What does close reading look like in Fifth Grade?

Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge discusses how to do a close reading of a fifth grade level text.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall on how writing heals

In this excerpt from her 2012 Pura Belpré acceptance speech, Under the Mesquite author Guadalupe Garcia McCall shares how writing the book helped her heal and brought her closer to her father: My life with my mother was full of love and acceptance. I was blessed to be her daughter, even if for a little […]

Come See Our Authors at TLA!

We won’t be at the Texas Library Association annual conference this week, but if you’ll be there you can still connect with two fantastic Lee & Low authors! Don Tate, author of It Jes’ Happened and illustrator of books like Summer Sun Risin’, will be a keynote speaker at the Black Caucus Roundtable (April 19, […]

Guadalupe Garcia McCall thanks the committee…

Under the Mesquite author Guadalupe Garcia McCall thanks the William C. Morris and Pura Belpre award committees that honored her book, along with readers: Here’s one of my very favorite parts of Guadalupe’s Morris Ceremony speech at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference: I realized that I had to write not to be published, but […]

Halloween: A culture, not a costume

Happy Halloween, everyone! Some of you may have seen this new anti-racism poster campaign coming out of Ohio State University, put together by one of their student organizations: The campaign quickly went viral and has drawn national attention (along with a number of parodies). What’s good about these posters is the extensive discussions they’ve sparked […]