Each year, WorldCon (the World Science Fiction Convention) gathers fans and creators of science fiction and fantasy. Among many things that happen at WorldCon is the awarding of the Hugos, something like the Oscars for speculative fiction. The first convention took place in New York City in 1939, and every year after, it has been held in a different city, organized by volunteers. In 2018, Worldcon 76 was held in San Jose, California.
Now, the thing to remember is that people of color—especially Latinx folx—have been largely absent from WorldCon during its 76 years. But this year, one of the guests of honor was illustrator John Picacio, the first Mexican American to win a Hugo (and first to serve as MC). He wanted to make sure Mexicans and Mexican Americans would be there in significant numbers.
So John founded the Mexicanx Initiative, at first intending to sponsor just a couple of key creators. But when he announced it, a dozen or so movers and shakers in the world of SF/F stepped up to contribute, and before long there was enough support to bring FIFTY Mexicanx writers, illustrators, megafans, etc. Guadalupe García McCall and David Bowles were invited to be part of this stellar group. They were placed on panels, brought into the spotlight, allowed to stand on the stage in solidarity with Dreamers and refugees.
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!
The start of the school year is a critical time to establish classroom community and shared values of respect, honesty and trust.
With the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville coming up and other traumatic news constantly making headlines, many educators are left wondering how to discuss difficult current events with their students and to navigate meaningful, age-appropriate discussions on topics like hate, racism, and prejudice.
Join Lee & Low Books in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for the timely webinar: “Teaching Tough Topics with Children’s Literature” that aims to help address these concerns through worthy books, activities, and resources. Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again! The annual American Library Association conference is in just a few days and we would love to meet you! If you will be in New Orleans this year, come visit us in booth #3452 where we’ll give away ARCs, bookmarks, posters, postcards, and other free swag! Continue reading →
We love meeting our readers in person! Lee & Low staff will be at the upcoming ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Empower 2018 Conference in Boston, followed by the CABE (California Association of Bilingual Educators) 2018 Conference in Sacramento. If you’ll be at either, please come say hello! Continue reading →
Our release and popularity of the Social Activism Diverse Reading List has got us thinking over here at LEE & LOW about the importance of sharing Social Activism resources with educators. Social Activism, especially in this volatile political climate, is necessary in inspiring students to enact change in their own communities. Read-alouds and mentor texts are also crucial in showing students historical figures who fought for justice and equality.
With Social Activism in mind, we are proud to release the Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad Teacher’s Guide! José Martí was certainly an activist as well as a brilliant political writer and courageous fighter of freedom for all people. We wanted to highlight a few specific Social Activism activities that can be done with students in the classroom. Here are a few activities directed towards Social Activism that can be found in the full Guide here:Continue reading →
Calling all ELL and dual language educators! Join us for a FREE webinar next week launching our Más Piñata line of leveled readers and exploring the benefits of dual language leveled reading.
Más Piñata was the first authentic early literacy program for Spanish-speaking students in the United States. Now Más Piñata is available for the first time in both English and Spanish as part of our beloved Bebop Books imprint, with updated texts aligned to current educational standards.
In this discussion and presentation, learn how to use these dual language Spanish-English texts to promote early literacy skills in the classroom. Attendees will come away with ready-to-implement strategies for guided reading and shared reading, bilingual and dual language programs, and reluctant or struggling readers. All advocates of students welcome! Continue reading →