Today, we are delighted to celebrate the release of Speculation by Nisi Shawl, a wonderful middle-grade fantasy debut about Black families, family history, family curses … and a really marvelous pair of spectacles!Continue reading
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9 Books to Encourage Civic Engagement
Election day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Do you have a plan to vote? Are you sharing information about the election process and citizenship with young readers in your life? One great way to discuss the importance of civic engagement is through books! Through books, readers can meet real-life activists like Stacey Abrams and Harvey Milk, as well as imagined characters such as Nibi, a young Indigenous water activist, or Aaliyah, a young Muslim girl fighting back against Islamophobia—all of which will inspire the next generation of voters!Continue reading
New Releases: Fight Back and Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando
Today, we are celebrating two exciting book releases: Fight Back by A. M. Dassu and Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, illustrated by Magdalena Mora!Continue reading
New Releases: That Summer Night on Frenchmen Street and Blessing’s Bead
We’re thrilled to be releasing two amazing books today — That Summer Night on Frenchmen Street by Chris Clarkson, and Blessing’s Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson!Continue reading
Lee & Low’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
We’re so excited to present our holiday gift guide for this year! If you are in the position to give gifts this year, this list has everything you could possibly be looking for.
By supporting diverse books, independent publishers and local booksellers, you’re helping to champion equity and inclusion while putting a smile on young readers’ faces!
Without further ado, here is Lee & Low’s holiday gift guide for 2021:
An Interview with A.M. Dassu, author of Boy, Everywhere
Today is the release day for Boy, Everywhere by debut author A. M. Dassu! In this powerful middle-grade debut, Sami and his family embark on a harrowing journey to save themselves from the Syrian civil war.
Watch author A. M. Dassu talk about why she wrote Boy, Everywhere. And read on to learn more about what moved Dassu to write this story, her experience and work with refugees, and the feedback she’s received from Syrian readers.
Cover Reveal: The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham
Five deadly tests. Only One Shadow Prince.
Today we’re so excited to reveal the cover for our upcoming middle grade novel, The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham, coming September 2021!
Cover Reveal: JULIETA AND THE DIAMOND ENIGMA
A cursed diamond. A thief on the run. And one very busy young detective!
Today we’re so excited to reveal the cover for our upcoming middle grade novel, Julieta and the Diamond Enigma, by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz! A New Visions Award winner, this title will be out this May!
Upcoming Book Release: Stone River Crossing by Award-Winning Author Tim Tingle
The award-winning picture book Crossing Bok Chitto captured the strength, bravery, and heart of the Choctaw Nation as they helped enslaved people find their way to freedom. Set to be released at the end of this month, Stone River Crossing (Tu Books) by acclaimed Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle, is the new middle grade expansion that illuminates a snapshot of Native and African American history, reminding readers that the strongest bridge between cultures is friendship.
Martha Tom knows better than to cross the Bok Chitto River to pick blackberries. The Bok Chitto is the only border between her town in the Choctaw Nation and the slave-owning plantation in Mississippi territory. The slave owners could catch her, too. What was she thinking? But crossing the river brings a surprise friendship with Lil Mo, a boy who is enslaved on the other side. When Lil Mo discovers that his mother is about to be sold and the rest of his family left behind. But Martha Tom has the answer: cross the Bok Chitto and become free.
Crossing to freedom with his family seems impossible with slave catchers roaming, but then there is a miracle—a magical night where things become unseen and souls walk on water. By morning, Lil Mo discovers he has entered a completely new world of tradition, community, and . . . a little magic. But as Lil Mo’s family adjusts to their new life, danger waits just around the corner.
Announcing the Winner of Our New Visions Writing Contest
Tu Books, the middle grade and young adult imprint of respected multicultural children’s publisher LEE & LOW BOOKS, is thrilled to announce that author Supriya Kelkar has won its third annual New Visions Award for her middle grade historical fiction novel, Ahimsa.
The award honors a middle grade or young adult novel for young readers by an author of color who has not previously published a novel for that age group. It was established to encourage new talent and to offer authors of color a chance to break into a tough and predominantly white market. Continue reading