Category Archives: Holidays and Celebrations

Recommended books and activities for holidays and celebrations throughout the year.

Parents and Caregivers: Use This Tool to Build a More Diverse Home Book Collection

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We are so excited to announce that we have adapted our beloved Classroom Library Questionnaire into a tool for families and caregivers! Our newly launched Home Library Questionnaire is now available for free to download.

The Home Library Questionnaire will help you:

  • Reflect on your home library
  • Broaden the types of books you read with your children
  • Diversify your child’s independent reading and advocate for more inclusivity in school booklists
  • Choose books that are inclusive of all people, backgrounds, and cultures

Here are some additional tips about reading with your child and making the most out of your reading experience:

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2021 Diverse Summer Reading Books for Grades 6-8

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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 6-8. 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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2021 Diverse Summer Reading Books for Grades 3-5

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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 3-5. 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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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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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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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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Lee & Low’s Holiday Gift Guide: 9 Diverse Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

If you are in a position this year to give gifts to young people in your life, consider giving books!

Yesterday, we rounded up a few of our joyful diverse picture books, perfect for gifting the little ones in your life. Today, we’re sharing our middle grade and young adult novels from light-hearted mysteries to heart-pounding thrillers.

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Lee & Low’s Holiday Gift Guide 2020: 9 Joyful Diverse Picture Books

If you are in a position this year to give gifts to young people in your life, consider giving books!

Where you put your money this year makes a BIG difference—particularly to small businesses. By supporting diverse books, independent publishers (like us!), and local booksellers, you can make sure that your holiday spending has a real social impact and ensure a vibrant literary landscape for 2021 and beyond.

We’ve rounded up our favorite books for gifting. For this blog post, we’re sharing a few joyful diverse picture books.

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The Issue with Celebrating Columbus Day

In this blog post by Kiana Low, our Lee & Low fall intern, she shares the history of Columbus’s conquest, examines the implications of celebrating Columbus Day, and highlights the importance of Indigenous People’s Day. This piece is based on an essay she wrote in 7th grade, entitled “Columbus, Not to be Celebrated”, which won a Scholastic Gold Key award.

In the past few decades, Christopher Columbus has become shrouded by controversy. While there probably won’t be any parade floats this Columbus Day we should ask ourselves: what are we really celebrating? The success of the supposed great explorer often taught in American classrooms, or a gruesome conqueror? Continue reading