Mission: “Lee & Low BOOKS is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country.” A Publisher deeply committed to diversity and #WeNeedDiverseBooks, they have “a simple mission: to publish contemporary diverse stories that all children could enjoy.”
Founder and Publisher: Jason Low
Foreword This Week spoke with Jason Low about the ways in which Lee & Low is not only producing diverse books but attempting to quantify the problem to help the industry improve. Read the interview below.
Tell us about the Diversity Baseline Survey. What will it measure and what do you hope to do with the data?
The survey will give us a peek at where we are now as an industry when it comes to diversity. We have a hunch that there is a lack of diversity in publishing, but we don’t know to what extent. Having a baseline number will give us a statistic that we can work toward improving. Businesses use numbers to gauge their performance; the same methodology should be applied to issues such as equality.
***Song for Cambodia***, by Michelle Lord and Shino Arihara, Illustrated by Shino Arihara
Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino
Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments by Emily Jiang, Illustrated by April Chu
¡Olé! Flamenco by George Ancona
Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jean Cullerton Johnson, Illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler
Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia by Betsy Lewin and Ted Lewin
Chess Rumble by G. Neri, Illustrated by Joshua Watson
The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby by Crystal Hubbard, Illustrated by Robert McGuire
Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius by Demi
Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin by Michelle Lord, Illustrated by Felicia Hoshimo
La Vasija Que Juan Fabric by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, Illustrated by David Diaz
Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia, Illustrated by Ken Min