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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 & Low Books offers a wide range of diverse middle grade books for struggling, grade level, and advanced readers. Our authentic, award-winning book collections 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 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 T–Z for your small group instruction, guided reading programs, and classroom libraries.

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Social and Emotional Learning

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

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Social Studies and History

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

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Capoeira

By George Ancona

Illustrated by George Ancona

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Chess Rumble

By G. Neri

Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

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Frederick Douglass

By William Miller

Illustrated by Cedric Lucas

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Bowman's Store

By Joseph Bruchac

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¡Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

By Jonah Winter

Illustrated by Jonah Winter

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Love to Langston

By Tony Medina

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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John Lewis in the Lead

By Jim Haskins

Illustrated by Benny Andrews

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Drumbeat in Our Feet

By Patricia A. Keeler

Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler

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Vanishing Cultures: Down Under

By Jan Reynolds

Illustrated by Jan Reynolds

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Steel Drumming at the Apollo

By Trish Marx

Illustrated by Ellen B. Senisi

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Shanghai Messenger

By Andrea Cheng

Illustrated by Ed Young

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Vanishing Cultures: Himalaya

By Jan Reynolds

Illustrated by Jan Reynolds

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Directo al aro

By John Coy

Illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart

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Surfer of the Century

By Ellie Crowe

Illustrated by Richard Waldrep

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Strong to the Hoop

By John Coy

Illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart

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Compound It All!

By Kim and Danny Adlerman

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The School the Aztec Eagles Built

By Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson

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D is for Doufu

By Maywan Shen Krach

Illustrated by Hongbin Zhang

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Shanghai Messenger

By Andrea Cheng

Illustrated by Ed Young

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Growing Peace

By Richard Sobol

Illustrated by Richard Sobol

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How We Are Smart

By W. Nikola-Lisa

Illustrated by Sean Qualls

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When the Horses Ride By

By Eloise Greenfield

Illustrated by Jan Gilchrist

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Amazing Places

By Lee Bennett Hopkins

Illustrated by Christy Hale

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Tankborn

By Karen Sandler

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Dear Mrs. Parks

By Rosa Parks

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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

By Susan L. Roth

Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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Tiny Stitches

By Gwendolyn Hudson Hooks

Illustrated by Colin Bootman

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Tofu Quilt

By Ching Russell

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Under the Mesquite

By Guadalupe Garcia McCall

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Compound It All!

By Kim and Danny Adlerman

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The School the Aztec Eagles Built

By Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson

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D is for Doufu

By Maywan Shen Krach

Illustrated by Hongbin Zhang

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Shanghai Messenger

By Andrea Cheng

Illustrated by Ed Young

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Growing Peace

By Richard Sobol

Illustrated by Richard Sobol

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How We Are Smart

By W. Nikola-Lisa

Illustrated by Sean Qualls

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When the Horses Ride By

By Eloise Greenfield

Illustrated by Jan Gilchrist

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Amazing Places

By Lee Bennett Hopkins

Illustrated by Christy Hale

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Tankborn

By Karen Sandler

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Dear Mrs. Parks

By Rosa Parks

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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

By Susan L. Roth

Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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Tiny Stitches

By Gwendolyn Hudson Hooks

Illustrated by Colin Bootman

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Tofu Quilt

By Ching Russell

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Under the Mesquite

By Guadalupe Garcia McCall