Honoring Social Work Month With Children’s Books

Guest BloggerThis is a guest blog post from our spring intern, Annabelle.

During the first two weeks of my internship, I received a book donation request from a woman who worked as a public defender for children in juvenile detention. Her email was short and simple; she needed books for the clients she worked with. The stories she wanted were far from bright and happy, but they faithfully portrayed the lives of children struggling with poverty and violence- an all-too-familiar situation for the individuals she represented. Continue reading

10 Children’s Books That Celebrate World Water Day

Wednesday, March 22nd is World Water Day, an internationally recognized day started by the United Nations in 1992 to celebrate water and those who labor in water. To honor one of Earth’s most precious resources, we’ve gathered ten titles that will help readers discover the power of water and how it supports all kinds of life on Earth.

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Judging Books by Their Covers

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

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10 Children’s Books About Women in STEM/STEAM

March is Women’s History Month and while we believe that the accomplishments of women should be celebrated all the time, today we wanted to specifically highlight children’s books that feature women who have made significant contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

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

Does your National Poetry Month reflect our nation? Learn how to find and use multicultural and diverse poetry in your classroom!

Join Lee & Low Books for a free webinar with Share My Lesson’s 5th annual Ideas & Innovations Virtual Conference, March 14-16, 2017.

Get ready for inspiring an appreciation for verse and encouraging your students to write poetry themselves!

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Why We Consult Cultural Experts During the Editorial Process

The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune recently interviewed Tu Books publisher Stacy Whitman and Lee & Low’s new editorial director, Cheryl Klein, in a piece discussing “sensitivity readers,” who read specifically to review the cultural and identity elements of a book for authenticity. Because not every answer to an interview question makes it into an article, we collected Stacy’s answers on why we consult with expert readers.

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The Miseducation of Native American Students

In this guest post, excerpted from an original post at EdWeek and Guest Bloggerreposted here with permission, 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. Continue reading

Bebop Books: Guided Reading Book Sets for the Classroom

Bebop Books is an exclusive imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS that offers leveled books for guided reading and assessment in the classroom—all with the same commitment to diversity and cultural authenticity that sets all LEE & LOW books apart. In this blog post, we want to spotlight this special imprint and all it offers.

In 2014, children of color became the new majority in America’s public schools, so now more than ever, it’s important that classroom books and materials reflect today’s students.   Our Bebop Books resources are used in classrooms across the country to support literacy learning content for beginning readers, with multicultural content that affirms identity for all students. Continue reading

Black History Month Spotlight: William “Doc” Key

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 a horse these skills might sound preposterous, but Doc was able to nurture Jim’s ability through kindness, patience, and empathy. Together they traveled throughout the United States and impressed audiences with Jim’s amazing performances. In the process, they broke racial barriers and raised awareness for the humane treatment of animals.

Here’s what Donna Janell Bowman, author of Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, had to say about William “Doc” Key’s legacy and the amazing duo’s story:

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Exploring Children's Books Through the Lens of Diversity