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Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children's book publisher in the United States. We are your diversity source.

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New Release: If I Were a Tree

Today we’re excited to release If I Were a Tree! Two siblings journey into the woods in a tender story of branching out and new growth from acclaimed writer Andrea Zimmerman and New York Times…

 

The Importance of Black Joy in Children’s Books: A Conversation with Kelly J. Baptist and Darnell Johnson

A few years ago, conversations surrounding the importance of joyful books that feature Black characters finally started to pick up steam. Though BIPOC readers, specifically Black readers, have…

 

Writing Poetry in the Classroom: A Lesson With Author Mark Karlins

Kiyoshi's Walk coverIn this guest post, author and poet Mark Karlins shares how his latest title, Kiyoshi’s Walk, can be used to engage students (and anyone!) to write poetry in the classroom and at home. Mark Karlins…

 

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Awards & Honors

Sharuko: El arqueólogo peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello received the Pura Belpré Award Illustrator Honor from the American Library Association (ALA)!

The Electric Slide and Kai received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews!

She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm is a NAACP Image Award Nominee!

Kiyoshi's Walk received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews!

Sharuko: El arqueólogo peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello received three starred reviews from The Horn Book, Booklist, and School Library Journal!

Dream Builder and The Lion Queens of India were named Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Titles from the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). 

Nacho's Nachos and She Was the First! were named Best Books of 2020 from Kirkus Reviews!

Julieta and the Diamond EnigmaNacho's Nachos and Sharuko: El arqueólogo peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello were named Best Books of 2020 from the New York Public Library!

Butterfly for a King received a starred review from Booklist!

About Us

LEE & LOW BOOKS is the largest multicultural children's book publisher in the country. We are also one of the few minority-owned publishing companies in the United States.

Founded in 1991, we have always been family-owned and independent, which means we publish what we want and aren't afraid to take risks. Our books have won major awards including the Coretta Scott King Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the NAACP Image Award, and many more.

LEE & LOW BOOKS is committed to publishing diverse books that are about everyone, for everyone. We are dedicated to cultural authenticity, and we make a special effort to work with new authors and illustrators of color.

We publish multicultural children's books for every age, including leveled books for beginning readers, picture books, early chapter books, middle grade, and young adult books. We also publish a wide selection of bilingual and Spanish language books.

Visit our testimonials page to see some of the people and organizations who support our work!