LEE & LOW BOOKS is an independent children’s and young adult book publisher that focuses on multicultural themes. Our goal is to meet the need for books that address children and teens of color by providing culturally authentic titles that all readers can enjoy. Picture books, early readers, and chapter books are published under our Lee & Low Books, Shen’s Books, and Children’s Book Press imprints. Middle-grade and young adult novels are published under our Tu Books imprint. To see the kind of books we publish, please explore our website, check out the Open Book Blog, or request or download a catalog here.

Because we are a small publisher working through an extensive manuscript backlog, Lee & Low Books and Tu Books are both currently closed to unsolicited manuscript submissions until further notice. We still accept agented submissions and projects from writers’ conferences that Lee & Low editors have attended. In addition, if you have never been published before, we encourage you to enter your work in our annual New Voices and New Visions award contests, which open every summer. For more details, click here


We are happy to consider art samples for possible future picture books and covers. You may send the samples through the mail to either the Lee & Low or Tu Books imprints at 95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. If you will be in the New York City area and would like to meet with one of our editors for a portfolio review, please send a letter with an art sample to the address above, including the dates of your visit, your email address, and the address of your website, and an editor will be in touch to arrange a meeting, if possible.

Thank you for considering Lee & Low Books and Tu Books as artistic homes for your work.

This link is for agented submissions only. If you do not have an agent, please submit your submission in our general submissions sections for novels and graphic novels. Please note that we are closed to general submissions as of Nov. 12, 2018, and will re-open after the new year.

Agents, thanks so much for using the Submittable system for sending full manuscripts. I hope this will increase our efficiency in getting back to you in a timely manner. Feel free to nudge me at swhitman AT leeandlow.com after a month if I haven't gotten back to you.

Stacy Whitman


Tu Books

Thank you for submitting your manuscript to Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books.

Our focus is on fiction and narrative nonfiction novels and graphic novels centering people of color or Native people. We are interested in both middle grade stories for ages 8 to 12 and young adult stories for ages 12 to 18. Occasionally a manuscript might fall between these two categories; if your manuscript does, let us know.

We look for fantasy set in worlds inspired by non-Western folklore or culture, contemporary mystery and fantasy set all over the world, and science fiction that centers the possibilities for people of color or Native people in the future.

We also selectively publish realism and narrative nonfiction that explores the contemporary and historical experiences of people of color or Native people. We welcome intersectional narratives that feature LGBTQIA and disabled people as heroes in their own stories.

Stacy Whitman and Cheryl Klein both acquire titles for Tu Books, and we ask that you identify which of  them you wish to consider your submission. As loose rules of thumb, Cheryl has a more literary bent and does not acquire graphic novels, while Stacy has a more commercial focus and does not acquire narrative nonfiction. You can learn more about each of them through their websites, linked above.

We appreciate submissions as Word files (PDFs are sometimes harder to resize on e-readers), but if your submission is a graphic novel proposal, PDFs are best for sample art.

Tu Books