In 2013, LEE & LOW BOOKS acquired multicultural children’s book publisher Shen’s Books. Based in California, Shen’s Books published books emphasizing cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

The acquisition was an exciting milestone for LEE & LOW BOOKS. It brought many favorite titles from Shen’s Books under the LEE & LOW umbrella, including Cora Cooks Pancit, about a young girl cooking up a favorite Filipino dish with her mother, and the Cinderella Around the World series, which includes:

Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella

Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella

Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Tale from India

Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition

Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella

The Cinderella Around the World series uniquely tells the Cinderella story from a variety of different cultural perspectives.

Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments was the first book published by Shen’s Books as an imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS. The book received a warm welcome, earning a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

“I am thrilled that our titles will be joining the amazing catalog of books at LEE & LOW,” said Renee Ting, former president and publisher of Shen’s Books. “There is no better publisher I can think of to carry on the values and spirit of Shen’s Books and advance the cause of diversity in children’s publishing.”

The Shen’s Books imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS includes both backlist Shen’s titles and new books with a focus on Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Island cultures.

Selected Shen's Books Products Now Available

Land of Morning Calm

John Stickler


Myrna Paz

The Turtle Ship

Helena Ku Rhee

Anklet for a Princess

Meredith Brucker

Summoning the Phoenix

Emily Jiang

Selvakumar Knew Better

Virginia Kroll


Dr. Jewell Coburn


Dr. Jewell Coburn

Grandfather's Story Cloth

Linda Gerdner


Dr. Jewell Coburn

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