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.

I was elated to begin my summer internship position in Editorial & Marketing; I was eager to learn the various details of publishing that often go overlooked. On my first day I was greeted with warm smiles, my fellow teammates, and towering book shelves adorned with a plethora of gorgeous picture books and novels. Not to mention, a perfectly decorated desk with eye-catching bookmarks, postcards, an assortment of recent titles and a personalized sign!

Throughout my internship program I had valuable informational interviews with my LEE & LOW teammates. Everyone I spoke to showcased their passion for children’s literature and passion for creating inclusive content for upcoming readers. Books like Magic Like That, Mèo and Bé, and Marvelous Mabel illustrated their desire for lifting up marginalized voices and inclusive storytelling.

Now when I think of the future of kidlit, I think of the relentless team at LEE & LOW working to make the genre more accessible—one great book at a time.

Stacey Watson was Lee & Low’s summer Editorial & Marketing Intern. She’s a recent graduate from Hunter College, with her MA in Literature, Language and Theory, as well as a recipient of We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant.