Lee & Low Resources for Virtual and Distance Learning During COVID

Resources for Distance Learning

Lee & Low Books is committed to supporting educators and families during the COVID-19 crisis. As we all try our best to navigate competing personal and professional priorities, we are so grateful for the educators and parents working to ensure that learning continues, in whatever form it may take.

Our staff is currently working remotely, but Lee & Low is still open and committed to supporting literacy. We’ve put together a special page on our website where you can easily see some of our most popular resources for distance learning in one place, including: Continue reading

New Release Dates for Lee & Low Spring and Summer Titles

We’re well into our fourth week of working from home and we hope our readers are all hanging in there! Because we’re all practicing social distancing for the foreseeable future, we’ve adjusted the publication dates of our spring and summer titles. Continue reading

Planning a Virtual Author Visit with Lee and Low Authors

As school and event cancellations continue due to the spread of COVID-19, educators, caregivers, and parents are looking for ways to facilitate learning at home. Breaking up the day with online activities and virtual events can be challenging, but we’re here to offer support in any way we can.

Many of our authors and illustrators do virtual visits and can present to your classroom or library via Zoom, Skype, or another platform. Browse our list of available authors and contact Stephanie Bange at authorvisits@leeandlow.com to find out more.

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Lee & Low Guidelines for Virtual Book Read Alouds During COVID-19

Virtual Read Aloud Guidelines

During this critical time, we realize the absolute importance of continued learning in ways that do not put our students at risk. Normally there are companies licensed to professionally produce audio and video recordings of our titles; under the current circumstances, time does not permit professional production to take place.

For this reason, Lee & Low is granting permission to allow educators to do a virtual recording or videotaping of our titles for non-commercial purposes only. Here are our guidelines for reading Lee & Low titles online during this time: Continue reading

Read Poetry with Students: Poetry Resource Guide for Teachers

Just in time for Poetry Month, we are proud to announce that we have officially relaunched our beloved Poetry Resource Guide! Check out our tips and strategies from renowned poet, educator, and literacy advocate Pat Mora about how to use poetry with students in various educational settings. Dive into creative ways to make poetry fun and engaging for young people, not just during Poetry Month but year-round! Read excerpts from the guide below, as well as some of our new and bestselling poetry titles based on universal themes!

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Our Favorite Social Justice Books for Middle School and High School

While the term “social justice” may seem overly complex or political to adults, young people are deeply attuned to concepts of equality and fairness and how these play out within their homes, classrooms, and communities. 

Children’s books are an excellent entry point into units on social justice and social activism. Narrative nonfiction provides models of real people who have stood up for what’s right; fiction provides opportunities for discussion about difficult choices and character traits like courage, persistence, and respect.

Below are some of our favorite social justice books for middle school and high school that allow young readers to build an understanding of social justice and activism in the context of gender, socioeconomic status, race, or the environment:

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Journey to the East: Teaching East Asia through Children’s Literature

In this guest post, Natasha Thomas, senior at Princeton University, discusses the importance of studying East Asia past and present. Thomas proposes creating a diverse collection that shows the multiple ethnic groups and tensions that contributed to the development of such influential cultures and helps American students understand this region with a rich, complicated history rather than the monolith it’s often portrayed as.

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How One Classroom Used Todos iguales/All Equal to Inspire Social Justice

Todos igualesIn this guest blog post, educator Cindy Jenson-Elliott of the Nativity Prep Academy describes how she used Todos iguales/All Equal as an inspiration for her classroom’s social justice comic book project.

Engaging Students

As a teacher in San Diego’s only free private school for resource-challenged, first-generation college-bound students, I have the privilege of working at a school focused on social justice. Most of our students are English-language learners, and their parents have come to this country seeking a better life for their children. As a staff, we look for positive stories that teach about social change that comes through individual responsibility and action.  The book Todos Iguales/All Equal: Un Corrido de Lemon Grove/A Ballad of Lemon Grove by Christy Hale, uses corridos, ballads of social justice, to tell the story of the Lemon Grove Incident. In Todos Iguales/All Equal, Mexican-American parents successfully challenged the Lemon Grove school district’s policy of segregating Mexican-American from white children in 1930. It is a powerful story not only because students’ families around our nation continue to face discrimination today, but because parents stood up for their children’s rights against a powerful system and won. Continue reading

Descubriendo la Lectura Bebop Books Collection for Your Classroom Library

Reading Recovery Library

Descubriendo la Lectura, the reconstruction of Reading Recovery® in Spanish, has released levels for its newest title additions!

Lee & Low Books is proud to be the nation’s largest publisher of multicultural children’s books. With the launch of our new Descubriendo la Lectura Bebop Books collection, schools across the country will now be able to bring more equity, inclusion, and diversity into their classroom libraries.

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Where Is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2019 Diversity Baseline Survey Results

The Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS 2.0) was created by Lee & Low Books with co-authors Laura M. Jiménez, PhD, Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and Betsy Beckert, graduate student in the Language and Literacy Department of Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

Lee & Low Books released the first Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS 1.0) in 2015. Before the DBS, people suspected publishing had a diversity problem, but without hard numbers, the extent of that problem was anyone’s guess. Our goal was to survey publishing houses and review journals regarding the racial, gender, sexual orientation, and ability makeup of their employees; establish concrete statistics about the diversity of the publishing workforce; and then build on this information by reissuing the survey every four years. Through these long-term efforts, we would be able to track what progress our industry shows over time in improving representation and inclusion. Continue reading

Exploring Children's Books Through the Lens of Diversity