Tag Archives: literacy

Guide to Reading at Home with Children 

Books have the power to initiate meaningful conversations between adults and young people. Our Guide to Reading at Home with Children/Guía de Lee & Low Books para leer en casa en familia was created to help caregivers learn how to read aloud with children at home, build excitement before reading, improve comprehension, and create discussion.

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TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK GIVEAWAY: Enter Today!

Asset with the words "Teacher Appreciation Giveaway" (repeated four times) large over a light background with books, as well as "Enter by May 12 for a chance to win a Bebop Books library of 700+ books!" and the covers of Juicy Peach, Everybody Wears Braids, Laundry Day, and the Bebop Books logo.

We see all you hard-working educators out there.

THANK YOU for everything you do to instill a love of learning and reading in young people.

In anticipation and celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving away a library of 700+ paperbacks from our exclusive Bebop Books imprint.

Bebop Books are delightful, child-centered stories that support literacy learning. Appealing texts and pictures by outstanding authors and illustrators from diverse backgrounds engage children as they begin their journeys to becoming successful, independent readers.

Six (6) lucky winners will be randomly selected. The giveaway is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. Limit one (1) entry per person.

See Official Rules for complete details.

Lexile® Levels for Grades K-5

With our newly updated Lexile® levels for our grades K-5 titles, schools across the country will now be able to bring more equity, inclusion and diversity into their classroom libraries. Our team will work with you to ensure your students have access to authentic, culturally responsive, and contemporary books at the Lexile® levels they need.

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Lexile® Levels for Older Readers in Middle and High School

With our newly updated Lexile® levels for our middle and high school titles, schools across the country will now be able to bring more equity, inclusion and diversity into their classroom libraries. Our team will work with you to ensure your students have access to authentic, culturally responsive, and contemporary books at the Lexile® levels they need.

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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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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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NEW RESOURCE: Summer of the Mariposas Reading Journal

By: Michelle Fuentes, Literacy Specialist at Lee & Low Books

The Lee & Low Books literacy team is thrilled to share the Summer of the Mariposas Reading Journal, a new and exclusive tool for educators created in honor of the 10th anniversary of Summer of the Mariposas (also available in Spanish as El verano de las mariposas). This journal was made by educators for educators and in collaboration with bestselling and award-winning author, Guadalupe García McCall. The journal is designed to be flexible and adaptable for all teaching needs, with a special emphasis on student creativity.

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Word in Black Articles: Why Resources for Black Students and Black Books Matter

Senior Literacy Manager Katie Potter weighs in on how we can meet the needs of Black students and the importance of Black books in these two articles from Word in Black. Word in Black is a groundbreaking collaboration of the nation’s leading Black news publishers, and they strive to be the most trusted news and information source for, about, and by Black people. Discover excerpts of the articles below and click the links to read more!

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NEW RESOURCE: A Toolkit for Building a Diverse SEL Library

How do we select the right book to teach SEL skills, competencies, and values that will guide our students through academic, social, and emotional development and challenges? While no one text can or should do it all, how can we be strategic in building a collection of books and read-alouds that explore your school’s SEL framework?  

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3 Ways to Teach Writing with Bebop Books

Teaching writing to young students who have not yet mastered reading can feel challenging, if not downright overwhelming. However, lots of research recommends encouraging students to write as early as possible.

How can we inspire our youngest learners to write creatively without frustration and within the boundaries of their current abilities?

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