Civics and civic engagement are crucial to education and the preservation of our democracy. The key concepts of understanding how government works, engaging in and appreciating discourse and different beliefs, learning about the voting process, and working with the community are critical to students’ academic success and wellbeing. The state of civics education is in great need: students need to learn about all aspects of civics to be effective members of society.
In order to showcase our extensive collection of civics titles, Lee & Low Books is proud to announce the launch of our new Diversity in Civics Book List. The list is organized by the following categories: leadership, youth and community activism, productive and respectful debate and conversations, initiating awareness and change, principles of governments; global citizenship; and America past & present to fit all of your civics curricular needs.Continue reading
June is Pride month, and this year we are not only celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, we are standing up and speaking out against hate. According to a report from the American Library Association, the number of demands to ban or restrict library materials nearly doubled in 2022. Of the 2,571 unique titles targeted for censorships, the majority were written by or about members of the LGBTQIA+ community and people of color. This cannot go ignored. This Pride month, support the LGBTQIA+ community with your voices and with your dollars.Continue reading
Four years ago, Lee & Low Books released the second Diversity Baseline Survey (DBS 2.0) to measure inclusive hiring among the publishing industry’s workforce, looking specifically at race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. 21,753 publishing employees took the survey in 2019 — that’s 2,609 review journal workers, 17,100 trade publishing staffers, 1,528 university press employees, and 516 literary agents. The results of the DBS 2.0 inspired many conversations and initiatives to help build a more inclusive book industry.
It is survey time once again. This is an OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION to trade, educational, and university publishing houses, review journals, and literary agencies of all sizes. Will your company participate in 2023? Please send your confirmation to participate by Friday, May 19, 2023.Continue reading
As we enter Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we want to honor and celebrate AAPI creators and stories both new and old. Read books by AAPI authors and illustrators, uplift AAPI voices, and support AAPI activists and organizers all year round. Check out the book pages on our website to download teacher’s guides!
Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narváez Varela is the young adult choice for this year’s Global Read Aloud. Join classrooms across the globe as they delve into this thought-provoking novel in verse this fall. Read on to learn more about the book, hear from Alessandra, and download the Teacher’s Guide. Keep an eye out for more as #GRA23 approaches!Continue reading
Summer will be here before we know it, and we are excited to present our NEW Diverse Summer Reading List to keep kids excited about reading over the break. Our list includes fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, there’s a book for every reader! Check out our recommendations below, then download the entire list.Continue reading