Social Justice Resources

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Social justice and a focus on social activism have become an essential component of many classrooms, schools, and curricula. For three decades, Lee & Low Books has been a leader in the movement for more diversity: in books, behind the scenes, in classrooms and libraries, and beyond.

Anti-Racism Diverse Reading List

Are you looking to add anti-racist books to your library but don't know where to start? Have you been thinking about how to have meaningful conversations with young people about race, but lack confidence in how to begin? The books in this collection will help you take the first steps or continue the critical discussions about anti-racism work relevant to your setting.

Anti-Racism Diverse Reading List | Watch the Webinar

Social Activism Diverse Reading List

Read-alouds are wonderful ways to model proactive behaviors through determined characters and their respective cause(s). The mentor texts provided in the Social Activism list can inspire students to address an issue that they are passionate about, whether it’s a similar cause presented in the text or another cause that’s relevant to their own lives.

Social Activism Diverse Reading List | Watch the Webinar

Lee & Low Diversity Baseline Survey

The Diversity Baseline Survey looks at four markers of diversity within the book publishing industry: racial diversity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. Why does diversity in publishing matter? The book industry has the power to shape culture in big and small ways. The people behind the books serve as gatekeepers, who can make a huge difference in determining which stories are amplified and which are shut out. If the people who work in publishing are not a diverse group, how can diverse voices truly be represented in its books?

Diversity Baseline Survey 2019 Results | Diversity Baseline Survey Educator Resources + Discussion Guide

Black Lives Matter Activity Book, Webinar, and Resources

Black Lives Matter is one of the most important social justice movements of our time, but it can be daunting to teach in the classroom. In our recorded conversation with four experts, we explore tools to help facilitate learning around the Black Lives Matter Movement and its principles. Laleña Garcia and Caryn Davidson, author and illustrator of What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book join Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones, co-authors of Black Lives Matter at School, as they share their expertise on teaching Black Lives Matter in the classroom as well as provide an in-depth look into their books.

What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book | Resource and Activity GuideWatch the webinar



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Sneak Peek: Lee & Low’s Spring-Summer 2023

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First page of Spring & Summer 2023 frontlist title catalog
2023 Frontlist Catalog
2023 is well underway, and we are excited to kick off another publishing year full of books for everyone, about everyone! Whether it’s a picture book about children’s…

 

TWO LEE & LOW BOOKS TAKE HOME PURA BELPRÉ AWARDS AT THE 2023 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS

New York, NY (January 31, 2023) — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the following Pura Belpré awards for two titles published by LEE & LOW BOOKS INC.: Where Wonder Grows

 

10 Books by Black Authors for Black History Month 2023

10 Books for Black History Month covers shown in two rows. Top row (left to right): The Electric Slide and Kai, Magic Like That, The Shadow Prince, Snitchers, Black Was the Ink
Bottom row (left to right): Marvelous Mabel, Stacey Abrams, How We Can Live, Speculation, That Summer Night on Frenchmen Street
Lee & Low is proud to publish Black authors and illustrators all year long. As Black History Month approaches, remember to center stories by Black creators in your discussions. Here are some of…

 

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