The Dandiest Life: Hear Our Voices Author Interview with David Anthony Durham
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Shaughnessy Miller
1M ago
This Q&A with author David Anthony Durham and Owner & CEO of The Dandiest Life, LLC Elizabeth Mobley originally appeared on The Dandiest Life Blog. David’s second novel The Longest Night in Egypt is available wherever books are sold! David Anthony Durham was born in New York to a Caribbean family and raised up on the mid-Atlantic coast. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, and teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program and the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of seven books for grown-ups. Elizabeth Anne Greer (Mobley), affectionately ..read more
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NEW RESOURCE: AAPI Book List
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Katie Potter
1y ago
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 company, and we commit to publishing books by AAPI creators that illuminate America’s history of Asian American discrimination alongside books that celebrate AAPI contributions. Our new AAPI Book List is digitally interactive, printable, and features some of our most popular award-winning AAPI titles for grades Pre-K through 12. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite titles from the list below. You can find all of t ..read more
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New Release: Speculation by Nisi Shawl
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Shaughnessy Miller
1y ago
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 really marvelous pair of spectacles! After Winna’s little sister breaks her glasses, her grandfather gives her an old-timey pair of spectacles that belonged to her great-aunt Estelle. The specs are silver and perfectly circular, with tiny stars on the bridge and earpieces that curl all the way around her ears. Best of all, they’re magic. Praise for Speculation: “Shawl imaginatively winds suspense, humor, and los ..read more
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9 Books to Encourage Civic Engagement
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Shaughnessy Miller
1y ago
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 way to discuss the importance of civic engagement is through books! Through books, readers can meet real-life activists like Stacey Abrams and Harvey Milk, as well as imagined characters such as Nibi, a young Indigenous water activist, or Aaliyah, a young Muslim girl fighting back against Islamophobia—all of which will inspire the next generation of voters! Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice By Sarah Warren Illus ..read more
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New Releases: Fight Back and Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Shaughnessy Miller
1y ago
Today, we are celebrating two exciting book releases: Fight Back by A. M. Dassu and Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, illustrated by Magdalena Mora! Fight Back by A. M. Dassu Amina’s Voice meets A Good Kind of Trouble in this story about 13-year-old Aaliyah, who feels alone after putting on a hijab for the first time, but finds friends and allies through organizing a protest at her school. More about the book: Thirteen-year-old Aaliyah can’t wait for a concert by her favorite K-pop boy band, 3W. She isn’t too concerned with stories on the news about the rise of ..read more
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New Releases: That Summer Night on Frenchmen Street and Blessing’s Bead
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by Jennifer Khawam
2y ago
We’re thrilled to be releasing two amazing books today — That Summer Night on Frenchmen Street by Chris Clarkson, and Blessing’s Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson! That Summer Night on Frenchmen Street Set in magical New Orleans, two teens from vastly different worlds discover that sharing their strengths, including the love of their friends and family, may just be the path to finding wholeness within themselves. More about the book: Being there for her family is the most important thing to Jessamine Monet. And her family is complicated. Her twin brother Joel has a secret boyfriend, and her transg ..read more
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Lee & Low’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Jennifer Khawam
2y ago
We’re so excited to present our holiday gift guide for this year! If you are in the position to give gifts this year, this list has everything you could possibly be looking for. By supporting diverse books, independent publishers and local booksellers, you’re helping to champion equity and inclusion while putting a smile on young readers’ faces! Without further ado, here is Lee & Low’s holiday gift guide for 2021: Picture Books Nibi’s Water Song by Sunshine Tenasco, illus. by Chief Lady Bird: This bright and vivacious book from two Indigenous creators celebrates the energy, moxie, and de ..read more
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An Interview with A.M. Dassu, author of Boy, Everywhere
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Jalissa
3y ago
Today is the release day for Boy, Everywhere by debut author A. M. Dassu! In this powerful middle-grade debut, Sami and his family embark on a harrowing journey to save themselves from the Syrian civil war. Watch author A. M. Dassu talk about why she wrote Boy, Everywhere. And read on to learn more about what moved Dassu to write this story, her experience and work with refugees, and the feedback she’s received from Syrian readers. Tell us about your work with Syrian refugees. A. M. Dassu: I have been fundraising for charities for almost a decade, and charity workers conne ..read more
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Cover Reveal: The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham
Lee & Low Books » Middle Grade
by Jalissa
3y ago
Five deadly tests. Only One Shadow Prince.  Today we’re so excited to reveal the cover for our upcoming middle grade novel, The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham, coming September 2021! Growing up as an orphan in a remote village in the Egyptian desert, Ash’s life is pretty ordinary–sort of. He spends most of his time working in irrigation canals and avoiding bullies, but he is also being secretly trained by his mentor Yazen “for some great purpose.” Yazen has never said what that is, until now: the night before Ash’s twelfth birthday. According to Yazen, Ash was born on the ..read more
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Cover Reveal: JULIETA AND THE DIAMOND ENIGMA
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by Jalissa
3y ago
A cursed diamond. A thief on the run. And one very busy young detective! Today we’re so excited to reveal the cover for our upcoming middle grade novel, Julieta and the Diamond Enigma, by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz! A New Visions Award winner, this title will be out this May! Nine-year-old Julieta is FINALLY about to put a purple pin in her family’s world traveling map! She’s off to Paris to help her art-handler dad collect pieces for a new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Sadly, they must leave Julieta’s very pregnant mother behind, but they’re sure they’ll be back before the baby i ..read more
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