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

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Submissions for our twenty-second annual New Voices Award and our ninth annual New Visions Award are now open! Do you or someone you know write for young readers? Are you a writer of color or Indigenous/Native writer 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.

The New Voices Award and the New Visions Award encourage writers of color and Indigenous/Native writers  to submit their work to Lee & Low Books, a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Winners of each award receive a $2,000 cash prize and a first time publishing contract with Lee & Low Books.

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Lee & Low Books Announces the 2021 New Visions Award Winner and Honor

New Visions Award sealNew York, NY—Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, is thrilled to announce the results of its eighth annual New Visions Award writing contest. Established to increase the number of authors of color writing for children and teens, the New Visions Award is given to a middle grade or young adult manuscript by a new author of color or Indigenous/Native author. Winners receive a cash prize and publishing contract with Lee & Low Books. This year, Tiffany Golden has won the New Visions Award for her manuscript, Rikki and Rai: The Everyday and Sometimes Epic Adventures of the Tucker Sisters. The honor goes to Ana Rodriguez Ellickson for Roman the Renegade. Continue reading

Watch the Webinar: Teaching About Juneteenth with Children’s Books

We had a great virtual turnout for last week’s webinar, “Teaching About Juneteenth with Children’s Books” with Newbery and Caldecott Honor-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford (Juneteenth Jamboree), alongside expert educators Dr. Amanda Vickery, Assistant Professor of Social Studies at University of North Texas, and Dawnavyn James, Missouri-based Early Childhood and Elementary Educator. If you missed it live (or just want to watch again), you can access the webinar below, or here on YouTube. Keep reading for links to resources and booklists shared during the webinar.

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Six Days Left to Support Our Kickstarter Campaign

Image with text Stretch Goals and cover images of THE WITCH OWL PARLIAMENT in English and Spanish

After just two weeks, our Kickstarter campaign to help bring our new graphic novel Clockwork Curandera Vol. 1: The Witch Owl Parliament to even more readers, is now fully funded! Mil gracias to everyone who believed in, supported, and shared this project. We are extremely grateful for each of you.

What comes next?

Our primary aim has always been to build preorders so we can expand our first print run, and all additional funding beyond our goal will allow us to do that on a larger scale. Beyond that, we wanted to share three stretch goals that are near and dear to us—including our biggest stretch goal, which has been a dream of ours since this project was in its earliest stages.

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2021 Diverse Summer Reading Books for Grades PreK-2

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Want to freshen up your Summer Reading list, but not sure where to begin? Kick off summer with our fun, colorful, and printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader!

In this blog post, we’ve rounded up books from our summer reading book list for grades PreK-2. You can find more of our 2021 summer reading titles in our Diverse Summer Reading List and the corresponding book collection.

Keep reading for some of our favorite entertaining Lee & Low picks!

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The Best Leveled Bookrooms A-Z

Lee & Low Books has titles at a full range of levels to support read alouds, guided reading, shared reading, intervention, and independent reading. And our newest  TK/PreK Bookroom is now available!

Lee & Low Bookrooms cover a wide range of concepts, themes, and interest areas that appeal to children and fit right into your literacy program. They are also diverseculturally responsive, and authentic, reflecting the many backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and identities represented by today’s students. Continue reading

2021 Summer Reading Book List for Grades PreK-8+

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Let’s kick off summer with our fun, colorful, and printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader! Let’s enjoy these upcoming summer months with an exciting page-turner. You can find the full Summer Reading collections here:

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Upcoming Webinar: Teaching About Juneteenth with Children’s Books

Juneteenth, a blending of the words June and nineteenth, is an annual celebration on June 19th commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is currently recognized by more than 47 states as a state holiday or observance, with propositions to make it a federal holiday. How can we acknowledge, celebrate, and teach about the significance of Juneteenth?

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Butterflies and Blades of Grass: Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth in Conversation

In this blog post, we’re highlighting author Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth‘s titles! The Sibert Award-winning team has collaborated on four Lee & Low titles including Butterfly for a King: Saving Hawai’i’s Kamehameha Butterflies, Prairie Dog Song, Parrots Over Puerto Rico, and The Mangrove TreeIn time for Earth Day and World Environment Day, authors Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth share their favorite moments and fascinating tidbits about each collaboration.

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An Interview with A.M. Dassu, author of Boy, Everywhere

Today is the release day for Boy, Everywhere by debut author A. M. Dassu! In this powerful middle-grade debut, Sami and his family embark on a harrowing journey to save themselves from the Syrian civil war.

Watch author A. M. Dassu talk about why she wrote Boy, Everywhere. And read on to learn more about what moved Dassu to write this story, her experience and work with refugees, and the feedback she’s received from Syrian readers.

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