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 books, and more. We are dedicated to cultural authenticty 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 schools and districts to create customized 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 library.

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Social and Emotional Learning

Our diverse and multicultural 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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Amelia's Road

By Linda Jacobs Altman

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez


Aani and the Tree Huggers

By Jeannine Atkins

Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto


Chess Rumble

By G. Neri

Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson


¡Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

By Jonah Winter

Illustrated by Jonah Winter


The Blue Roses

By Linda Boyden

Illustrated by Amy Córdova


Bowman's Store

By Joseph Bruchac


Bringing Asha Home

By Uma Krishnaswami

Illustrated by Jamel Akib


Elizabeti's Doll

By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Illustrated by Christy Hale


The Bus Ride

By William Miller

Illustrated by John Ward



By George Ancona

Illustrated by George Ancona


The Birthday Swap

By Loretta Lopez

Illustrated by Loretta Lopez


Love to Mamá

By Pat Mora

Illustrated by Paula Barragán


Crazy Horse's Vision

By Joseph Bruchac

Illustrated by S. D. Nelson


Destiny's Gift

By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Illustrated by Adjoa J. Burrowes


Drumbeat in Our Feet

By Patricia A. Keeler

Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler