some thoughts and resources for how to teach and talk about protest, race, and current events. > read more

Choosing the World Our Students Read

12/08/2014 07:00:11 AM

In a guest post, Emily Chiariello discusses Teaching Tolerance’s new curriculum tool, “Project Appendix D,” that empowers educators to identify texts that both meet the demands of the Common Core Standards and reflect the world in which our stu > read more

Cover Reveal: Ink and Ashes

12/04/2014 10:19:29 AM

Cover reveal for INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani, Tu Books' first New Visions Award winner. > read more

Infographic: 10 Ways to Lend a Hand on #GivingTuesday

12/02/2014 06:45:49 AM

In honor of #GivingTuesday, here are 10 great ways to lend a hand! > read more

The Problem with Ethnic Heritage Months

11/25/2014 06:30:50 AM

While we can generate a recommended reading list just as well as the next publisher, the problem we find with Native American Heritage Month is that it puts Native American books—and people—in a box. The observance month can easily lead to the ba > read more

5 Ways to Differentiate Assignments & Tasks: Part 2

11/23/2014 08:00:00 AM

Part 2 of 2 posts about differentiation and how it is used in the classroom to tier assignments. > read more

What Daniel Handler’s National Book Award Comments Say About Publishing

11/20/2014 14:15:38 PM

Why Daniel Handler's comments at the National Book Award ceremony say a lot about the publishing community. > read more

Books to Celebrate and Teach about Adoption

11/20/2014 06:00:09 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, recommends 4 picture books about adoption or with characters who have been adopted and shares additional resources teachers and parents can use to celebrate and teach about adoption with young readers. > read more

Out Today: Rose Eagle

11/18/2014 10:12:43 AM

Tu Books is excited to announce the release of its first e-novella: ROSE EAGLE, prequel to the award-winning KILLER OF ENEMIES. > read more

5 Harmful Differentiation Myths: Part 1

11/16/2014 07:00:00 AM

In this part 1 of 2 posts, our Literacy Specialist, Veronica Schneider, discusses 5 myths about differentiation and how it is used in the classroom. > read more

Big News in Diversity: Big Hero 6 Tops Box Office

11/13/2014 14:26:52 PM

We celebrate a big win for diversity this week as Big Hero 6 beats out Interstellar at the box office, proving that diversity sells. > read more

Native American Heritage Month: 10 Children’s Books By Native Writers

11/11/2014 14:08:25 PM

A list of 10 recommended books by Native American writers for Native American Heritage Month. > read more

First Look, Second Look, Third Look: Close “Reading” with Book Art

11/09/2014 13:30:10 PM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, models how to teach and practice close reading with art from This Land is My Land by Native American artist George Littlechild. > read more

Illustrator Frank Morrison takes us behind the art of Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

11/07/2014 08:00:39 AM

Illustrator Frank Morrison takes us behind the scenes for the art from LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE > read more

Dream Casting for Our Favorite YA Novels

11/06/2014 06:45:43 AM

We share our dream casting for three of our favorite (diverse) YA books: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Eleanor and Park, and Killer of Enemies. > read more

Reading Paired Texts to Increase Student Engagement

11/02/2014 06:50:47 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, models a paired text multi-day lesson using a nonfiction picture book and news article for grades 3–7. > read more

Sweet News in Diversity

10/31/2014 13:55:18 PM

LEE & LOW BOOKS rounds up some great news in diversity. > read more

Mix it up! 15 Books about Kindness and Giving

10/28/2014 06:45:15 AM

A list of picture books about kindness and giving, to celebrate Mix-It-Up-At-Lunch Day and for all year round. > read more

How to Teach Close Reading Using a Recipe

10/26/2014 07:50:26 AM

Our Senior Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, models how to teach and practice close reading with the nonfiction text: recipes. > read more



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