Our 10 Favorite Multicultural Books for Fourth Grade

09/19/2017 10:39:31 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS shares some of our favorite multicultural books for fourth grade.

Interview: Axie Oh, author of Rebel Seoul (Out Today!)

09/14/2017 10:20:52 AM

To celebrate the release of REBEL SEOUL, we asked author Axie Oh about her writing process, her inspiration behind REBEL SEOUL, and her advice to aspiring authors.

Book List: 10 Books About Flooding, Refugees, and Displacement

09/13/2017 10:46:57 AM

In this book list, we round up 10 of our books about flooding, refugees, and displacement.

Upcoming Events: SLJ Day of Dialog and the Brooklyn Book Festival

09/12/2017 13:20:25 PM

LEE & LOW BOOKS will be at the SLJ Day of Dialog and the Brooklyn Book Festival! Check out our schedule and stop by to say hi!

Where Are They Now?: New Voices Award Authors and Artists Discuss Their Experience and Creative Process

09/07/2017 09:39:21 AM

In this interview, author Paula Yoo (Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds), illustrator Shadra Strickland (Bird and Sunday Shopping) and author/illustrator Don Tate (It Jes' Happened) share how participating in the New Voices Award helped shape ...

Culturally Responsive Teaching in First Grade: Intentional Selection of Texts for Reading Instruction

09/06/2017 07:30:07 AM

In this ongoing series, we explore what culturally responsive teaching looks like at different grade levels and offer concrete examples and resources. Last month we explored ideas for read alouds that build relationships in Kindergarten. This ...

Interview: Translating Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad

08/31/2017 09:56:28 AM

For this post, we asked author Emma Otheguy, editor Jessica Echeverria, and translator Adriana Dominguez to take us through the translation process for Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad

Back-to-School Book Lists for Grades PreK-8

08/29/2017 07:41:09 AM

September is around the corner, so help kick off the year with the Back-to-School Reading List for Grades PreK-8 and suggestions from Lee & Low Books.

Webinar Recording: A Conversation With Lee & Low’s Editors

08/28/2017 08:40:11 AM

A few weeks ago we hosted our first webinar, "Shaping Up Your Manuscript: A Conversation With Our Editors," sharing writing advice for those who are interested in submitting to our New Voices Award, our New Visions Award, or just our general ...

New Visions Award FAQs

08/24/2017 09:52:05 AM

In this blog post, we answer some Frequently Asked questions related to our New Visions Award Writing Contest.

Our 10 Favorite Multicultural Books for Third Grade

08/22/2017 10:04:18 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS shares some of our favorite multicultural books for third grade.

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Kindergarten: Read Alouds to Build Relationships

08/16/2017 07:30:37 AM

In the first post in our new series on Culturally Responsive Teaching, educator Lindsay Barrett shares ideas for read alouds that build relationships in Kindergarten.

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Realistic Dialogue

08/15/2017 10:40:10 AM

Two previous New Voices Award-winning authors, Pamela M. Tuck (As Fast As Words Can Fly) and Glenda Armand (Love Twelve Miles Long) share their tips and tricks on writing successful, realistic dialogue.

The Book So Good He Stole It: Our Intern on “Family Pictures”

08/10/2017 08:15:27 AM

Our summer intern talks about his first encounter with our Children's Book Press title, Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia, and the impact it had on him.

Free Webinar for Writers: A Conversation With Our Editors

08/08/2017 10:52:54 AM

Register for our first-ever webinar for expert writing advice from our editors.

Dual Language Book Sets for the Classroom

08/03/2017 12:36:56 PM

Many people know Lee & Low Books for our wide selection of diverse and multicultural children's books. But did you also know we're a great source for Spanish books and dual language collections? We offer hundreds of titles in Spanish at all ...

Faith in the American Dream with D. H. Figueredo

08/01/2017 10:09:10 AM

In this guest post, author D. H. Figueredo discusses the message behind his book, When This World Was New, and his hope in the American Dream.

Illustrator Keith Mallett Takes Us Behind the Art of Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

07/27/2017 08:40:48 AM

Illustrator Keith Mallett takes readers behind his art process for our picture book, Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Building a Biography: An Interview with New Voices Award Winner Andrea Loney and Senior Editor Jessica Echeverria

07/24/2017 10:34:39 AM

We interview New Voices Award winning author Andrea Loney and her editor Jessica Echeverria on what it took to write a biography about James VanDerZee.

Our 10 Favorite Multicultural Books for Second Grade

07/20/2017 10:04:57 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS shares some of our favorite multicultural books for second grade.

Activism in Children’s Books: 5 Revolutionary Biographies

07/19/2017 12:12:42 PM

We've pulled together a list of five of our favorite picture book biographies about revolutionary figures who started movements. Use these award-winning books to teach about social activism, core values like perseverance and grit, and the importance ...

Behind the Cover of REBEL SEOUL

07/13/2017 12:55:28 PM

Tu Books editor and publisher Stacy Whitman takes us through the process of bringing the cover of Rebel Seoul to life.

Authors of Color: Submit Your Manuscript to Our Writing Contests

07/11/2017 07:30:01 AM

Spread the word: our New Voices and New Visions Awards are open for submissions!

Three Books to Read With Kids at the Beach

07/06/2017 10:17:43 AM

To celebrate the start of summer, we are pairing Lee & Low titles to your favorite summer destinations with fun activities!

How to Make Your New Voices Submission Stand Out

06/27/2017 10:35:44 AM

Summer is here, which means that our annual NEW VOICES AWARD is now open for submissions! In this blog post we share some tips on how to make your submission stand out.

2017 Diverse Summer Reading List Grades PreK-8

06/20/2017 08:00:40 AM

June is finally here, summer is (almost) here, and that means that the 2017 Diverse Summer Reading List PreK-8 from LEE & LOW is here! Click here to download, print, and share the 2017 Diverse Summer Reading List Grades PreK-8 along with the ...

Come Meet LEE & LOW BOOKS at ALA 2017!

06/19/2017 11:36:44 AM

It’s that time of year again! The annual ALA conference is just around the corner and we would love to meet you! We’ll be at Booth #3115 where we’ll give away ARCs, bookmarks, posters, postcards, and other free swag!

Celebrating Pride Month with Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman!

06/15/2017 09:56:37 AM

Today we are excited to celebrate the release Sparkle Boyof Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman! Author Lesléa Newman (Heather Has Two Mommies) shares why she felt passionate about writing this book, and what she hopes it can teach us.

Diversity in Publishing: A Closer Look at LEE & LOW’s Staff

06/14/2017 11:28:58 AM

In our earlier blog post, Diversity in Publishing: How Diverse is LEE & LOW’s Authors, Illustrators, and Staff, we shared a mini breakdown of our authors and illustrators as well as our staff. After receiving a few more questions, we decided ...

Our 10 Favorite Multicultural Books for First Grade

06/13/2017 09:31:00 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS shares some of our favorite multicultural books for first graders.

Diversity in Publishing: How Diverse is LEE & LOW’s Staff, Authors, and Illustrators?

06/09/2017 08:15:12 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS shares the demographic breakdown of our authors and illustrators as well as our staff.

15 Ideas When Your Child Hates Reading

06/06/2017 07:00:06 AM

Here are 15 ideas to start or renew storytime with children that help to foster a love of reading.

Out Today: Arrow of Lightning (Killer of Enemies Book #3) by Joseph Bruchac

06/01/2017 09:28:20 AM

Arrow of Lightning, the final book in the Killer of Enemies trilogy is out, so we interviewed author Joseph Bruchac to see what his writing process was like and what he has up next.

The Education of Beautiful Jim Key with Donna Janell Bowman

05/31/2017 09:38:39 AM

In this guest post, originally posted on author Donna Janell Bowman’s blog and reposted here with permission, Donna Janell Bowman shares her beliefs about the extraordinary skills of Jim Key, a horse who learned how to read, write, and do ...

From the Moon to the Spoon: 5 Children’s Books to Celebrate Ramadan

05/26/2017 07:30:00 AM

In this guest post, former intern Mitul Daiyan shares her favorite Ramadan reads.

What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

05/25/2017 10:00:16 AM

What does culturally responsive teaching look like?

Teaching the Diverse Narratives of US History

05/23/2017 08:52:40 AM

In this guest post, educator and writer Tami Charles presents text-dependent questions and inquiry-based activities for students to practice close reading and critical thinking with the book Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh.

Classroom Library Assessment: How Culturally Responsive is Your Library?

05/22/2017 08:00:16 AM

Teachers, let’s talk about a popular topic across education blogs and Pinterest: the classroom library. A quick search on the Internet results in numerous tips, tricks, and ideas for different ways to configure and organize your classroom ...

Our 8 Favorite Multicultural Books for Kindergarten

05/18/2017 10:09:29 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS shares some of our favorite multicultural books for kindergarteners.

“The People Shall Continue” by Simon J. Ortiz Returns to Print

05/17/2017 11:03:37 AM

Lee & Low Books is thrilled to share that we will be bringing back to print The People Shall Continue, Simon J. Ortiz's beloved children's book tracing the history of Native and Indigenous people in North America. The book will be released in ...

Interview: Uma Krishnaswami on Citizenship, Culture, and Community

05/15/2017 08:45:13 AM

Today is the release day of Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, a middle grade historical novel about nine-year-old Maria Singh who longs to play softball. To celebrate, we interviewed author Uma Krishnaswami to find out more about her writing ...

“Where’s My Story?”: Ideas for Teaching About Diversity in Books

05/11/2017 10:33:02 AM

In this guest post, originally posted at EdWeek and reposted here with permission, Philadelphia-based teacher Kathleen Melville shares the "Where's My Story" project she developed to teach her students about diversity—or the lack thereof—in ...

Submit Your Picture Book Manuscript to the New Voices Award!

05/09/2017 11:23:40 AM

Summer is right around the corner! That means the eighteenth annual NEW VOICES AWARD is now open for submissions. Established in 2000, the New Voices Award was one of the first (and one of the only) writing contests specifically designed to ...

Meet LEE & LOW BOOKS at the Educational Thought Leaders’ Conference!

05/04/2017 09:14:48 AM

Next week we’ll be attending the Educational Thought Leaders' Conference at Kean University in New Jersey. Will you be there? If so, please stop by our booth to say hello!

Illustrator Elisa Chavarri Takes Us Behind the Art of Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris

05/02/2017 11:25:06 AM

Illustrator Elisa Chavarri takes readers behind her art process for our picture book, Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris.

Our 10 Favorite Multicultural Books for Preschool

04/27/2017 09:46:35 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS shares some of our favorite multicultural books for preschoolers.

Martí’s Song for Freedom Activity Guide

04/25/2017 09:19:14 AM

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Emma Otheguy, the author of the forthcoming title Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad created an amazing activity guide for readers.

10 Children’s Books that Celebrate Earth Day

04/20/2017 09:58:30 AM

To honor Earth Day and celebrate Poetry Month, we gathered ten poetry books that are inspired by the joy and wonder of being outdoors and that bring the sight and sounds of nature to life.

Celebrate International Jazz Day with Viola Davis

04/18/2017 07:02:17 AM

Rent Party Jazz was written by William Miller, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, and now read by actress Viola Davis on Storyline Online.

Join Our Free Webinar on #OwnVoices Children’s Books

04/17/2017 11:30:18 AM

Looking to expand your collection of authentic diverse children's books? Lee & Low is excited to be participating in a free live webinar tomorrow on #Own Voices books, hosted by School Library Journal!

Come Meet LEE & LOW BOOKS at TLA 2017!

04/13/2017 09:19:04 AM

Come meet LEE & LOW BOOKS at the Texas Library Association annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.

4 Mentor Texts and Activities for National Poetry Month

04/11/2017 11:55:51 AM

April is National Poetry Month. With so many forms of poetry to explore and share with students, what will you choose? Here are 4 ideas for using mentor texts to guide students in poetry study.

Interview: Writing Haiku With Curtis Manley, Author of The Crane Girl

04/06/2017 07:00:27 AM

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we interview author Curtis Manley on writing haiku, poetry, and The Crane Girl.

How You Can Save Federal Funding for Libraries & Help Teens

04/04/2017 09:34:35 AM

Federal funding for libraries is once again in danger. In this post, reposted with permission from YALSA, we share some ways you can take action to protect library funding.

Rent Party Jazz Activities and Teaching Resources

03/31/2017 07:00:55 AM

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, we're highlighting activities and teaching resources to go with our children's book RENT PARTY JAZZ.

The Diversity Gap in Children’s Book Publishing, 2017

03/30/2017 10:58:20 AM

Lee & Low updates our infographic on diversity in children's book publishing and looks at the 2016 numbers.

Press Release: Lee & Low Books Announces New Visions Award Winners; Partners With First Book and NEA Foundation

03/28/2017 09:00:55 AM

Children’s book publisher LEE & LOW BOOKS is thrilled to announce the results of its fourth annual New Visions Award for new authors of color. This year, in partnership with First Book and the NEA Foundation, the award expanded to two winning ...

Honoring Social Work Month With Children’s Books

03/23/2017 09:20:46 AM

March is National Social Work Month! In this blog post we share 5 children's books that cover important topics in social work.

10 Children’s Books That Celebrate World Water Day

03/21/2017 10:37:18 AM

To honor one of Earth's most precious resources, we've gathered nine titles that will help readers discover the power of water and how it supports all kinds of life on Earth.

Judging Books by Their Covers

03/16/2017 10:54:38 AM

Today we are pleased to share this guest post from Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Laura Reiko Simeon on the power of book covers.

10 Children’s Books About Women in STEM/STEAM

03/14/2017 07:00:37 AM

For Women's History Month, we've rounded up ten books about women who have made contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Webinar: Using Multicultural Children’s Poetry to Inspire Poetry Appreciation

03/13/2017 07:00:38 AM

Get new ideas for lesson planning on topics that matter most. Join our free webinar on multicultural poetry for April's Poetry Month. The webinar is March 16th at 9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST at Share My Lesson’s 5th annual Ideas & Innovations ...

Why We Consult Cultural Experts During the Editorial Process

03/09/2017 09:08:44 AM

After her recent interview about sensitivity readers, Editorial Director and Publisher of Tu Books, Stacy Whitman, further discusses the importance of cultural experts.

The Miseducation of Native American Students

03/07/2017 09:55:33 AM

In this guest post, author and editor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses the dehumanizing myths and misconceptions that hurt Native students. Currently, more than 600,000 Native American students attend our nation's K-12 public schools.

Bebop Books: Guided Reading Book Sets for the Classroom

03/02/2017 10:36:59 AM

Bebop Books offers leveled books for guided reading and assessment in the classroom, classroom libraries, ELL/Dual Language programs, and more - all with a dedication to cultural authenticity.

Black History Month Spotlight: William “Doc” Key

02/28/2017 13:18:46 PM

As February comes to an end, we round out Black History Month with a spotlight on William “Doc” Key, a self-taught veterinarian who taught his horse Jim Key how to read, write, and calculate math problems.

Teaching Tolerance and Anti-Bullying

02/27/2017 07:09:21 AM

Through Booklist, we recently explored how to use culturally responsive titles in a library's tolerance and anti-bullying units and book collections.

The Diversity Gap in the Academy Awards: Diversity Records Broken

02/23/2017 11:36:27 AM

In 2015, we released an infographic and study on the diversity gap in the Academy Awards. Today, we take a look at the diversity records that have been broken in the 2017 Oscars nominations.

Tiny Stitches Wins An NAACP Image Award!

02/22/2017 10:48:25 AM

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas wins a NAACP Image Award.

Bilingual Children’s Books at the NABE Conference

02/21/2017 11:19:16 AM

This week we'll be attending the NABE (National Association for Bilingual Educators) Conference in Dallas, Texas. Will you be there? If so, please stop by booth #505 in the exhibit hall to say hello!

8 Black History Month Books for Middle School

02/15/2017 09:41:40 AM

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve gathered eight of our favorite Black History Month Books for middle school.

Valentine’s Day Children’s Books that Celebrate Familial Love

02/13/2017 11:02:31 AM

In this guest post, writer Rebecca En-Szu Hu-Van Wright compiles a list of 9 children's books to read with kids for Valentine's Day that celebrate familial love.

Five Inspiring Reads From Around the Web

02/10/2017 09:36:40 AM

Here are five reads from around the web that made us smile.

Women Who Persisted

02/09/2017 00:00:09 AM

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”–Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell barring Senator Elizabeth Warren from speaking Lee & Low Books is proud to publish stories of women who refused to be ...

Free Upcoming Webinar: Teaching Tolerance

02/08/2017 10:26:29 AM

As stories of bullying fill the news, many teachers, librarians, and parents are looking for helpful resources. Join us for a free, hour-long webinar in which publishers Lee & Low Books and Second Story Press will present titles that aim to ...

10 Black History Month Books for Grades 3-6

02/06/2017 12:40:06 PM

February is here! In honor of Black History Month, we've gathered ten of our favorite Black History Month Books for grade 3 to grade 6.

Five Delightful Reads from Around the Web

02/03/2017 10:23:59 AM

We've gathered five reads from around the web that made us smile.

Next Story Time, Have Dulé Hill Read to Your Students

02/02/2017 07:02:30 AM

As Fast As Words Could Fly was written by Pamela M. Tuck, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, and now on Storyline Online read by actor Dulé Hill.

8 Black History Month Books for Grades K-2

01/31/2017 11:58:22 AM

February is almost upon us! Here are eight of our favorite Black History Month Books for kindergarten through grade 2.

STEM Connections and the Human Heart: Tiny Stitches Teacher’s Guide

01/30/2017 08:30:38 AM

A preview into the Tiny Stitches Teacher's Guide, including sample questions and activities.

Five Inspiring Reads from Around the Web

01/27/2017 09:43:58 AM

We’ve gathered five of our favorite reads from around the web.

Twelve Things That Make Lee & Low a Unique Place to Publish

01/25/2017 07:15:01 AM

In this post, we give an inside peek into the experience of publishing with a small house and share 12 things that make Lee & Low a special place to publish.

Announcing Our 2016 New Voices Award Winner

01/23/2017 07:00:55 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS Announces the Winner of Our 2016 New Voices Award Contest.

Interview: Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore on Collaboration

01/19/2017 10:24:46 AM

In this interview, Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore discuss their writing process, their stylistic differences, and working together to create the perfect story.

Book List: 7 Children’s Books About Immigration

01/18/2017 07:00:56 AM

In this book list, we round up seven books about immigration.

LEE & LOW ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN ITS EDITORIAL LEADERSHIP

01/17/2017 06:00:28 AM

LEE & LOW BOOKS, the 25-year-old children’s book publisher that focuses on diversity, will be making two major changes to its editorial department. Longtime Vice President/Editorial Director Louise May will step back from her administrative ...

Five Great Reads From Around the Web

01/13/2017 07:00:25 AM

We've gathered five of our favorite reads that have filled us with hope and excitement for the upcoming months.

6 Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

01/12/2017 09:39:35 AM

January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and to celebrate, we’ve gathered six books that highlight the works and accomplishments of civil rights activists and African American pioneers.

Readers’ Reactions to Vivien Thomas’s Legacy

01/10/2017 07:00:27 AM

Gwendolyn Hooks, author of TINY STITCHES, shares some of her favorite readers' reactions to her book.

How to Make Your Book Fair Multicultural and Diverse

01/09/2017 07:04:00 AM

Guest post blogger, Maria Falgoust, is the librarian at International School of Brooklyn and shares her tips for organizing a multicultural, diverse book fair.

Interview: Author LaTisha Redding on Immigration, Grief, and the Healing Power of Art

11/22/2016 07:00:22 AM

In this interview, author LaTisha Redding discusses how she tackles heavy themes in children’s books and what inspired her to write Henri’s story.

Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: Summoning the Phoenix

11/21/2016 08:00:47 AM

Celebrating LEE & LOW’s 25th Anniversary with a look back at 25 years of books. This post highlights the award-winning title SUMMONING THE PHOENIX, from our Shen's Book imprint.

Shame the Stars: Teaching Forgotten Narratives

11/21/2016 06:51:22 AM

In this guest post, educator and writer Tami Charles presents text-dependent questions and inquiry-based activities for students to practice close reading and critical thinking with the book Shame the Stars.

Celebrate National Adoption Day with our Adoption Book List

11/17/2016 10:09:21 AM

November 19th is National Adoption Day! And to celebrate, we are highlighting books that help children learn about and reflect on how families come together.

Finding the Lost Voices with YA Historical Fiction

11/15/2016 07:00:10 AM

Our summer intern asks the question "Can fiction be a pathway to fact?" while looking at YA historical fiction.

Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: Parrots Over Puerto Rico

11/14/2016 08:00:06 AM

Celebrating LEE & LOW's 25th Anniversary with a look back at 25 years of books. This post highlights Parrots Over Puerto Rico.

Interview: Donna Janell Bowman on the Amazing William “Doc” and Jim Key

11/10/2016 10:49:07 AM

In this interview, author Donna Janell Bowman discusses the power of Doc and Jim Key’s message of kindness and what inspired her to write about one of the most famous performing duos in the country.

Close Reading in High School: Ink and Ashes

11/09/2016 07:12:18 AM

Senior Literacy Specialist Jill Eisenberg presents text-dependent questions for students to practice close reading and critical thinking with the book Ink and Ashes.

Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: Summer of the Mariposas

11/07/2016 07:09:46 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 ...

Democracy in Action Book List

11/03/2016 08:00:24 AM

With Election Day just around the corner, we wanted to share these five titles that demonstrate everyday citizens of the United States taking action to create change for the better in their societies.