RBmedia Announces Exclusive Audiobook Partnership with Lee & Low Books

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Through this agreement, the company will bring award-winning diverse books to audio

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Our collaboration will bring our award-winning diverse books into the realm of quality listening experiences.

RBmedia, the largest audiobook publisher in the world, today announced an exclusive partnership with Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. Through this four-year agreement, the company will publish audio editions of Lee & Low Books titles for every age.

“Lee & Low Books is thrilled with our partnership with RBmedia. Our collaboration will bring our award-winning diverse books into the realm of quality listening experiences. The people I have met at RBmedia are consummate professionals and dedicated to providing a wide range of audio offerings that we are proud to be a part of,” said Jason Low, Publisher/Co-owner, Lee & Low Books.

Lee & Low Books has been a leader in publishing books for diverse readers since being established in 1991. Their catalog offers diverse titles for every age, including leveled books for beginning readers, picture books, early chapter books, middle grade, and young adult books. Lee & Low Books titles have won a number of major awards and honors, including the Coretta Scott King Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the NAACP Image Award. Lee & Low Books titles have also received praise and starred reviews from New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and other media. Lee & Low Books is home to numerous award-winning and bestselling authors like Guadalupe García McCall, Axie Oh, and G. Neri. Listeners can look forward to audio editions of such books as:

  •     “Echoes of Grace” by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  •     “Indian No More” by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell
  •     “Strong As Fire, Fierce as Flame” by Supriya Kelkar
  •     “Fight Back” by A.M. Dassu
  •     “Nobody’s Pilgrims” by Sergio Troncoso

“We are proud to be partnering with such a celebrated and admired publisher as Lee & Low Books. They have been on the forefront of this push for diversity and representation in publishing for more than 30 years. We share this drive, as well as Lee & Low Books’ dedication and commitment to serving the needs of today’s educators and students, and look forward to bringing their stories to life in audio,” said Troy Juliar, Chief Content Officer for RBmedia.

Lee & Low Books audiobooks released by RBmedia will be produced and distributed globally under both its flagship publishing brand Recorded Books and its Tantor imprint. Titles will be available for download on Audible, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Audiobooks.com, and wherever RBmedia digital audiobooks are sold.

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About RBmedia

RBmedia is the largest audiobook publisher in the world. With more than 60,000 exclusive titles, our audiobooks continually dominate key literary awards and bestseller lists. The company’s powerful digital retail and library distribution network reaches millions of listeners around the globe—at home, in the car, and everywhere their mobile devices go. Our titles are available on leading audio platforms, including Audible, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Audiobooks.com, OverDrive, Hoopla, and many more. RBmedia is owned by KKR, a leading global investment firm. Find out more at rbmediaglobal.com.

About Lee & Low Books

Established in 1991, Lee & Low Books is the largest children’s book publisher in the United States specializing in diversity and has been a leader in the movement for greater representation in children’s publishing for over 30 years. The family-run, minority-owned, independent company produces high-quality books that are truly “about everyone - for everyone” under their imprints Bebop Books, Tu Books, Children's Book Press, Shen's Books, and Cinco Puntos Press. Their commitment to diversity is further reflected in their New Voices Award and New Visions Award for unpublished authors of color and in the often cited Diversity Baseline Survey, an ongoing study of demographics in the publishing industry. Visit leeandlow.com to learn more.

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