Grades 3–6

Multicultural and Diverse Books for Upper Elementary School

Creating a culturally responsive classroom means celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of each child while meeting the demands of educational standards. As the largest multicultural publisher in the United States, Lee & Low Books offers extensive collections of contemporary and historical stories featuring characters of color as well as characters with disabilities, LGBTQ and family diversity, bilingual and Spanish language elementary books, and more. We are dedicated to cultural authenticity and take pride in working with marginalized authors and illustrators to provide all students with mirror and window books. Discover:

and more! Our award-winning books include a range of high-interest topics, meaningful themes, and complexity to meet young readers' varied needs and help them explore a wide range of interdisciplinary content.

We regularly work with elementary schools and districts to create customized diverse and multicultural book collections based on your needs and budget. To get started working with us, get in touch with this quick form.

Leveled Classroom Libraries

Books in Guided Reading Levels A–Z to create a well-balanced foundation for the classroom leveled reading library.

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Social and Emotional Learning

Our diverse and multicultural SEL books support social and emotional learning in a culturally responsive environment that helps each student to feel seen, understood, and accepted.

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Social Studies and History

Our diverse books for third through sixth grade span a wide range of topics, from geography and government to US and world history, paying special attention to the roles of people of color and other marginalized groups.

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Spanish, Bilingual, and Language Collections

Lee and Low Books is known as one of America's premiere publishers of bilingual English/Spanish books and dual language book collections, but we are also proud to publish kids' books in a range of additional languages including Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

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Our STEM book collections contain high-quality, engaging books, many of which illuminate the contributions of people of color and other marginalized groups to the STEM fields.

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Crane Boy

By Diana Cohn

Illustrated by Youme


My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata

By Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.


Richard Wright y el carné de biblioteca

By William Miller

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie


Selvakumar Knew Better

By Virginia Kroll

Illustrated by Xiaojun Li


Say Hola to Spanish at the Circus

By Susan Middleton Elya

Illustrated by Loretta Lopez


To Swim in Our Own Pond

By Ngoc Dung Tran

Illustrated by Xuan-Quang Dang


Say Hola to Spanish Otra Vez (Again!)

By Susan Middleton Elya

Illustrated by Loretta Lopez


Say Hola to Spanish

By Susan Middleton Elya

Illustrated by Loretta Lopez


Lakas and the Manilatown Fish

By Anthony Robles

Illustrated by Carl Angel


Juna and Appa

By Jane Park

Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino


Aani and the Tree Huggers

By Jeannine Atkins

Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto


Abuela's Weave

By Omar S. Castañeda

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez


Around the World

By John Coy

Illustrated by Antonio Reonegro