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LEE & LOW BOOKS is dedicated to providing educators with books that address the experiences of people of all backgrounds, but especially children of color

Discussions on Race

"A single book can be a mirror for some readers and a window for others"
—Rudine Sims Bishop, Ginny Moore Kruse*

LEE & LOW BOOKS is dedicated to providing educators with books that address the experiences of people of all backgrounds, but especially children of color—who now make up more than half of the school population. Our multicultural books let children see the diversity of the world, while inspiring them to have open discussions about race off the page. Being aware of issues of race is learned by example and frank, honest talks with your children can lead to a world where cultures are accepted, differences are celebrated, and racial intolerance is a thing of the past.

Writing Cross-Culturally

The quick reference quide to the conversation led on Twitter by Tu Books Editorial Director Stacy Whitman and Tankborn author Karen Sandler about writing cross-culturally.

A Dream Conferred: Seven Ways to Explore Race in the Classroom

A helpful article writen by Jerry Michel, a Principal at Willard School-Evanston/Skokie District 65 in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, with specific advice on productively talking about race in schools.

Talking to Kids About Race

A very useful article reprinted with permission from PARENTS magazine.

Post-Racial Era—Not!

Publisher Jason Low writes on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates at his home in Cambridge, Massachussets, and how the situation—and the reactions to it— reveal the state of race relations in the United States.

How Diversity Helps Literacy

Statistics show that as the United States population becomes increasingly diverse, the need for multicultural books that reflect this diversity becomes more urgent in fostering and sustaining literacy.

Multicultural Children's Literature in the Elementary Classroom

By Mei-Yu Lu
Mei-Yu Lu shares her research showing why and how multicultural books enrich the lives of children.

Beyond Good Intention: Selecting Multicultural Literature

By Joy Shioshita
Joy Shioshita shares practical guidelines for selecting the best multicultural books for your classroom or library.

The Importance of Multicultural Children's Books

The Anti-Defamation League
Good multicultural books will challenge stereotypes and promote a realistic glimpse into the lives of diverse groups of people.

*About the Quote: This quote seems to have originated in the late 1980s from either Rudine Sims Bishop or Ginny Moore Kruse. Neither of them remembers the exact date or situation of its first use, so we cite both of them.

For FREE Active Learner Classroom Guides visit our Teacher's Section.

Teach @ Home? Visit our Homeschooling section.

Helpful resources can also be found at our Administrators section.

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