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Children’s Book Press was the first independent press in the United States to focus on publishing children’s literature by and about people of color. Starting in 1975, Children’s Book Press promoted shared experiences of cultures that have been historically underrepresented or misrepresented in literature for children.
The list of notable titles published by CBP is extensive. Award winners include I see the rhythm (Coretta Scott Award Illustrator Award), A Place Where Sunflowers Grow (Jane Addams Children’s Book Award), A Movie in My Pillow/Una película en mi almohada (Américas Book Award), and several Pura Belpré Award Honor winners: Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems/Iguanas en la nieve y otros poemas de invierno, Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia, The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos, From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano.
“Over the course of many years directing Children’s Book Press, I was very happy to witness the flowering of Lee & Low as a major independent publisher of multicultural books for all our children. Quite simply, Lee & Low does innovative, courageous work. My heart rests easy in the knowledge that the legacy of Children’s Book Press will live on with Lee & Low.” —Harriet Rohmer, Founder, Children’s Book Press
In 2012, Children’s Book Press became an imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS. The imprint continues to publish picture books featuring a wide range of diverse cultures, with an emphasis on bilingual English/Spanish titles. High-quality bilingual books help build a solid foundation to achieve literacy in any language while affirming and validating a child’s identity, culture, and home language. Through the CBP imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, Children’s Book Press’s important mission to promote bilingualism, literacy, and education lives on.
Testimonials supporting the acquisition of Children's Book Press as an imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS.
When Harriet Rohmer founded Children's Book Press in 1975 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, she established the country’s first publisher to focus exclusively on quality multicultural and bilingual literature for children.
Selected Children's Book Press Products Now Available
Finding the Music
The Upside Down Boy / El niño de cabeza
Honoring Our Ancestors
Nine-In-One, Grr! Grr!
Water Rolls, Water Rises
Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol
Maya Christina Gonzalez
Calling the Doves / El canto de las palomas
Two Mrs. Gibsons