Category Archives: Interviews with Authors and Illustrators

The Dandiest Life: Hear Our Voices Author Interview with Tracy Occomy Crowder

Illustration of with the Chicago skyline and lake with the Tu Books logo, book title, and Kirkus Reviews quote: "An engaging novel drawing strength from its rich narrative voice and celebrating Black historical luminaries."

This Q&A with author Tracy Occomy Crowder and Owner & CEO of The Dandiest Life, LLC Elizabeth Mobley originally appeared on The Dandiest Life Blog. Tracy’s debut middle grade novel Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key is available wherever books are sold!

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The Dandiest Life: Hear Our Voices Author Interview with David Anthony Durham

Graphic that reads "The Shadow Prince Saga Continues! Can Ash and his friends bring light back to Egypt" with the covers of both books and the Tu Books logo in front of a dark blue background with bat illustrations

This Q&A with author David Anthony Durham and Owner & CEO of The Dandiest Life, LLC Elizabeth Mobley originally appeared on The Dandiest Life Blog. David’s second novel The Longest Night in Egypt is available wherever books are sold!

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The Meaning of Home: A Q&A with Maham Khwaja and Daby Zainab Faidhi

Graphic with the heading "A Q&A with Maham Khwaja and Daby Zainab Faidhi" that shows the cover of The Home We Make and author photos for Maham and Daby over an illustration of a refugee camp.

In this Q&A, author Maham Khwaja and illustrator Daby Zainab Faidhi share the backstory of their upcoming picture book and its many themes, including displacement, resilience, and the meaning of home. The Home We Make will be available on October 8, 2024!

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What makes a Lee & Low Teacher’s Guide special?

Our Literacy team of former classroom educators develops teacher’s guides for each and every book we publish. That’s more than 900 free, high-quality resources, offering extensive teaching ideas, curricular connections, and activities that can be adapted to many different educational settings.

We also bring our authors & illustrators into the process. Their feedback is vital to ensure that the content included is the best it can be. Check out their rave reviews, then download the guides to use with your readers!

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Five Questions for Five Stars for Breaking to the Beat!

To celebrate a brilliant ⭐ FIVE STARS FOR BREAKING TO THE BEAT! ⭐ we chatted with debut author Linda J. Acevedo about her reaction to the news, the gorgeous art, her writing process, and more!

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Multilingual Educator: Teaching the Power of Community and Student Activism through Art and Children’s Literature

This essay by author Christy Hale originally appeared in the CABE 2023 Edition of Multilingual Educator. Christy is the author of Todos Iguales: Un corrido de Lemon Grove/All Equal: A Ballad of Lemon Grove. Her latest book, Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World, is available now!

Photo credit: Jenna Cole.

Christy Hale has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building and several other titles for Lee & Low Books. As an educator, Hale currently teaches picture book writing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has also taught art and graphic design to high school students, and first learned about the Lemon Grove case at an in-service teacher workshop. Hale and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. You can visit her online at christyhale.com.

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Teaching Native American Heritage Month: In Conversation with Editor Elise McMullen-Ciotti (Cherokee Nation)

Throughout American history, Native people have been intentionally silenced; their stories set aside, hidden, or drowned out. That’s why it’s critical to read stories about Indigenous characters, told by Indigenous voices. Teaching Indigenous history is essential all year-round.

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Mexican X Part X: What the Hex a ‘Latinx’? A Guest Post By David Bowles

This guest post by David Bowles dives into the origin and usage of the terms Hispanic, Latinx, Latine, and others. It was originally posted to Medium in December 2018. David is the author of numerous books for young readers, including The Witch Owl Parliament (Clockwork Curandera #1).

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Multilingual Educator: The Journey Toward Literacy Begins at Birth: A Personal Narrative

DAD IS READING TO INFANT, Photo by infant’s mother Eva Lin Fahey (author’s daughter) and with permission of father, Nick Floyd 2/22

This essay by author Jean Ciborowski Fahey, Ph. D. originally appeared in the CABE 2023 Edition of Multilingual Educator. Jean’s picture book I’ll Build You a Bookcase has been translated into Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Jean Ciborowski Fahey author photo: A white woman with short white hair wearing a blue scarf

Jean Ciborowski Fahey is an author, parent educator, and speaker dedicated to promoting an early love of reading in children. She also consults for a variety of literacy initiatives and organizations and creates home literacy curriculum for parent-home visitors and early intervention specialists. She lives in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts with her husband, Tom, and dog, Indigo. Visit her online at readingfarm.net.

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