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Press Release Fun: Lee & Low Acquires Shen’s Books


November 18, 2013— New York, NY— LEE & LOW BOOKS, an independent
children’s book publisher focused on diversity, has acquired children’s book publisher
Shen’s Books. The acquisition is a new milestone in the growth of LEE & LOW
BOOKS, which published its first book twenty years ago and has maintained its
commitment to diversity in children’s books for two decades.

Originally based in California, Shen’s Books was founded as a retailer in 1985 and
began publishing books in 1997. Its books emphasize cultural diversity and tolerance,
with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia. Titles include the popular
Cora Cooks Pancit, about a young girl cooking up a favorite Filipino dish with her
mother, and the Cinderella series, which features retellings of the Cinderella story from
cultures around the world.

“I am thrilled that our titles will be joining the amazing catalog of books at LEE &
LOW,” said Renee Ting, president and publisher of Shen’s Books. “There is no better
publisher I can think of to carry on the values and spirit of Shen’s Books and advance
the cause of diversity in children’s publishing.”

Shen’s Books will now become an imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, which will publish
both backlist Shen’s titles and new books. The Shen’s Books imprint of LEE & LOW
BOOKS will release seven reprints in early 2014, as well as one new title in the spring:
Summoning the Phoenix, a collection of poems about Chinese musical instruments by
Emily Jiang and illustrated by April Chu.

“We have admired the work that was done by Shen’s in the past, and we are honored to
continue their legacy,” said Jason Low, Publisher of LEE & LOW BOOKS. “LEE &
LOW’s emphasis on diversity, cultural authenticity, and high-quality artwork makes it a
perfect home for Shen’s Books.”

The acquisition comes a year after LEE & LOW’s acquisition of Children’s Book Press,
another California-based multicultural children’s book publisher. Since then, LEE &
LOW BOOKS has brought over 85% of Children’s Book Press’s backlist titles back into
print, with several more planned for the upcoming year.

LEE & LOW BOOKS is the largest children’s book publisher in the country specializing
in diversity. The company provides a comprehensive range of diverse books for young
readers, from Bebop Books for children just learning to read to picture books from its
LEE & LOW and CBP imprints, to gripping speculative fiction for young adults from
Tu Books.

For more information about LEE & LOW BOOKS, visit

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.