Children's Book Press

Children's Book Press Publisher of multicultural and bilingual literature for children, now an imprint of Lee & Low Books
Many voices, one world. Founded in 1975, Children’s Book Press began as a nonprofit independent publisher that promoted cooperation and understanding through multicultural and bilingual literature, offering children a sense of their culture, history and importance. In 2012, Children's Book Press was acquired by multicultural publisher Lee & Low Books, where many award-winning Children's Book Press books have been made available once again under the Children's Book Press imprint.

Publisher of award-winning multicultural and bilingual books for children.

Mission: Children's Book Press makes a difference in the world. Our books help equip children with a love of reading and a sense of possibility. Children’s Book Press is the only nonprofit, independent press in the country focused on publishing first voice literature for children by and about people from the Latino, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American communities. We promote lived and shared experiences of cultures who have been historically under-represented or misrepresented in children’s literature while also focusing on promoting inter-cultural and cross-cultural awareness for children of all backgrounds. Children’s Book Press literature provide tools that help build healthy children, families, and thriving communities for generations to come.

Now available: our 2013 Children's Book Press catalog!
04/25/2013
Children's Book Press Titles Back In Print

Now available: our 2013 Children's Book Press catalog!

Check out the new 2013 Children's Book Press catalog to see which of your favorite multicultural and bilingual titles are now back in print.

Happy Spring! Celebrate with a poem from Francisco X. Alarcón's book "Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates...
03/20/2013

Happy Spring! Celebrate with a poem from Francisco X. Alarcón's book "Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates Resueños y otros poemas de primavera"

Spring is here!!! It's a bit hard to tell with the chilly temperatures we're having, but let's hope warm weather is just around the corner!

Nice piece on Children's Book Press and other progressive media that are (or were) based in the Bay Area.
11/27/2012
Grooming Your Future Activist | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area Culture | Rachel Swan

Nice piece on Children's Book Press and other progressive media that are (or were) based in the Bay Area.

Children's entertainment comes with no shortage of messages: disobedient princesses learning to obey their parents; giant red dogs urging teamwork; purple dinosaurs imparting the wisdom of just being yourself. But with a few exceptions, kids' books, movies, and music highlight only a narrow ran...

11/05/2012

Reminder: keep in touch with Children's Book Press by becoming a fan of our new home, Lee & Low Books!

08/22/2012

Just a reminder that we're now a part of Lee & Low Books! For updates on new Children's Book Press titles, resources, and events, make sure you become a fan of the Lee & Low Books page!

Will you be at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim this week? Stop by the Lee & Low booth (#24...
06/18/2012
ALA 2012: California-Bound

Will you be at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim this week? Stop by the Lee & Low booth (#2436) to say hello and to see our new Children's Book Press and Lee & Low titles!
http://blog.leeandlow.com/2012/06/08/ala-2012-california-bound/

Wasn’t it *just* March? Hard to believe we’re already getting ready for ALA Annual in just a few short weeks. The best part of ALA is always meeting people face to face, and we hope man...

A friendly reminder to become a fan of our Lee & Low page for updates on new Children's Book Press reprints, ev...
04/02/2012
Lee & Low Books

A friendly reminder to become a fan of our Lee & Low page for updates on new Children's Book Press reprints, events, and more! http://www.facebook.com/leeandlow

An award-winning children's book publisher focusing on diversity. Our books are about everyone, for everyone.

03/26/2012

Hey Children's Book Press fans! If you haven't heard the news, we're now an imprint of Lee & Low Books. To stay in the loop about Children's Book Press titles, events, and more, "like" the Lee & Low page: http://www.facebook.com/leeandlow

This Sunday, Aug. 14, join Maya Christina Gonzalez at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Family Sunday program for...
08/10/2011
SFMOMA | Exhibitions + Events |...

This Sunday, Aug. 14, join Maya Christina Gonzalez at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Family Sunday program for a reading of her children's books. Kids get in for free!

Museumwide

Award winning children's book illustrator and professor, Mira Reisberg, will be teaching an online class this fall for a...
07/29/2011
Hero's Art Journey

Award winning children's book illustrator and professor, Mira Reisberg, will be teaching an online class this fall for aspiring artists. Check out her website for more details.

Because of my love for creative communities, I have created this exceptional online course (or journey) drawing from my 30 plus years of teaching and making art. Our multifaceted course environment...

A teacher reads 40 books she's never read before and blogs about them for a month. It's great reading, and not just beca...
07/28/2011
Sweet Talks--Books

A teacher reads 40 books she's never read before and blogs about them for a month. It's great reading, and not just because the last 3 entries are about CBP books!

I'm going to read 40 picture books that I haven't read before. Then I'm going to write about each one. And I'm going to do this in less than one month. Read along with me. I hope this blog turns out...

Our board book adaptation of MY COLORS, MY WORLD received a *starred* review in the July 1st issue of Kirkus! Read the f...
07/05/2011
A starred review for MY COLORS, MY WORLD | Children's Book Press

Our board book adaptation of MY COLORS, MY WORLD received a *starred* review in the July 1st issue of Kirkus! Read the full review here.

Our board book adaptation of My Colors, My World / Mis colores, mi mundo received a STARRED review in the July 1st issue of Kirkus! My Colors, My World is the first book in a series of board books we plan to publish as part of our First Voice Early

06/24/2011

Tomorrow we'll be attending the Foreign Language Book Fair at the Redwood Shores Library (399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City) from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Come on through! Teachers, parents, and children are all welcome.

06/22/2011
Event Calendar | Children's Book Press

Librarians: Are you heading to the ALA Annual Conference? Don't miss the workshop on Latino children's literature, a signing with René Colato Laínez, and the Pura Belpré 15th Anniversary Celebration!

Masthead Use Masthead?: 1.00 Masthead Image: Masthead Headline: Celebrating one world through many voices, stories, and perspectives JUNE 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA Calling all

Does it feel like summer yet where you live? Stay cool with these breezy, summer-themed poems by Francisco Alarcón.
06/21/2011
From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems | Children's Book Press

Does it feel like summer yet where you live? Stay cool with these breezy, summer-themed poems by Francisco Alarcón.

Title in another language: Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano In these magical summer-themed poems, we come to know Mexico—“an enchanted land where all the senses come alive.” Book images Thumnail

We love hearing about how our books are used out in the world--and out in nature! Read about a Colorado nonprofit that's...
06/09/2011
The Durango Herald 06/05/2011 | Young and old can learn something new outdoors this summer

We love hearing about how our books are used out in the world--and out in nature! Read about a Colorado nonprofit that's making I KNOW THE RIVER LOVES ME part of their summer outdoor family program.

Whether you are new to the area or have lived in the beautiful Four Corners for years, there is something new you can learn at one of the free programs sponsored by San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan Public Lands this summer, led by the staff and volunteers of SJMA.

Calling all "dreamers and fashion lovers" in the New York City area: Artist, fashion designer, and CBP illustrator Elain...
06/07/2011
Artist Elaine Pedlar opens pop-up store in Dumbo | Children's Book Press

Calling all "dreamers and fashion lovers" in the New York City area: Artist, fashion designer, and CBP illustrator Elaine Pedlar opens a pop-up store in Brooklyn featuring multicultural paper dolls, coloring books, and more. We're so lucky to work with such talented people.

Calling all "dreamers and fashion lovers" in the New York City area! Artist and fashion designer Elaine Pedlar opened a pop-up store in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood a few weekends ago. Pedlar, whose work you may recognize from the

Our friends at SpanglishBaby.com are giving away a copy of our new board book, MY COLORS, MY WORLD! Hurry, the deadline ...
05/31/2011
Club Leo Pick: Mis colores, mi mundo {Giveaway} | SpanglishBaby™

Our friends at SpanglishBaby.com are giving away a copy of our new board book, MY COLORS, MY WORLD! Hurry, the deadline to enter is midnight tonight.

I won't get tired of saying it: there's a huge lack in the area of bilingual and Spanish board books for the littlest ones in the house -- unless of course

FROM NORTH TO SOUTH and LET ME HELP! were honored in the 2011 International Latino Book Awards. Congratulations to René ...
05/27/2011
International Latino Book Awards 2011 winners announced « La Columna

FROM NORTH TO SOUTH and LET ME HELP! were honored in the 2011 International Latino Book Awards. Congratulations to René Colato Laínez and Joe Cepeda for taking First Place and to Alma Flor Ada and Angela Dominguez for getting an Honorable Mention!

// Two of Contacto Latino Libros’ nominated books received recognition at the May 25th ceremony in New York City. Congratulations to “Plumbago Torres y el Sueño Americano” (novel, Ani Palacios Mc Bride) and “Living in a Double World: a practical guided tour through the immigration experience” (self-

05/24/2011
Creative Arts Alumni: Carmen Lomas Garza

New video: artist Carmen Lomas Garza takes us inside her studio and discusses the inspiration behind the iconic paintings of her childhood.

men Lomas Garza's watercolor paintings spring with vibrant stories from her childhood. These stories have also translated well to the page, in award-winning ...

Manlio Argueta, Salvadoran novelist and the author of our very own MAGIC DOGS OF THE VOLCANOES, is in town this Saturday...
05/10/2011
Salvadoran novelist Manlio Argueta comes to S.F.

Manlio Argueta, Salvadoran novelist and the author of our very own MAGIC DOGS OF THE VOLCANOES, is in town this Saturday and will give a presentation on his poetic writings.

Manlio Argueta, a major Latin American writer from El Salvador, will visit the Bay Area on May 14. The author of the classic novel One Day of Life, translated into more than fifteen languages, will give a presentation in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. During the height of the repress

Did you know that the number of mixed-race children in the US increased 50% in the last decade? Read more on the Many Vo...
05/09/2011
Mixed-Race in America: The New York Times explores the changing demographics in the US | Children's.

Did you know that the number of mixed-race children in the US increased 50% in the last decade? Read more on the Many Voices blog and get a sneak peek at a forthcoming book that addresses the issue head-on.

For 36 years, Children's Book Press has published books about the multicultural experience of children in the US. More than ever today, we find our books to be increasingly relevant as data from the 2010 Census emerges, specifically with regards to the

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!
05/05/2011
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Let Me Help! | Children's Book Press

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Today, Mexicans and Mexican Americans commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It's a day to celebrate the causes of freedom and democracy. And, as author Alma Flor

Do you know a dual language school that could use $500 worth of bilingual books? Enter the SpanglishBaby.com book give-a...
04/29/2011
My Bilingual School Library Contest | SpanglishBaby™

Do you know a dual language school that could use $500 worth of bilingual books? Enter the SpanglishBaby.com book give-away contest for a chance to win. Deadline to enter is May 8th.

For more than a year now both Ana and I have been trying to come up with a way in which SpanglishBaby could give back to the bilingual community we so

The LA Times Festival of Books is this weekend! Author René Colato Laínez will be signing books on Sat., April 30 from 1...
04/28/2011
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The LA Times Festival of Books is this weekend! Author René Colato Laínez will be signing books on Sat., April 30 from 10am-12nn at the East West Discovery Press booth (#574) in the Children's Area. [The Festival's new location is the USC Campus.]

Dates & LocationThe annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held: Saturday April 30, 2011 from 10am – 6pm Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 10am – 5pm at:University of Southern California Click here for map. To locate USC on Yahoo! Maps or similar mapping software, you may use the intersection of

Favorite quote overheard from a little boy at Día this past Sunday: "Wow, I get to do fun activities AND take home a fre...
04/26/2011

Favorite quote overheard from a little boy at Día this past Sunday: "Wow, I get to do fun activities AND take home a free book? That's a deal!"

Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros is THIS Sunday! Join us for loads of activities for the whole family. Here's a round-...
04/22/2011
Amazing performances planned for Día this Sunday | Children's Book Press

Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros is THIS Sunday! Join us for loads of activities for the whole family. Here's a round-up of the amazing performances we've planned for attendees.

The Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros celebration in San Francisco is only a few days away. This FREE event promises an exciting, fun-filled afternoon for young children and their families-- with everything from hands-on

"The Woman Who Outshone the Sun" is back in stock! First published in 1991, this remains one of our most well-loved and ...
04/20/2011
The Woman Who Outshone the Sun | Children's Book Press

"The Woman Who Outshone the Sun" is back in stock! First published in 1991, this remains one of our most well-loved and bestselling books.

Title in another language: La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol There’s something different about Lucia, so the villagers treat her cruelly and force her to leave town. When the river follows her, the villagers realize their

Día posters and postcards arrived today! Remember: our event is just two Sundays away!
04/13/2011

Día posters and postcards arrived today! Remember: our event is just two Sundays away!

04/12/2011
Being Bilingual May Boost Your Brain Power | Children's Book Press

Being bilingual makes you smarter. (How many of you already knew that?)

At least, that is the conclusion of psychologists Janet Werker and Ellen Bialystok, who were recently interviewed on NPR. They explained that bilingualism can be beneficial to children, with studies proving bilingual speakers perform better on various

Today on the blog, we have tools for educators on exploring self-expression and self-portraiture in the classroom. Check...
04/11/2011
Claiming Face with Maya Gonzalez: Part 7 – The Underlying Image | Children's Book Press

Today on the blog, we have tools for educators on exploring self-expression and self-portraiture in the classroom. Check out the latest in our Claiming Face series by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

Claiming Face with Maya GonzalezIn September 2010, Children’s Book Press launched a new blog feature by Maya Christina Gonzalez, featuring educator resources and classroom activities from her curriculum, Claiming Face. Part 7 of this monthly

03/31/2011

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.” Happy birthday, César Chávez.

Dear librarians: If you're attending ALA in New Orleans, be sure to mark your calendars for the Pura Belpré 15th Anniver...
03/30/2011
Save the Date: Belpré Celebration | ALSC Blog

Dear librarians: If you're attending ALA in New Orleans, be sure to mark your calendars for the Pura Belpré 15th Anniversary Celebration! It will be a quinceañera like no other.

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award, ALSC and REFORMA have come up with an exciting and entertaining event at 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. That event now as a date:

03/23/2011
An update on our spring fundraising campaign | Children's Book Press

Here's the latest update on our spring fundraising campaign. We're getting closer to reaching our goal, but we still need you to show your support. Thanks to all who have already taken action.

Last month, our Publisher & Executive Director Lorraine García-Nakata initiated a fundraising appeal to reach our immediate March goal of $47,000. Below is her latest message. ~~~ Dear friend of Children’s Book Press, First,

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