Middle School

Multicultural and Diverse Books for Grades 6-8

Middle school is a time of transition where important learning takes place. As students develop identities and strengthen literacy and analytical skills, it is crucial to make sure that they have access to both "mirror" and "window" books—that is, books that affirm their identities and experiences, and books that allow them to build empathy for others. Lee and Low Books offers a wide range of multicultural and diverse middle grade books for struggling, grade level, and advanced readers. Our authentic, award-winning books for middle school support culturally responsive teaching and embrace a range of complexity to meet all students' needs and explore a variety of interdisciplinary content, including:

We regularly work with middle 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 T–Z for your small group instruction, guided reading programs, and classroom leveled reading libraries.

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Social and Emotional Learning

Support preteens and teens in your social and emotional learning curriculum and program with SEL books that build a positive sense of self.

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Social Studies and History

Lee and Low Books provides diverse books for middle school that support culturally responsive teaching by including a wide range of perspectives on history, including those that are historically underrepresented.

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House of Purple Cedar

By Tim Tingle


Around the World

By John Coy

Illustrated by Antonio Reonegro



By George Ancona

Illustrated by George Ancona


Brothers in Hope

By Mary Williams

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie


Chess Rumble

By G. Neri

Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson


Celebrate! Connections Among Cultures

By Jan Reynolds

Illustrated by Jan Reynolds


Coming to America

By Bernard Wolf

Illustrated by Bernard Wolf


Drumbeat in Our Feet

By Patricia A. Keeler

Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler


Dia's Story Cloth

By Dia, Chue, and Nhia Thao Cha


Everglades Forever

By Trish Marx

Illustrated by Cindy Karp


Frederick Douglass

By William Miller

Illustrated by Cedric Lucas


How We Are Smart

By W. Nikola-Lisa

Illustrated by Sean Qualls


Ray Charles

By Sharon Bell Mathis

Illustrated by George Ford


Steel Drumming at the Apollo

By Trish Marx

Illustrated by Ellen B. Senisi