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.

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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.

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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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Centering Muslim Voices: A Guest Post by Aamna Qureshi

This post by Aamna Qureshi originally appeared on SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox. When a Brown Girl Flees is available now wherever books are sold Continue reading

 

Celebrating MENASA Stories in the Classroom: An Interview with Sarina Marzbani, Founder of Read and Write to Unite

In this article, we interview Sarina Marzbani, founder of Read and Write to Unite, about championing children’s literature centering Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) Continue

 

The Dandiest Life: Hear Our Voices Author Interview with Tracy Occomy Crowder

Illustration of with the Chicago skyline and lake with the Tu Books logo, book title, and Kirkus Reviews quote: "An engaging novel drawing strength from its rich narrative voice and celebrating Black historical luminaries."
This Q&A with author Tracy Occomy Crowder and Owner & CEO of The Dandiest Life, LLC Elizabeth Mobley originally appeared on The Dandiest Life Blog. Tracy’s debut middle grade novel Montgomery…

 

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