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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

20 YA Novels for Thinking Adults: A Diverse List

06/13/2014 11:37:09 AM

We believe no one should be ashamed of their reading choices, and that there are lots of great YA novels that adults can enjoy. Here's a list of 20 YA novels that made us think, perfect for recommending to your friends who may be new to YA. > read more

Submit Your Novel to Our New Visions Award for New Authors of Color

06/11/2014 11:06:20 AM

Submissions are now OPEN for Tu Book's New Visions Award, a writing contest for middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novels by a writer of color. > read more

How Diverse Were This Year’s Tony Awards?

06/09/2014 13:11:10 PM

How diverse were this year's Tony Awards? We take a look at the winners, including a groundbreaking win for one talented actress. > read more

Announcing Our Newest Reprints from Children’s Book Press

06/06/2014 07:30:45 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS is pleased to announce sixteen reprint releases from CHILDREN'S BOOK PRESS. > read more

Join Us for a Diversity Discussion at ALA in Las Vegas

06/03/2014 13:27:48 PM

If you'll be at the ALA Annual Conference this month in Las Vegas, join LEE & LOW BOOKS for a special book buzz discussion: Moving the Needle: Diversity in children’s books and how to make a difference. > read more

Illustrator April Chu Takes Behind the Art of Summoning the Phoenix

05/30/2014 16:39:55 PM

Illustrator April Chu shares how she created the illustrations for Summoning the Phoenix. > read more

THE WORLD AGREES #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

05/30/2014 12:34:08 PM

It’s almost here! Tomorrow is BookCon and that means that the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign’s panel is happening. When: Tomorrow, May 31st, 2014 from 10AM-11AM Where: Jacob Javits Center, Room 1EO2 Speakers: Aisha Saeed, Ellen Oh, Grace Lin, I.W. > read more

Checklist: 8 Steps to Creating a Diverse Book Collection

05/22/2014 11:54:16 AM

Lee & Low Books offers a checklist for creating an inclusive book collection. > read more

Submit Your Manuscript to our New Voices Award Writing Contest

05/20/2014 13:05:47 PM

Submissions for Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, a writing contest for a picture book manuscript by an unpublished author of color, is now open. > read more

Strategies For Teaching English Language Learners—Part 3: Teaching Vocabulary In Layers

05/17/2014 09:00:43 AM

Literacy Specialist Jill Eisenberg models how to teach vocabulary words over several days in part 3 of a series on supporting English Language Learners in the classroom using strategies recommended by the Institute of Education Sciences and What Work > read more

Book List: Picture Books about Muslim or Middle Eastern Characters

05/15/2014 14:03:18 PM

LEE & LOW BOOKS has compiled a roundup of seventeen children's books with Middle Eastern characters. > read more

Reaching All Readers: New Multicultural Books for Children & Teens

05/13/2014 09:29:49 AM

Join LEE & LOW BOOKS, Booklist, and several other diverse publishers for a webinar today at 2:00 pm EST. > read more

Happy Mother’s Day: Honoring the Mothers and Grandmothers in Our Lives

05/11/2014 07:00:36 AM

A brief history and round-up of LEE & LOW titles for Mother's Day. > read more

Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners – Part 2: Choosing a Text and Vocabulary Words

05/10/2014 07:00:25 AM

Literacy Specialist Jill Eisenberg models how to select a text and vocabulary words in part 2 of a series on supporting English Language Learners in the classroom using strategies recommended by the Institute of Education Sciences and What Works Clea > read more

Ask an Editor: Worldbuilding After the Apocalypse

05/08/2014 12:41:32 PM

Tu Books editor and publisher Stacy Whitman shares some tips for good worldbuilding in post-apocalyptic stories. > read more

Where are the people of color in dystopias?

05/07/2014 11:33:59 AM

Librarian Sarah Hannah Gómez analyzes depictions of diversity in today's biggest dystopian books, TV shows, and movies. > read more

What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?

05/05/2014 13:26:25 PM

What is Cinco de Mayo? > read more

Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners In Elementary and Middle School

05/03/2014 07:07:25 AM

Literacy Specialist, Jill Eisenberg, introduces a series on supporting English Language Learners in the classroom and using strategies recommended by the Institute of Education Sciences and What Works Clearinghouse in the new practice guide, Teaching > read more

Upcoming Releases from SHEN’S BOOKS

05/02/2014 15:04:33 PM

LEE & LOW BOOKS is pleased to announce seven reprint releases from SHEN'S BOOKS. > read more

Interview with Jan Reynolds, Who Circumnavigated Mount Everest

04/29/2014 11:50:43 AM

An interview with adventurer and author Jan Reynolds. > read more

We Need Diverse Books Because…

04/28/2014 15:15:29 PM

Join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign to share why diversity in books matters to you. > read more

Poetry Friday: “Broadway Moon” from A Full Moon is Rising

04/25/2014 10:07:08 AM

Author Marilyn Singer shares one of her favorite poems from A FULL MOON IS RISING for National Poetry Month and Poetry Friday. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read 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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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?" > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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 > read more

Lee & Low Likes… The New ‘Annie’

03/07/2014 13:12:52 PM

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

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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 > read more

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! > read more

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. > read more

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) > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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 > read more

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 > read more

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 > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

10 Great Resources for Writing Cross-Culturally

01/24/2014 12:08:30 PM

Ten great resources for authors writing outside their own cultures. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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! > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more

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. > read more



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