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Calling All Publishers, Agents, and Review Journals: Join Us for Diversity Baseline Survey 2.0

Five years ago, Lee & Low Books launched the first Diversity Baseline Survey to examine four aspects of diversity among publishing industry staff: race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. Administered to over 13,000 publishing employees at thirty-five different publishing companies and eight major review journals, the Diversity Baseline Survey inspired many conversations and initiatives to help build a more inclusive book industry.

Five years later, it is time for us to redo the survey to see what has changed. We have big plans this time, including a Kickstarter (launching early 2019) to raise money to hire a professional survey/evaluation company and an initiative to include literary agents, who play an important role in gatekeeping.

We are putting an open call out to publishing houses and literary agencies of all sizes: will you participate in 2019?

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Diverse Children’s Books to Give as Gifts, Ages 0-5

Holiday Guide 0-5

Books make the best gifts! With the holiday season in full swing, we get a lot of questions about the best books to gift to young readers. If you’re looking for vibrant, beautiful, authentically diverse books for the children in your life, keep reading for our suggestions for ages 0-5 and stay tuned for the other entries in this series when we’ll cover additional age ranges! Continue reading

An Interview with Mary Louise Sanchez, Author of The Wind Called My Name

The Wind Called My NameToday we celebrate the release of The Wind Called My Name, the new middle grade historical fiction novel by Mary Louise Sanchez! Set in Wyoming during the Great Depression, The Wind Called My Name is a frontier novel told from a Latinx perspective, based on the author’s own family experiences. Here’s what critics and early readers have said:

The Wind Called My Name opens minds, warms the heart, and renews our faith in one another.” –Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Medal-winning author of Moon Over Manifest and Navigating Early

A hopeful historical story with a strong heroine.” —Booklist

A beautifully touching story of family, culture, and resiliency.” –Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella and Moving Target Continue reading

The Whiteness of PBS’s Great American Read

The Great American Read

Last night, PBS announced the winner of their Great American Read, a poll to determine “America’s Favorite Novel.” The winner was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a story about racial tolerance that received 242,275 votes from a total of nearly 4.3 million cast.

According to PBS, the top 100 books were chosen by using the public opinion polling service “YouGov” to conduct “a demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel.” Once the Top 100 list was established, voting was opened to everyone to determine the winner and rankings of all 100 titles.

Given our focus on diversity and inclusion, we wondered how representative the list looked when compared to America’s demographics. Were authors of color represented? How did their books fare in the poll? Continue reading

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

This month, Lee & Low Books will mark the 25th anniversary of its Baseball Saved Usfirst book release, Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki and illustrated by Dom Lee. With over half a million copies sold, this groundbreaking picture book about a young boy playing baseball in a Japanese American Internment Camp continues to be one of the company’s most popular and bestselling books.
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7 Children’s Books That Transcend Hispanic Heritage Month

In this guest post, New York Public Library Head of Teen Services Elisa Garcia shares some of her favorite titles for fostering conversation and dialogue during Hispanic Heritage Month and BEYOND. Welcome, Elisa!

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15- October 15. While it is great that these days are solely dedicated to celebrating and highlighting Hispanic Heritage, in public libraries part of our mission is to ensure that our collections reflect the diversity of our users and that culture and diversity are celebrated year round! The following recommended titles are valuable additions to our library collection that not only celebrate the diversity of Latinx culture, but can be used year-round to celebrate culture and diversity of all peoples. Continue reading

Free Upcoming Webinar: Guided Reading Tips & Strategies for Beginning Readers

Guided Reading Tips Webinar
Need to freshen up your Guided Reading block at the beginning of the school year? Are you looking for more ideas to incorporate in your small reading groups with your early readers? Join Katie Potter, Lee & Low’s Literacy Specialist, for the Guided Reading in Kindergarten Webinar as she breaks down and discusses Jen Serravallo’s Reading Conferences with Your Beginning Readers. Learn about strategies and techniques to use with your readers at Fountas and Pinnell Levels A, B, and C, and watch her model with some of our beloved Bebop Books!

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Back to School with Diverse Leveled Bookrooms

Diverse Leveled Bookrooms

Lee & Low Books is proud to be the nation’s largest publisher of multicultural children’s books. With the launch of our new Diverse, Leveled Bookrooms, districts across the country will now be able to bring more equity, inclusion, and diversity into their leveled bookrooms!

We will work with you to ensure your students have access to hundreds of award-winning, culturally responsive, contemporary books at the levels they need. Continue reading

Guest Book Review: AHIMSA, reviewed by Padma Venkatraman

Guest BloggerToday we are thrilled to welcome author Padma Venkatraman to the Lee & Low Books blog for a guest review of the novel Ahimsa, by Supriya Kelkar. Welcome, Padma!

Ahimsa, Supriya Kelkar’s New Visions Award-winning debut, is set in India in the 1940’s – a time in our shared human history about which enough can never be written. Continue reading

Lee & Low Books 2018 Releases: Watch the Webinar + Browse Our Catalog

If you missed our recent 2018 showcase webinar, there’s good news: you can now watch the recording! Whether you’re a parent, teacher, librarian, or bookseller, this webinar will help you discover great new books to diversify your shelves:

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