Lee & Low Books Statement on Racial Injustice

At this difficult and painful moment for our country, Lee & Low Books condemns the ongoing state-sanctioned violence towards Black people across the nation. We are in solidarity with Black communities and everyone working to protect Black lives. Continue reading

Watch the Panel: Educational Resources to Elevate Student Voice & Identity

Join us virtually for this wonderful panel conversation, hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Equity & Inclusion Fellows and recorded on May 14, 2020. Lee & Low Educational Sales Manager Verónica Labarca and Kimm Topping, Harvard GSE Ed.M. 2020, discuss equity issues in the children’s book publishing industry and educational resources to elevate student voice and identity:

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Interview: New Visions Award Winner Tracy Occomy Crowder

Recently, we announced that Tracy Occomy Crowder has won the seventh annual New Visions Award for her manuscript, Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key. In this blog post, we ask Tracy about her inspiration behind her winning manuscript and her writing experience.

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Lee & Low Books Announces 2020 New Visions Award Winner

After this week’s sad news about our co-founder, we are happy to be able to share some happy news to end the week!

Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, is thrilled to announce the results of its seventh annual New Visions Award for new authors of color. This year, Tracy Occomy Crowder has won the New Visions Award for her manuscript, Montgomery and the Case of the Golden Key.

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Remembering Our Co-Founder, Thomas Low

Tom Low headshot

With deep sadness, Lee & Low Books announces the passing of co-founder and CEO Tom Low. Tom passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family. His youngest son, Lee & Low president and co-owner Craig Low, confirmed the cause was cancer. An obituary can be found on Publishers Weekly.

Tom co-founded Lee & Low Books in 1991 with Philip Lee, after a successful career running his own temporary personnel agency. Both Tom and Philip were dismayed by the lack of multicultural literature for children, and felt strongly that there was a business opportunity for a publisher to address that gap. Continue reading

Tea Time Talk: Author/Illustrator Christy Hale and Editor-at-Large Louise May

Tea Time Talks

Time for our next Tea Time Talk! Brew yourself a cup of tea, settle down in your most comfortable chair, and join us for our Tea Time Talk with our authors and editors!

In these short, casual conversations, get a behind-the-scenes look at our publishing process as our Lee & Low editors share a (virtual) cup of tea with one of our authors. Hear them describe the initial inspiration and the development process, discuss questions that came up during the editing, and reflect on decisions they made.

For this Tea Time Talk, award-winning author/illustrator Christy Hale will be in conversation with Editor-at-Large Louise May about Christy’s book Todos iguales/All Equal.

Register here. You can join us live today at 2pm ET, or register for a link to watch the recording later!

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Submissions Now Open for Our New Voices and New Visions Award Writing Contests

New Voices and New Visions Award

Submissions for our twenty-first annual New Voices Award and our eighth annual New Visions Award are now open! Do you or someone you know write for young readers? Are you an author of color or Native author hoping to break in to the publishing industry for the first time? Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to have your work considered for publication by Lee & Low Books.

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Tea Time Talk: Author Kelly J. Baptist with Assistant Editor Kandace Coston

Tea Time Talks

Time for our next Tea Time Talk! Brew yourself a cup of tea, settle down in your most comfortable chair, and join us for our Tea Time Talk with our authors and editors!

In these short, casual conversations, get a behind-the-scenes look at our publishing process as our Lee & Low editors share a (virtual) cup of tea with one of our authors. Hear them describe the initial inspiration and the development process, discuss questions that came up during the editing, and reflect on decisions they made.

For this Tea Time Talk, New Voices Award Honor Kelly J. Baptist will be in conversation with assistant editor Kandace Coston as they discuss Kelly’s book The Electric Slide and Kai.

Register here. You can join us live today at 2pm ET, or register for a link to watch the recording later!

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Tea Time Talk: Author Traci Sorell with Publisher Stacy Whitman and Editor Elise McMullen-Ciotti

Tea Time Talks

Tea Time Talk is back! Brew yourself a cup of tea, settle down in your most comfortable chair, and join us for our second Tea Time Talk with our authors and editors!

In these short, casual conversations, get a behind-the-scenes look at our publishing process as our Lee & Low editors share a (virtual) cup of tea with one of our authors. Hear them describe the initial inspiration and the development process, discuss questions that came up during the editing, and reflect on decisions they made.

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Tea Time Talk: Author Hena Khan with Editorial Director Cheryl Klein

Tea Time Talks

Brew yourself a cup of tea, settle down in your most comfortable chair, and join us for our new series: Tea Time Talks!

In these short, casual conversations, get a behind-the-scenes look at our publishing process as one of Lee & Low’s editors shares a (virtual) cup of tea with one of our authors. Hear them describe the initial inspiration and the development process, discuss questions that came up during the editing, and reflect on decisions they made. Continue reading

Exploring Children's Books Through the Lens of Diversity