Thank you to all who joined the “Foster Multilingual Learners Through Story: In Conversation with Lee & Low Authors” panel on November 8, 2022. The NYC Department of Education hosted this panel as part of their Beyond Access Forum.
Click here to register and watch on demand! It’s FREE and open to everyone.
In this webinar, the panelists discussed how high-quality bilingual and dual language picture books celebrate the voices and cultures of young readers’ lived experiences and affirm and validate a child’s identity. Hear from Ying-Hwa Hu (Ten Blocks to the Big Wok); Claudia Guadalupe Martínez (Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando); and Xelena González (Where Wonder Grows and Donde las maravillas crecen) as they discuss their books, their role as storytellers, and their hope for the future of bilingual and dual language children’s literature.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Here at Lee & Low Books, we publish a range of Native American, Indigenous, and First Nations children’s books, many of which were written or illustrated by Native creators. We are proud to showcase stories that celebrate Native voices and experiences of Native communities historically underrepresented or misrepresented in children’s literature.
In this guest post, author Claudia Guadalupe Martínez reflects on the universal story of coming and going across a border while emphasizing the forgotten history of Mexican Repatriation. Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando is available wherever books are sold.
If you missed it live (or just want to watch it again), you can access the webinar below, or here on YouTube. Keep reading for links to resources and booklists shared during the webinar and feel free to reach out for more information.
Election day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Do you have a plan to vote? Are you sharing information about the election process and citizenship with young readers in your life? One great way to discuss the importance of civic engagement is through books! Through books, readers can meet real-life activists like Stacey Abrams and Harvey Milk, as well as imagined characters such as Nibi, a young Indigenous water activist, or Aaliyah, a young Muslim girl fighting back against Islamophobia—all of which will inspire the next generation of voters!
By: Michelle Fuentes, Literacy Specialist at Lee & Low Books
The Lee & Low Books literacy team is thrilled to share the Summer of the Mariposas Reading Journal, a new and exclusive tool for educators created in honor of the 10th anniversary of Summer of the Mariposas (also available in Spanish as El verano de las mariposas). This journal was made by educators for educators and in collaboration with bestselling and award-winning author, Guadalupe García McCall. The journal is designed to be flexible and adaptable for all teaching needs, with a special emphasis on student creativity.
Translated works are a wonderful way to share a diversity of stories and experiences across language barriers. Here at Lee & Low Books, we have several translated titles to celebrate, including the recently published When You Get to the Other Side by Mariana Osorio Gumá, translated by Cecilia Weddell.
Por Michelle Fuentes, Literacy Specialist, y Katie Potter, Senior Literacy Manager
Nuestro enfoque en Lee & Low Books es publicar historias contemporáneas y relevantes sobre experiencias y personas diversas. Para nosotros es importante proteger la autenticidad cultural de todos los aspectos del libro (incluyendo el texto, arte, lenguaje, sintaxis, traducciones, etc). Encontrar textos de calidad y auténticos puede ser difícil, y por eso nuestro equipo en Lee & Low hemos construido una lista de recursos para encontrar textos diversos en Español.
Educators are entering a new school year, and there are themes and units that we’re excited to tackle. It’s always a joy to see the wonder on children’s faces when they’re engaged with a riveting book and the powerful conversations that ensue.
Despite those exciting feelings, sometimes challenges will arise, and we as educators need to be prepared to have nuanced discussions with administrators, caregivers, and other people who want to be involved with students’ lives and the books we’re showcasing in our classrooms. It is also important to make sure to have a challenge policy in place that will treat all challenges equally if they arise. Continue to consult and follow the policy all school year to address any potential pushbacks.