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Cover Reveal: Black Was the Ink by Michelle Coles

Today we’re so excited to reveal the cover for our upcoming young adult novel, Black Was the Ink by Michelle Coles with illustrations by Justin Johnson, coming September 2021 In Black Was the Ink,…

 

Lee & Low Books is an Official MWBE Vendor for My Brother’s Keeper

Lee & Low Books is proud to be an official vendor of My Brother’s Keeper and one of the only Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) certified publishers of multicultural children’s books…

 

Encouraging Literacy in the Youngest Readers with I’ll Build You a Bookcase

Slider Image of all four bilingual editions of I'll Build You a Bookcase to the left of image of people of diverse backgrounds in a park surrounding two bookshelves Last year, we were thrilled to announce our collaboration with William Penn Foundation and OpenIDEO on the Early Childhood Book Challenge. The winning story, I’ll Build You a Bookcase, releases…

 

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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!