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the open book is the blog of lee & low books, an independent childrens publishing company focusing on diversity. we discuss publishing, books, schools and libraries, race and gender, and more.
Meet Lee & Low Books At NCTE 2023!
2023-11-13 21:09
The National Council for the Teachers of English Annual Convention  will take place in Columbus, OH from November 16–19, and we can’t wait to connect with everyone who… Read More
New Release: Empty And Me
2023-10-03 15:06
Today, we are delighted to celebrate the release of Empty and Me: A Tale of Friendship and Loss by Azam Mahdavi, illustrated by Maryam Tahmasebi, and translated by Parisa Saranj! I… Read More
Banned Books Resources
2023-09-28 21:29
This year’s Banned Books Week takes place from October 1–7, 2023! Let Freedom Read Day is happening on the last day of Banned Books Week. For that day (and for every day aft… Read More
New Release: The Longest Night In Egypt
2023-09-26 14:39
Today, we are delighted to celebrate the release of The Longest Night in Egypt by David Anthony Durham! The Shadow Prince saga continues as Ash and his heroic friends rush to save… Read More
2023-08-24 15:00
It’s that time of the year again! September is around the corner and the summer season is winding down. Help kick the year off to a great start with our Back-to-School suggestions from… Read More
Support Latine/Hispanic Heritage Month
2023-08-23 13:47
Latine/Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15. We have many ways to support Latine creators, including exciting new titles, an array of books now available in Spanish… Read More
2023-07-25 17:39
Today, we are delighted to celebrate the release of Fresh Juice and the Spanish edition Jugo fresco by Robert Liu-Trujillo! What makes a great juice that keeps everyone healthy? Ar… Read More
2023-07-19 14:28
High-quality Asian American and Pacific Islander Books (AAPI) help build and affirm a child’s identity and culture. Lee & Low Books is proud to be a 100% Asian American-owned c… Read More
Meet Lee & Low At ALA 2023
2023-06-13 18:30
We can’t wait to see you at the American Library Association Annual Conference next week in Chicago, IL at McCormick Place! Visit us at Booth #3322 for giveaways & signings… Read More
Books For AAPI Heritage Month
2023-04-27 16:56
As we enter Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we want to honor and celebrate AAPI creators and stories both new and old. Read books by AAPI authors and illustrators, uplift… Read More
Books And Resources For Earth Day
2023-04-20 13:43
Earth Day is April 22, and we are preparing by reading and taking action in our communities and beyond. Read some books to learn about our planet, then go to to see how you can… Read More
2023 Diverse Summer Reading List
2023-04-10 14:53
Summer will be here before we know it, and we are excited to present our NEW Diverse Summer Reading List to keep kids excited about reading over the break. Our list includes fiction and… Read More
Meet Lee & Low Books At TLA 2023!
2023-04-05 19:39
We can’t wait to see y’all at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin! We hope you’ll stop by the Publishers Spotlight Booth #2034 to check… Read More
Books And Resources For Poetry Month
2023-04-04 18:12
April is National Poetry Month, and we’re here to help you fill it with beautiful books! These books are great to read aloud, and will inspire readers to put pen to paper. Most importa… Read More
9 Books For Disability Awareness Month
2023-03-27 16:31
In honor of Disability Awareness Month, here’s a roundup of books to share with readers, representing the rich lives of disabled people in sports, the arts, and beyond. Coming 6… Read More
2023-03-21 16:54
Today, we are delighted to celebrate the release of I Can Be . . . Me! by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Maya Gonzalez. In this lighthearted story, a group of six, colorfully… Read More
New Release: Speculation By Nisi Shawl
2023-02-14 15:32
Today, we are delighted to celebrate the release of Speculation by Nisi Shawl, a wonderful middle-grade fantasy debut about Black families, family history, family curses … and a reall… Read More
Meet Lee & Low Books At NCTE 2022!
2022-11-10 18:11
The National Council for the Teachers of English Annual Convention and the ALAN Workshop are next week, and we’re so excited to meet everyone! The conference will take place… Read More
9 Books To Encourage Civic Engagement
2022-11-02 15:19
Election day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Do you have a plan to vote? Are you sharing information about the election process and citizenship with young readers in your life? One great… Read More
New Release: Echoes Of Grace
2022-08-16 14:21
Happy release day to Echoes of Grace by Guadalupe García McCall! Echoes of Grace is an elaborately woven gothic mystery set in modern-day South Texas in which a family tragedy and the… Read More
New Spanish Releases Of 2022
2022-07-28 16:19
¡Agregue estos títulos en español y bilingües que vienen de Lee & Low Books en 2022 a su estantería! Estos títulos han sido traducidos, adaptad… Read More
Planting Trees With The Green Belt Movement
2022-07-18 14:40
Jen Cullerton Johnson, author of Seeds of Change and The Story of Environmentalist Wangari Maathai, is visiting Kenya to explore the legacy of Wangari Maathai. Along with a group of educato… Read More

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