Social Justice Resources


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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Upcoming Webinar: Wonder, Knowledge, and Joy in Early Literacy Webinar

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, August 28th, 2024 at 3:00 PM ET with Dr. Barbara Flores, professor, expert bilingual educator, and creator of the groundbreaking Bebop Más Piñata Series.


10 Books in Spanish Soaring Onto Shelves

Stock your shelves and summer reading lists with these 10 books in Spanish, available now or soaring onto shelves near you soon Continue reading


Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® Launches Read Aloud Campaign to Protect the Freedom to Read

Brightly colored stripes behind the words "60 for 60 Read Aloud Campaign Protect the Freedom to Read" with kids of many races holding up books and the Freedom Schools logo
At Lee and Low, we are thrilled to support the efforts of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools as they commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project


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