It all started many ago when I sent a manuscript to a small start-up publisher in New York City. The publisher was Lee & Low Books, a publisher focused on producing high quality multicultural picture books. The manuscript I sent them was Bein' With You This Way, now one of my all-time best-selling stories. I continue to work with Lee & Low Books because of their high standards and continued commitment to bringing multicultural literature to young readers.
Bein' With You This Way
Illustrated by Michael Bryant, Bein' With You This Wayreceived a Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award, a "Best Book" Award from Child Magazine, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Hornor Award. It was also an American Bookseller's Pick-of-the-List, a Scholastic Book Book Club selection, and was featured in PBS Families Magazine and on CBS This Morning.
America: My Land, Your Land, Our Land
Lee & Low released America: My Land, Your Land, Our Land
in 1997. This terse, poetic poem addresses the polarities found in our
country (i.e., wet land/dry land, rich land/poor land, young land/old
land, etc.). The unique aspect of this book is the fact that each
double-spread is illustrated by a different artist, fourteen of them in
In 2001, Lee & Low released a board book version of the America title, called America: A Book of Opposites. The book is dual language, featuring English and Spanish text. The format is smaller than the original, but a great book for families with young children who wish to expose their children to new languages.
Can You Top That?
My next Lee & Low title is called Can You Top That? Along with Beiní With You This Way and Shake Dem Halloween Bones, Can You Top That?
is one of my favorite books to read to children. A counting book in
structure, things quickly get out of control when neighborhood kids
start bragging about animals they supposedly own. A great book to use
as a writing prompt for young writers.
Summer Sun Risin'
My Teacher Can Teach...Anyone!
How We Are Smart
How We Are Smart was inspired by the work of Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner, who has been writing about the theory of multiple intelligences for over a decade. This best-selling book, a recipient of a Christopher Award and runner-up for a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, has been a real hit in the upper elementary and middle school grades. It's a great introduction to poetry, biography, and to Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences.
More about Lee & Low and its website?
Lee and Low Books has updated their website. Now, not only will you find my Lee and Low books (and classroom activities based on them), but you'll be able to order my books directly from their website. There's lots of reasons to use the Lee and Low website. You can securely buy books using any major credit card or school purchase order, receive web-only discounts, get free shipping, and win occasional giveaways.
Their Bookshelf allows you to store books that you are interested in without placing them in your shopping cart. Their advance search capabilities allow you to search for books by title, author, illustrator, ISBN, and subject matter. Sounds like an advertisement? Well, it is of sorts, because I have six titles with Lee and Low, many of them my best-selling books. So, go to leeandlow.com and start looking for the following titles...
Bein' With You This Way (1994), available in hardcover and paperback in both English and Spanish.
America: My Land, Your Land, Our Land(1997), available in hardcover, and as a dual-language board book (Spanish and English) under the name America: A Book of Opposites.
Can You Top That? (2000), available as a BeBop classroom pack book(six books to a pack, which makes a perfect number for small group reading in your classroom).
Summer Sun Risin' (2002), available in hardcover and paperback in English and Spanish and as a BeBop classroom pack book. This title is fast becoming one of my best-selling books, and a personal favorite of mine. My Teacher Can Teach...Anyone!(2004), available in English in hardcover and as a high quality paperback. There's lots to see in this alphabet book, based on twenty-six careers that you students will enjoy reading about.
How We Are Smart(2006), available in English in hardcover and as a high quality paperback. This Christopher Award-winning book presents twelve biographical sketches of successful people from a variety of walks of life, and explains all the "intelligences" your students exhibit as well.
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