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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

Diversity News Roundup

10/24/2014 11:14:36 AM

Lee & Low rounds up diversity news. > read more

A Visit With the Open Book Foundation

10/23/2014 14:02:47 PM

Author Mark Greenwood and illustrator Frané Lessac visit a school in Washington, DC with An Open Book Children's Literacy Foundation. > read more

Recap: Horn Book’s Mind the Gaps Colloquium at Simmons College

10/22/2014 07:00:25 AM

The panel I participated in was called Publishing for the Gaps. The other panelists were Arthur Levine, publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books at Scholastic but more famously known for bringing Harry Potter to the United States, and Ginee Seo, children > read more

Paula Yoo on Muhammad Yunus, Banking Smarter, and Managing Finances

10/21/2014 13:44:27 PM

Author Paula Yoo shares advice on what's she's learned about banking, loans, and managing finances while researching for her book, TWENTY-TWO CENTS: MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK. > read more

Inspiring the Next Architects: Children’s Books About Design, Building, and Architecture

10/19/2014 07:50:26 AM

Our Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, recommends architecture-themed books and shares 7 ways teachers and parents can celebrate building, design, and architecture with young readers. > read more

Thirteen Scary YA Books: Diverse Edition

10/14/2014 13:24:20 PM

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

Teaching Cinderella Stories from Around the World

10/12/2014 07:59:00 AM

Lee & Low Books is proud to present the Cinderella Around the World series: a collection of five diverse Cinderella books. > read more

A Win for Diversity in the News

10/10/2014 11:25:07 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS covers our favorite diversity-related news stories. > read more

An Interview with Lin Oliver on SCBWI’S Emerging Voices Award

10/08/2014 14:34:19 PM

We interview Lin Oliver, Executive Director of the SCBWI, about the SCBWI's Emerging Voices Award for authors of color. > read more

How Common Core’s book choices fail children of color

10/05/2014 08:42:35 AM

In this essay, educators Jane M. Gangi and Nancy Benfer discuss the Common Core's book choices, why they fall short when it comes to children of color, and how to do better. > read more

Poetry Friday: Hair

10/03/2014 13:17:18 PM

For Poetry Friday, LEE & LOW BOOKS features a poem about giving back to the community from our new release, LEND A HAND. > read more

Your Legend of Korra recap post

10/02/2014 09:55:53 AM

A recap of Legend of Korra's Books 1-3. > read more

Gender Matters? Swedish Picture Books and Gender Ambiguity

09/30/2014 12:44:09 PM

Librarian and scholar Laura Reiko Simeon discusses how gender and gender-ambiguous characters are handled in Swedish picture books. > read more

Book Activities for the Family

09/28/2014 07:50:14 AM

Amanda Boyarshinov, one of the founders of the website The Educators' Spin On It, shares how to make a family theme love basket using LEE & LOW BOOKS. > read more

New Visions Award Reminder

09/25/2014 11:47:28 AM

The deadline to submit to Tu Book's New Visions Award ends October 31, 2014. > read more

Cover Reveal: Rose Eagle

09/24/2014 12:07:08 PM

The cover reveal for ROSE EAGLE, an e-novella prequel to Joseph Bruchac's KILLER OF ENEMIES, coming out in October! > read more

How We Feel About Amazon

09/23/2014 13:58:50 PM

Publisher Jason Low shares his thoughts on the Amazon vs. Hachette battle and what it portends for publishing's future. > read more

Lee & Low’s Favorite Banned Books

09/23/2014 11:54:27 AM

Lee & Low staff share their favorite banned books for Banned Book Week. > read more

Poetry Monday: Trees

09/22/2014 10:00:10 AM

For Poetry Friday, LEE & LOW BOOKS features a poem about planting trees from our new release, LEND A HAND. > read more

5 Strategies to Help Parents Navigate Lexile

09/21/2014 07:50:35 AM

Our Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares 5 ways parents can navigate the bookshelves to find the right book for their children and help support student success. > read more

Lee & Low at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, 9/21

09/19/2014 11:21:24 AM

For those in the New York City area this weekend, catch our authors on Saturday at Bank Street Bookstore and Sunday at the Brooklyn Book Festival. > read more

Your Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Recap

09/19/2014 07:30:55 AM

Stacy Whitman, Publisher of Tu Books, explains why she loves Sleepy Hollow and tells us what we need to know to jump into season 2 next week. Spoilers ahead, so beware! I never really considered myself a fan of the original Washington Irving “Sleep > read more

The Little Melba Playlist: A Jazz Music Primer from Frank Morrison

09/17/2014 11:08:33 AM

Frank Morrison, illustrator of LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE, shares some of his favorite jazz songs. > read more

8 Strategies For Educators To Explain Lexile and Invest Stakeholders

09/14/2014 07:50:31 AM

Our Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares 8 ways teachers and school staff can help parents navigate the bookshelves to find the right book for their children and help support student success. > read more

Poetry Friday: Puppy

09/12/2014 12:11:22 PM

For Poetry Friday, LEE & LOW BOOKS features a poem about giving back to the community from our new release, LEND A HAND. > read more

Paula Yoo on How to Publicize Your Children’s Book

09/11/2014 12:43:07 PM

Author Paula Yoo shares some advice on great ways to publicize your children's book. > read more

En la Clase: #weneeddiversebooks

09/11/2014 12:08:32 PM

Originally posted on Vamos a Leer:You all may remember #weneeddiversebooks from last May when we posted about this new initiative.  It’s still going strong and has even more resources to offer those interested in increasing access to diverse c > read more

Three New Picture Books from Lee & Low Books

09/09/2014 14:08:52 PM

Three new picture books out this week from Lee & Low Books. > read more

7 Strategies for Navigating Lexile for Booksellers and Librarians

09/07/2014 07:50:58 AM

Our Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, shares 10 ways booksellers and librarians can help parents navigate the bookshelves to find the right book for their children and help support student success. > read more

16 Diverse Shows We’re Looking Forward to Watching This Fall

09/04/2014 10:00:57 AM

A list of diverse television shows that are premiering or returning to TV for the 2014-2015 season. > read more

Is TV getting more diverse? Not by the look of this year’s Emmys

08/29/2014 07:15:06 AM

Since last year's diversity gap study, has TV diversified? Our literacy and sales assistant Veronica Schneider takes a look at this year's winners - and losers. > read more

Lexile: A Bookseller’s Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

08/28/2014 06:30:28 AM

Melissa shares some thoughts on the pros and cons of Lexile from her perspective as a bookseller. > read more

Character Education, Part 2: How to Teach Core Values To Kids Meaningfully

08/24/2014 07:50:55 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, offers seven ways teachers can teach core values at the start of school to create a strong classroom culture. > read more

Thoughts on Ferguson and Recommended Resources

08/21/2014 08:25:49 AM

A note from the publisher of LEE & LOW BOOKS on the events in Ferguson, Missouri and why they matter. > read more

Character Education, Part 1: How To Choose Books For Core Value Study

08/16/2014 07:50:33 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, offers four strategies to help teachers select purposeful and meaningful books for the start of school, creating a strong classroom culture, and teaching character education. > read more

Dealing With Rejection: Keeping Your Dream Going

08/14/2014 10:00:48 AM

Debut author Thelma Lynne Godin shares on how she kept the beauty of her dreams to write going in the face of constant rejection. > read more

Planting Seeds of Change Around the World

08/13/2014 14:14:43 PM

Author Jen Cullerton Johnson shares the amazing project one school embarked on using her book Seeds of Change, and how it has helped to bridge continents. > read more

11 Educator Resources for Teaching Children About Latin American Immigration and Migration

08/10/2014 07:50:03 AM

Our literacy specialist, Jill Eisenberg, recommends 11 educator resources to accompany picture books around Latin American immigration and give students the context and perspective they need to understand current events and the diversity in experienc > read more

Ask an Editor: Nailing the Story

08/08/2014 13:55:19 PM

Tu Books Publisher and Editorial Director Stacy Whitman shares some advice for aspiring authors, especially those looking to submit to our New Visions Award, on how to write a compelling story. > read more

11 Books on Latin American Immigration and Migration

08/02/2014 07:50:31 AM

Our literacy specialist, Jill Eisenberg, presents 11 picture books to discuss current events around Latin American immigration. > read more

Ask an Editor: Hooking the Reader Early

07/31/2014 12:03:36 PM

Tu Books Publisher and Editorial Director Stacy Whitman shares some advice for aspiring authors, especially those looking to submit to our New Visions Award, on how to hook readers and captivate them from the very beginning of your novel. > read more

Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blockbusters Overwhelmingly White, Male

07/29/2014 07:30:18 AM

Summer blockbuster season is in full swing. For many moviegoers, that means escaping to a galaxy far, far away—or perhaps just a different version of our own planet Earth—through science fiction and fantasy movies. As fans clamor for the latest c > read more

Talking to Kids about Current Events and Conflicts

07/27/2014 07:50:52 AM

Our literacy specialist, Jill Eisenberg, offers suggestions on how to use picture books to discuss current events and conflicts, along with book recommendations and tips for talking with children about complex topics. > read more

New Visions Award: What Not to Do

07/25/2014 08:30:43 AM

Tu Books Publisher Stacy Whitman shares some easy tips on what NOT to do when submitting a manuscript to our New Visions Award. > read more

How to Find Time to Write When You Have 11 Children

07/24/2014 13:53:35 PM

Pamela M. Tuck, picture book author and mother of 11 children, shares advice on how to find time in the day to write. > read more

Book and Activity Suggestions to Match Your Summer Adventure: Outdoor Summer Concerts!

07/20/2014 07:51:39 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, pairs Lee & Low titles with popular summer outings and easy-to-do activities. This week: outdoor summer concerts, visualizing music, and making instruments! > read more

Book and Activity Suggestions to Match Your Summer Adventure: National and State Parks!

07/13/2014 08:25:09 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, pairs Lee & Low titles with popular summer outings and easy-to-do activities. This week: national and state parks, sound scavenger hunts, and studying wild animals at home! > read more

Join Us Tomorrow in New York City for the Harlem Book Fair!

07/11/2014 10:00:00 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS will be at the Harlem Book Fair on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Stop by and say hello! > read more

Book and Activity Suggestions to Match Your Summer Adventure: Beaches!

07/06/2014 08:35:41 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, pairs Lee & Low titles with popular summer outings and easy-to-do activities. This week: beaches, beach balls, and collages! > read more

5 Tips to Engage Latino Families and Students

07/01/2014 07:20:30 AM

Today we are featuring one of First Book’s celebrity blog series. Peggy McLeod, Ed. D. the Deputy Vice President of Education and Workforce Development at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), writes on engaging Latino families and children in re > read more

Book and Activity Suggestions to Match Your Summer Adventure: Ballparks!

06/29/2014 08:00:43 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, pairs Lee & Low titles with popular summer outings and easy-to-do activities. This week: ballparks and baseball museums, writing as a ball player, and a baseball trading card craft! > read more

Ask an Editor: Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction, Part II

06/26/2014 14:58:47 PM

Tu Books publisher Stacy Whitman discusses worldbuilding in speculative fiction, why it can be so challenging to do well, and how writers should approach it. > read more

M.K. Hutchins Blog Tour: On Mythology, Maya Culture, & More!

06/25/2014 12:35:10 PM

Learn more about debut author M.K. Hutchins (DRIFT), mythology, and worldbuilding with this series of posts for her DRIFT blog tour. > read more

Submitting to our New Voices Award: Tips from an Editor

06/24/2014 12:05:40 PM

Our editor Samantha shares some advice for authors submitting to Lee & Low's New Voices Award. > read more

Book and Activity Suggestions to Match Your Summer Adventure: Zoos!

06/22/2014 07:30:57 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, pairs Lee & Low titles with popular summer outings and easy-to-do activities, including recipes. This week: zoos, Parrots Over Puerto Rico, and a parrot cracker recipe! > read more

Strategies For Teaching English Language Learners—Part 4: Writing, Speaking, & Listening Practice

06/21/2014 07:45:54 AM

Literacy Specialist Jill Eisenberg models how to teach vocabulary words with writing and speaking activities in part 4 of a series on supporting English Language Learners in the classroom using strategies recommended by the Institute of Education Sci > read more

Ask an Editor: Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction, Part I

06/19/2014 10:20:46 AM

Tu Books publisher Stacy Whitman discusses worldbuilding in speculative fiction, why it can be so challenging to do well, and how writers should approach it. > read more

Out today: Drift and Rebellion

06/18/2014 07:30:18 AM

Tu Books is excited to announce the recent release of two new YA books today: DRIFT, by M.K. Hutchins, and REBELLION, by Karen Sandler. > read more

Tearing Down Walls: The Integrated World of Swedish Picture Books

06/17/2014 11:42:37 AM

How diverse is children's literature in other countries? Librarian Laura Reiko Simeon shares her research on diversity in children's books in Sweden. > read more



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