Announcing Lee & Low Books’ 2020 New Voices Award Winner and Honor

New Voices Award WinnerNew York, NY—January 19, 2021—LEE & LOW BOOKS is excited to announce that Vanessa Lewis of Hawthorne, California, is the winner of the company’s twenty-first annual New Voices Award. Her picture-book manuscript, Shamu, addresses homelessness in America through the story of a young girl whose resourcefulness and confidence help her meet everyday challenges at home and school.

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Cover Reveal: The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham

Five deadly tests. Only One Shadow Prince. 

Today we’re so excited to reveal the cover for our upcoming middle grade novel, The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham, coming September 2021!

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The Story Behind What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book

Laleña Garcia has taught in New York City early childhood education programs for more than twenty years. What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book grew out of her work with Black Lives Matter in Schools, a teachers’ organization striving for racial equity in education. In this post, she shares more about how and why she developed this special project.

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Announcing the Retirement of Lee & Low Books Editor At Large Louise May

Lee & Low Books announces the retirement of Editor at Large Louise May, the longest tenured staff member of Lee & Low Books. May’s publishing career spans nearly fifty years, including more than two decades at Lee & Low Books where she was instrumental in developing diverse books and talent.

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Free Upcoming Webinar: Black Lives Matter in the Classroom

Learn about how to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into your school, classroom, library or home in this powerful discussion on Wednesday, January 20th at 4:00 PM ET.

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Sneak Peek: Lee & Low’s Winter + Spring 2021 Titles

2020 has been a challenging year to say the least, so we’re more than ready to reset and start the new year with some great new books coming out in 2021! Here’s a sneak peek of our Winter and Spring 2021 titles ranging from dance-stepping picture books to heart-stopping middle grade. Continue reading

Lee & Low’s Holiday Gift Guide: 9 Diverse Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

If you are in a position this year to give gifts to young people in your life, consider giving books!

Yesterday, we rounded up a few of our joyful diverse picture books, perfect for gifting the little ones in your life. Today, we’re sharing our middle grade and young adult novels from light-hearted mysteries to heart-pounding thrillers.

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Lee & Low’s Holiday Gift Guide 2020: 9 Joyful Diverse Picture Books

If you are in a position this year to give gifts to young people in your life, consider giving books!

Where you put your money this year makes a BIG difference—particularly to small businesses. By supporting diverse books, independent publishers (like us!), and local booksellers, you can make sure that your holiday spending has a real social impact and ensure a vibrant literary landscape for 2021 and beyond.

We’ve rounded up our favorite books for gifting. For this blog post, we’re sharing a few joyful diverse picture books.

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NCSS Programs and Events with Lee & Low Books

This year’s National Council for the Social Studies virtual conference is happening this weekend! Check out the panels and programs that our authors and staff will be participating in:

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“We are one human family”: An interview with author Jan Reynolds

JAN REYNOLDS is an award-winning author and photographer Jan Reynoldswhose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National GeographicThe New York Times, and Outside magazine. Her nonfiction books for young readers include Celebrate! Connections Among CulturesCycle of Rice, Cycle of Life; and Only the Mountains Do Not Move.  She also holds the world record for women’s high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas.

Jan’s newest picture book, The Lion Queens of Indiafollows a group of female park rangers in Gir, India who are tasked with protecting the endangered Asiatic lion. In this interview, we talk with Jan about writing the book and her life traveling the globe in search of stories and connections. Continue reading

Exploring Children's Books Through the Lens of Diversity