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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 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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Compound It All!

By Kim and Danny Adlerman

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Piecing Earth and Sky Together

By Nancy Raines Day

Illustrated by Genna Panzarella

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Tofu Quilt

By Ching Russell

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Blessing's Bead

By Debby Dahl Edwardson

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House of Purple Cedar

By Tim Tingle

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Around the World

By John Coy

Illustrated by Antonio Reonegro

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Be Water, My Friend

By Ken Mochizuki

Illustrated by Dom Lee

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Bowman's Store

By Joseph Bruchac

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Brothers in Hope

By Mary Williams

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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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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Coming to America

By Bernard Wolf

Illustrated by Bernard Wolf

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Dear Mrs. Parks

By Rosa Parks

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Drumbeat in Our Feet

By Patricia A. Keeler

Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler