Mapo Tofu: A Lo Family Recipe

Today is Chinese New Year! Traditionally, the night before Chinese New Year, Chinese families will gather around and eat dinner together, much like this plate from the LEE & LOW title, Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic: Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic author and illustrator Ginnie and Beth Lo were kind enough to share one of […]

Jai recipe for Chinese New Year

On Thanksgiving, everyone looks forward to the turkey. Valentine’s Day is the time for chocolate. During Chinese New Year, one of the most popular dish is one called jai, or Buddha’s Delight. Jai is a vegetarian dish and is eaten on the first day of Chinese New Year to bring good luck. According to Buddhist […]

Chicago here we come!

Well, barring any more volcanic interruptions, come this weekend we’ll be heading off to Chicago for the annual International Reading Association convention.  If you’ll be there, we’d love to see you! It makes me super happy to meet people face to face in this age of twitter-email-voicemail-3G-4G-whatever. Anyway, we’ll be hanging out at booth 2122 […]

Video Thursday: “Every time they called me some name, I hit it farther.”

On The Daily Show, baseball great Willie Mays talks about being the only black man on his baseball teams, and how he responded to racism: more about “Video: Willie Mays | The Daily Show |…“, posted with vodpod

This Week in Diversity: A Cinematic Rollercoaster

Welcome to winter! I know, according to the calendar winter doesn’t start for another week and a half, but the weather says it’s winter. So let’s curl up by the fire, roast some chestnuts, and talk diversity. There’s been a lot of back-and-forth on some new films depicting African Americans. We start out with Precious: […]

This Week in Diversity: Changes in the Landscape

It’s easy to think of racial groups as cultural monoliths: black culture is like this, Asian culture is like that. An article on culture clashes between recent immigrants from Africa and African Americans, many of them descendants of slaves whose families have been in the U.S. for centuries, reminds us of the complexity. It also […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee!

This morning, we went up to the Bank Street College of Education for the announcement of their Best Children’s Books of the year list—and to celebrate, with cake, the centennial of the Children’s Book Committee. Every year for the last one hundred years, The Children’s Book Committee—then of Child Study Association of America, now of […]

My lunch, myself?

Earlier this week we posted our lunch poll because, well, at LEE & LOW we like food a lot. It plays a central part in many of our books, and here’s why. Think about the phrase, “You are what you eat.” That goes beyond guiltily scarfing down a bar of chocolate. What we choose to […]

Poll of the Week: Lunch

We’ll talk later in the week about food, culture, and books, but for now, let’s get straight to the poll:

What Is “Normal” Reading?

I was recently skimming the New York Times, as I am wont to do, and stumbled across this post: “What Is ‘Normal’ Eating?” The poster rightly points out that eating normal means different things to different people. Whenever our office goes out for a company lunch, a certain subset of the office gets large portions […]

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