Banned Books Resources

This year’s Banned Books Week takes place from October 1–7, 2023! Let Freedom Read Day is happening on the last day of Banned Books Week. For that day (and for every day afterwards), we’re asking you to stand up with us and take action in the fight against banned books!

It’s time to defend books from censorship and stand up for library staff, educators, writers, and bookseller. There are many ways to take action, like calling your school and library administrators, checking out a banned book, writing a letter to your local boards, or even attending a meeting.

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New Releases: Connor Kissed Me and When a Brown Girl Flees

Today, we are celebrating two exciting book releases: Connor Kissed Me by Zehava, illustrated by Sarah K. Turner; and When a Brown Girl Flees by Aamna Qureshi!

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The Joy of Inclusion – An Intern’s Perspective

For generations children’s literature has captured the hearts of generations of readers, but what sets it apart? Imagination? Charm? Humor? Heart? These are strong contenders, but it goes without saying that the genre’s continual effort to lend a voice to the voiceless and make room for those who usually feel unseen attract readers of all ages. My love for kidlit has not only fueled my passion for reading, but it lead me to LEE & LOW BOOKS where my passion for this amazing genre only blossomed.

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THE MOONLIT VINE and SPECULATION Selected for Read Across America 2023–2024

We’re thrilled to share that The Moonlit Vine & Claro de luna by Elizabeth Santiago and Speculation by Nisi Shawl were selected as featured titles for the National Education Association’s Read Across America 2023–2024!

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Multilingual Educator: The Journey Toward Literacy Begins at Birth: A Personal Narrative

DAD IS READING TO INFANT, Photo by infant’s mother Eva Lin Fahey (author’s daughter) and with permission of father, Nick Floyd 2/22

This essay by author Jean Ciborowski Fahey, Ph. D. originally appeared in the CABE 2023 Edition of Multilingual Educator. Jean’s picture book I’ll Build You a Bookcase has been translated into Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Jean Ciborowski Fahey author photo: A white woman with short white hair wearing a blue scarf

Jean Ciborowski Fahey is an author, parent educator, and speaker dedicated to promoting an early love of reading in children. She also consults for a variety of literacy initiatives and organizations and creates home literacy curriculum for parent-home visitors and early intervention specialists. She lives in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts with her husband, Tom, and dog, Indigo. Visit her online at readingfarm.net.

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Maya Gonzalez on Nonbinary Representation, the Language of the Nonverbal & Power of Pronouns

Award-winning kidlit creator Maya Gonzalez (illustrator of I Can Be . . . Me!) wrote a series of essays to celebrate Pride month. The excerpt below originally appeared on The Official SCBWI Blog, and Maya’s guest posts included:

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10 Books for Back to School

It’s that time of the year again! September is around the corner and the summer season is winding down. Help kick the year off to a great start with our Back-to-School suggestions from Lee & Low Books.

Curated by our in-house literacy specialists, these book lists have something for everyone and will make sure that all students feel at home in their new classrooms. Here are some diverse books to share with students as you get back into the classroom groove!

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Support Latine/Hispanic Heritage Month

Latine/Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15. We have many ways to support Latine creators, including exciting new titles, an array of books now available in Spanish, and four creator programs at the 2023 Latinx Kidlit Book Festival. Check them all out below!

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Watch the Webinar: Centering Disabilities in the Classroom

Thank you to all who joined us for our most recent webinar, Centering Disabilities in the Classroom featuring Patty Cisneros Prevo, two-time Paralympic gold medalist, disability advocate, and author of Tenacious: Fifteen Adventures Alongside Disabled Athletes!

If you missed it live (or just want to watch it again), you can access the webinar below, or here on YouTube. Keep reading for links to resources and booklists shared during the webinar and feel free to reach out for more information and/or a Professional Development certificate.

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