Our motto, “about everyone, for everyone,” is as urgent today as it was when we started publishing books in 1993. Despite the best efforts of LEE & LOW BOOKS and other publishers and imprints that focus on diversity, the proportion of books that feature racial and ethnic diversity has not increased. For nearly as long as we have been publishing, only about 10 percent of children’s books have contained diverse themes, even though 37 percent of the United States population are identified as people of color.
Even as we are expanding our definition of diversity to include all groups that are underrepresented in children’s books, we continue to be deeply committed to racial and ethnic diversity. As the largest children’s book publisher of diverse books in the US, LEE & LOW recognizes the importance of talking to children about race early and often, and to celebrating authors, illustrators, characters, and readers of diverse backgrounds.
The right book can foster empathy, dispel stereotypes, prompt
discussions about race and ethnicity, and inspire children to imagine
not only a world that includes them but also a world where they are the
heroes of their own stories. Our books serve as both mirrors and
windows, enabling children to see themselves, one another, and the
diversity of their world.
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Browse through our series of articles and resources on the right, follow the conversation on our blog, and don't miss our Diversity Gap Studies series.
Check out The Society of Children’s Books and Illustrators’ article about the development of diversity in children’s publishing and how those interested can contribute to its progress: “Diversity: What Can We Do About It?”