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Submissions Now Open for Our New Voices and New Visions Award Writing Contests

New Voices and New Visions Award

Submissions for our twenty-first annual New Voices Award and our eighth annual New Visions Award are now open! Do you or someone you know write for young readers? Are you an author of color or Native author hoping to break in to the publishing industry for the first time? Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to have your work considered for publication by Lee & Low Books.

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Tea Time Talk: Author Kelly J. Baptist with Assistant Editor Kandace Coston

Tea Time Talks

Time for our next Tea Time Talk! Brew yourself a cup of tea, settle down in your most comfortable chair, and join us for our Tea Time Talk with our authors and editors!

In these short, casual conversations, get a behind-the-scenes look at our publishing process as our Lee & Low editors share a (virtual) cup of tea with one of our authors. Hear them describe the initial inspiration and the development process, discuss questions that came up during the editing, and reflect on decisions they made.

For this Tea Time Talk, New Voices Award Honor Kelly J. Baptist will be in conversation with assistant editor Kandace Coston as they discuss Kelly’s book The Electric Slide and Kai.

Register here. You can join us live today at 2pm ET, or register for a link to watch the recording later!

Past Tea Time Talk Recordings:

Tea Time Talk: Author Traci Sorell with Publisher Stacy Whitman and Editor Elise McMullen-Ciotti

Tea Time Talks

Tea Time Talk is back! Brew yourself a cup of tea, settle down in your most comfortable chair, and join us for our second Tea Time Talk with our authors and editors!

In these short, casual conversations, get a behind-the-scenes look at our publishing process as our Lee & Low editors share a (virtual) cup of tea with one of our authors. Hear them describe the initial inspiration and the development process, discuss questions that came up during the editing, and reflect on decisions they made.

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Actor Jaime Camil reads ZOMBIES DON’T EAT VEGGIES! and ¡LOS ZOMBIS NO COMEN VERDURAS! for Storyline Online

Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! and ¡Los zombis no comen verduras! was selected by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation for the first ever bilingual read aloud on Storyline Online, an interactive literacy website where world-renowned actors and celebrities read popular, award-winning children’s books to help students fall in love with reading.

Actor Jaime Camil reads Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! and ¡Los Zombis no comen verduras! created by Megan and Jorge Lacera on Emmy-nominated Storyline Online.

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Educator Resource Guide for The Diversity Baseline Survey 2.0

The Diversity Baseline Survey was designed to measure the lack of diversity within the publishing industry. The data also allows us to track progress as our industry grows and evolves. In 2016, Lee & Low Books sponsored and organized the first major publishing Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS 1.0). The DBS 1.0 measured the staff diversity of reviewers and publishers and has opened up a renewed interest in how to improve staff diversity. In January 2020, Lee & Low Books organized the second Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS 2.0) and released the results.

Below, you’ll find our Educator Resource Guide for the Diversity Baseline Survey. We’ve gathered discussion questions and activities for educators to use in the classroom (including virtual classrooms too!). Continue reading

New Release Dates for Lee & Low Spring and Summer Titles

We’re well into our fourth week of working from home and we hope our readers are all hanging in there! Because we’re all practicing social distancing for the foreseeable future, we’ve adjusted the publication dates of our spring and summer titles. Continue reading

Planning a Virtual Author Visit with Lee and Low Authors

As school and event cancellations continue due to the spread of COVID-19, educators, caregivers, and parents are looking for ways to facilitate learning at home. Breaking up the day with online activities and virtual events can be challenging, but we’re here to offer support in any way we can.

Many of our authors and illustrators do virtual visits and can present to your classroom or library via Zoom, Skype, or another platform. Browse our list of available authors and contact Stephanie Bange at authorvisits@leeandlow.com to find out more.

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Read Poetry with Students: Poetry Resource Guide for Teachers

Just in time for Poetry Month, we are proud to announce that we have officially relaunched our beloved Poetry Resource Guide! Check out our tips and strategies from renowned poet, educator, and literacy advocate Pat Mora about how to use poetry with students in various educational settings. Dive into creative ways to make poetry fun and engaging for young people, not just during Poetry Month but year-round! Read excerpts from the guide below, as well as some of our new and bestselling poetry titles based on universal themes!

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Our Favorite Social Justice Books for Middle School and High School

While the term “social justice” may seem overly complex or political to adults, young people are deeply attuned to concepts of equality and fairness and how these play out within their homes, classrooms, and communities. 

Children’s books are an excellent entry point into units on social justice and social activism. Narrative nonfiction provides models of real people who have stood up for what’s right; fiction provides opportunities for discussion about difficult choices and character traits like courage, persistence, and respect.

Below are some of our favorite social justice books for middle school and high school that allow young readers to build an understanding of social justice and activism in the context of gender, socioeconomic status, race, or the environment:

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Journey to the East: Teaching East Asia through Children’s Literature

In this guest post, Natasha Thomas, senior at Princeton University, discusses the importance of studying East Asia past and present. Thomas proposes creating a diverse collection that shows the multiple ethnic groups and tensions that contributed to the development of such influential cultures and helps American students understand this region with a rich, complicated history rather than the monolith it’s often portrayed as.

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