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Interview: Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore on Collaboration

Prairie Dog Song cover imageWith Susan L. Roth’s signature collage illustrations and Cindy Trumbore and Roth’s detailed narrative, it’s clear that Roth and Trumbore’s styles are a perfect match. Their award-winning books, The Mangrove Tree, Parrots Over Puerto Rico, and Prairie Dog Song are a testament to their effortless collaboration style and their shared passion for conservation. In this interview, Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore discuss their writing process, their stylistic differences, and working together to create the perfect story.

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LEE & LOW ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN ITS EDITORIAL LEADERSHIP

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 responsibilities, while Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Executive Editor Cheryl Klein will become Editorial Director.

Louise May
Louise May

Louise May, Vice President/Editorial Director, will become Editor-at-Large, effective March 1, 2017. May began her eighteen-year career at LEE & LOW as senior editor and advanced through the ranks to her current role as Vice President/Editorial Director. Her growth and commitment to diversity in children’s books parallels the success of the company. May’s invaluable contribution to LEE & LOW and its mission is evidenced by the numerous award-winning titles to her credit, including the Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Parrots Over Puerto Rico, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, the Pura Belpré Award Honor book The Pot That Juan Built, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner Etched in Clay. May also was instrumental in developing and launching the company’s successful educational imprint, Bebop Books. She will continue to work with her many established authors and illustrators to acquire and edit new titles.

“Louise is a crucial member of the LEE & LOW family and has played key roles in growing our company and our lists with powerful books that speak to all children,” says Jason Low, LEE & LOW’S publisher.

Cheryl Klein
Cheryl Klein

Cheryl Klein will join LEE & LOW as Editorial Director, also effective March 1, 2017. Klein will oversee the company’s editorial program and work closely with ownership to expand the company’s diversity mission within the school/library and trade markets. Klein has worked at the Arthur A. Levine Books imprint of Scholastic for the past sixteen years, most recently as Executive Editor. She also served as the US continuity editor for the last two books of the Harry Potter series. Her passion for diversity has been evident in many of the authors she has worked with and books she has published, including the New York Times bestselling Shadowshaper, the American Indian Library Association Youth Literary Awards Honor book If I Ever Get Out of Here, the Schneider Family Book Award-winning Marcelo in the Real World, and the ALSC Notable Children’s Book The Princess and the Pony. She was a founding member of the Children’s Book Council’s Diversity Committee and serves as an assistant coordinator of the Kweli Colors of Children’s Literature annual writers’ literary conference.

“When we began our search, we wanted someone who was on the same page as us regarding the state of diversity in publishing and what needs to be done to continue to improve representation in children’s books—Cheryl gets it. We are looking forward to working with her,” says Jason Low.

ABOUT LEE & LOW BOOKS: Established in 1991, LEE & LOW BOOKS is the largest children’s book publisher in the United States specializing in diversity. Under several imprints, the company provides a comprehensive range of notable diverse books for beginning readers through young adults. Lee & Low Books is a certified 100% Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE). Visit the company website to learn more.

6 Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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.

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Interview: Richard Sobol on Coexistence, Travel, and Capturing the Perfect Moment

Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony is about the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian families in a Ugandan village who created a Fair Trade Coffee Cooperative. In this uplifting photo-essay, we learn how families live and work together peacefully despite their religious differences. Author and photographer Richard Sobol takes readers on a journey to Namanyonyi through his beautiful photographs. And to learn more about his experience, we’ve asked him a few questions about his creative process.

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Ten Favorite Diversity-Related Reads from 2016

Now that 2016 is finally coming to a close, we gathered a few of our favorite reads that engaged, entertained, and fascinated us throughout the year.

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10 Books for Children About Kindness

Due to the current political climate, kindness and empathy are more important than ever. We know, however, that books can change a reader’s perspective and open a reader’s mind to a different world, a different culture, and a different way of life. In celebration of empathy and kindness, we’ve collected a list of recommended books that encourage kindness, giving, and open-mindedness.

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Plan Your Month Roundup: December Books and Resources

Now that your stomach is filled with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, it’s time to get ready for the December holidays! Here are some book recommendations and resources for the December holiday season.

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Celebrate National Adoption Day with our Adoption Book List

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.

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Celebrating 25 Books Over 25 Years: Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Lee and Low 25th anniversaryLEE & 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. Continue reading

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

Step Right Up cover imageStep Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness is a biography of William “Doc” Key, a formerly enslaved man and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read, write, and do math. Together they became a famous traveling performance act and proponents for the humane treatment of animals around the turn of the twentieth century. 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.

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