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LEE & LOW BOOKS was founded in 1991 and published its first list in spring 1993. One of the books on our debut list was Baseball Saved Us, which to this day is our bestselling backlist title. The first-ever picture book about Japanese internment camps, Baseball Saved Us helped define us as a risk taker when it comes to subject matter, and set the standard for many of the books we have published since then.

Over the years, LEE & LOW has earned a reputation for high-quality and groundbreaking books for young readers, with many of our titles winning major awards and honors. Here is an abbreviated list:

Coretta Scott King Award
In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall (Illustrator Award Winner)
Seeds of Change (John Steptoe Award for Illustrator)
Yummy (Author Award Honor)

Pura Belpré Award
Gracias · Thanks (Illustrator Award Honor)
The Pot That Juan Built (Illustrator Award Honor)
Under the Mesquite (Author Award Winner)

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Bein’ With You This Way (Honor)
Passage to Freedom (Honor)
Poems to Dream Together/Poemas Para Soñar Juntos (Honor)

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
Elizabeti’s Doll (Winner)
It Jes’ Happened (Honor)

Texas Bluebonnet Award, Masterlist
Amazing Faces
Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds
Surfer of the Century

See Awards & Honors for a more comprehensive list.

LEE & LOW BOOKS has also received praise from a broad range of media outlets, such as The New York Times, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, CBS This Morning, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, and The Horn Book. See In The Press for more.

Lee & Low Books is proud to work with organizations such as FirstBook, Teaching Tolerance, Reading is Fundamental, We Need Diverse Books, and the National Education Association. Our supporters include librarians, educators, booksellers, and bloggers. See our Testimonials from Partners and Supporters for more.

Publishing books that resonate with the children who read them is something we never take for granted. It is what inspires us to keep publishing books about everyone and for everyone. To learn more about LEE & LOW visit our About Us page.

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What We Believe

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A Space for Me

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Kiyoshi's Walk

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Butterfly for a King

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The Lion Queens of India

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