Middle school is a time of transition where important learning takes place. 11. Markus Zusak - (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006) 560 pages. Two books that are culturally relevant for these students are The Circuit (F. Jiménez, 1997a) and Breaking Through (Jimenez, 2001). Find The Color of my Words at your local library. When the family moves within 50 feet of Auschwitz, Bruno is curious about the fence he can see from his bedroom window. Find Girls Like Us at your local library. This is an unusual novel about the power of words. While no such officiallisting exists, it’s widely assumed that “classics” belong in schools while more modern literature often gets sidelined. Meg Medina - (Candlewick, 2013) 272 pages. This is a wonderful book to read aloud because of the beauty of the language and because there are many opportunities in the book to inspire conversation with your child about growing up, social justice, and the love of family. What Do We Do All Day? Shifting voices from one twin to the other, the book uncovers the way each sibling has lost a part of their story by shutting the other out of their life. Raina Telgemeier. Find Beyond Magenta at your local library. her classroom when a diverse student body responds to multicultural initiatives at the school. No two accounts tell the same truth, and as new facts surface each day, uncovering what really happened grows increasingly elusive. Patina. Then his mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Other People’s Children Lisa Delpit The New Press Lisa Delpit examines how white teachers communicate with children of color, (and vice versa) and how cultural contexts can impact the translation. (5 – 7) In the wake of a destructive tornado, one girl develops feelings for another in this stunning, tender novel about emerging identity. (5 – 9) Zenobia July is starting a new life in Maine with her aunts. Multicultural chapter books are sometimes difficult to find- but so worth it! by: Michiko in Los Angeles is Peruvian and Japanese; Felipe in Chicago is Panamanian, Venezuelan, and black; and Juanita in New York is Mexican. Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy, illustrated by: David Diaz - (Charlesbridge, 2013) 96 pages. Social Media Book Influencers: I love Instagram! Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World. You become a bigger, wiser person every time you slip into someone else's shoes and see the world through their eyes. Featuring lots of characters with different traits, including braces, glasses, funny noses and wheelchairs, this book celebrates the things that make everyone unique. What books are you and your kids looking forward to reading in 2020? All Rights Reserved, Resources for Developing a Welcoming School, Diverse Lesson Plans for a Welcoming and Safe School, Answering Challenging Questions from Kids on LGBTQ Topics, Videos for LGBTQ and Gender Inclusive Schools, LGBTQ Definitions for Students and Adults, Why Welcoming Schools Professional Development, What Welcoming Schools Offers for Schools and Districts, Training Modules Available for Professional Development, Seal of Excellence for a Welcoming School, Webinar: Remote Teaching Using Welcoming Schools Lesson Plans. by: Find The Boy in the Striped Pajamas at your local library. Resources for Developing a Welcoming School Diverse Lesson Plans for a Welcoming and Safe School Up-to-Date Diverse Books Answering Challenging Questions from Kids on LGBTQ Topics Videos for LGBTQ and Gender Inclusive Schools LGBTQ Definitions for Students and Adults Supportive Laws and Relevant Research Multicultural and Diverse Books for Grades 6-8. by: Riding Freedom. Most of the books … by: A while ago I shared with you a list of 25 Books Every Boy Should Read and one of you asked about books that help to teach cultural diversity. Read 2 609 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Thirteen-year-old twins Jude and Noah are incredibly close. Student Engagement and Self-Esteem It was a big deal when our diverse classroom library began taking shape. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. For middle school teachers, it can be difficult to find books to add to a classroom library. by: Other important cultural markers, such as language, sexual orientation, and religion, are equally important; books related to these additional markers are included in a … There are also other diverse subscription services such as “Just Like Me Box” and “Heritage Box” that offer diverse books as well. People used to tell her she was a boy; now she's able to live openly as the girl she always knew she was. As long as public education has been alive in the United States, so too has the idea of a literary canon. Find I’ll Give You the Sun at your local library. Ashley Herring Blake. Twelve-year-old Ana wants to be a writer. Find This One Summer at your local library. With the help of Brandon, she begins to decipher the clues to a story that leads them deep into their South Carolina town’s history—a history full of ugly deeds and forgotten heroes. Author Todd Parr always fills his books with whimsical characters, and It’s Okay to Be Different is no exception. Cultural diversity. 12. Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by: Jillian Tamaki - (First Second, 2014) 320 pages. All are a part of an elite middle school track team that goes to the state championships. (4 – 6) Discover the inspiring stories of a diverse selection of LGBTQ artists, writers, innovators, athletes and activists who have made great contributions to culture, from ancient times to present day. ... Lowry’s sense of timing and choice of details put readers in the middle of the story. Perfect for: Readers intrigued by life experiences outside the mainstream. David Barclay Moore. After the floor in her mother’s apartment collapses, Piddy Sanchez is forced to move to another part of Queens and start a new school. Isabel Quintero - (Cinco Puntos Press, 2014) 208 pages. An exploration of sexuality, grief, and sibling rivalry. (5 – 8) Through drama—a play—and drama between characters, this graphic novel explores middle school feelings with boyfriends and girlfriends and boyfriends and boyfriends. Multicultural Books Reading a novel with characters from ethnic and cultural backgrounds different from your own is one of the best ways to move beyond the world that you know. Lynn Joseph - (HarperCollins, 2011) 144 pages. Perfect for: Teens curious about gender identity issues. The main types of cultural diversity that I reference are race, class, and disability. Perfect for: Comic book fans who love a good origin story. Ill. E.B. This post features eight books that are perfect for middle grades. Find The Shadow Hero at your local library. Equal Read researches the need for more literary diversity and works with schools and libraries to build their collections. All of these books feature characters dealing with multicultural issues or […] Some books are too mature for grades 6, 7, and 8, while others seem too babyish. It's a diverse world, and these books reflect the view that we're all in it together. Sunny. Ready? The monochromatic illustrations in this graphic novel capture this difficult and contemplative period in Rose’s life. Find The Book Thief at your local library. From romance, religion, teen pregnancy, and drug-addicted parents to coming out, body shame, sexually aggressive boys, and the politics of feeling like an outsider in both your town and your family, the story offers a whirlwind tour of the interior of one young Latina via her own Spanglish-inflected diary. Yes! The teens come from a range of backgrounds — some very violent and troubled, others more conventional — but all must deal with the complications of shifting their identities in a world that is anything but understanding. She writes stories and poems inspired by the bittersweetness and beauty of her life in the Dominican Republic. Drama. Join millions of supporters by signing up for our newsletter. Varian Johnson. Her mother worries for her, and warns her that silence is safer, that writers have died for using words that challenge the government. The Stars Beneath Our Feet. Nic Sheff - (Philomel Books, 2014) 272 pages. The first book described the elementary school years of a migrant child, and the second book follows this students' progress through high school. … Cooperative Children's Book Center curates book lists of multicultural books and offers other … Perfect for: Graphic novel fans who want to read about that awkward transition from childhood to young adulthood. #ReadYourWorld ... It’s the beginning of a new school year in 1969 in a southern town. (5 – 9)  A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death. Susan Kuklin - (Candlewick, 2014) 192 pages. : Diverse Historical Middle Grade Fiction Parenting » Book lists » Books that celebrate diversity for 7th and 8th graders These coming-of-age stories offer a glimpse into the lives of teens and tweens from different cultures and times that'll resonate with your middle schooler. Who he happens to be is a boy who loves to dress up in an orange dress. Loose Canons – Notes on the Culture Wars Pam Muñoz Ryan. All of their books not only depict LGBTQ+ kids and families, but they are also racially and culturally diverse (including different religions), as well as depicting people with disabilities. Want to see the movie? by: (3 – 6) Candice discovers a mysterious old letter about an injustice from decades ago. Winner of the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the author has created what can only be called an instant classic. Cultural diversity in the classroom is on the rise. R ead Your World Book Jam 2017: Favorite Multicultural Chapter and YA Books. by: Get the GreatSchools newsletter - our best articles, worksheets and more delivered weekly. In 2014, U.S. public schools hit a minority majority milestone with Latino, African-American, and Asian … Perfect for: Teens grappling with ideas about mental illness and the darkened corners of our minds. This exquisitely complex picture book invites readers’ understanding and appreciation on many levels of thinking. I’ve picked 47,000 Beads because it’s the first picture book I’ve seen to represent a two spirit kid (it’s also written by a two spirit Lakota person). Iconic watercolor paintings that portray African American impressions are displayed in alphabetical order and enhanced with carefully crafted, emphatic poetry. When someone anonymously posts hateful memes on her school's website, Zenobia knows she's the one with the hacking skills to solve the mystery. Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s debut was published by Lee & Low, which has been dedicated to publishing multicultural books since 1991. In this gritty, realistic novel, Medina explores coming-of-age in a tinderbox of racial stereotyping and bullying. ... starting a new school and learning to speak English. This book is one that I could teach my students year after year. They support Morris for who he is … Cat Clarke. Multicultural Books for Kids: Ages 6-10 Check out these multicultural books for kids that express incredibly diverse viewpoints. I had many conversations with our school librarian about ways to build a more diverse collection. In his explorations, he befriends Shmuel, a boy in the camp, and their friendship comes to a tragic end. He doesn’t know what horrors are happening on the other side of the fence, or what his father’s role is. Lewis. Children grow up hearing stories about the meaning and origin of their given names or nicknames Perfect for: Youth juggling school, peer, and parent pressure. Lisa Bunker. Find How It Went Down at your local library. Juna’s Jar. It’s also the same day his little brother, Teddy, goes missing. Diverse characters. There, Piddy learns that a girl named Yaqui Delgado wants to beat her up. Want to see the movie? Perfect for: Kids who like historical fiction. Though Piddy and Yaqui have never met, Yaqui doesn’t consider Piddy a fellow Latina: her grades are too good, her skin too light, and her accent not thick enough. Diversity in Middle Grade Historical Fiction. Please select another grade. The p… Bruno is a naive 9-year-old raised in a privileged Berlin household. Diverse Middle Grade & Young Adult Kid World Citizen: 25 Multicultural Chapter Books to Read This Summer. (3 – 6)  Follows a boy from elementary school to middle school navigating school and family dynamics, including his uncle’s growing involvement with the guy who is the student teacher in the boy's school. But this summer is different: her parents won’t stop fighting, and Rose chooses the drama of the local teen bullies over childhood play. John Boyne - (David Fickling Books, 2007) 215 pages. Hank Chu, the 19-year-old son of Chinese immigrant grocers, is exposed to toxic radiation and eventually lives up to his fate of becoming a World War II superhero by defending China, America’s ally, against the Japanese army. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Nancy I. Sanders. It’s 1942. Ghost A National Book Award finalist, Jason Reynolds’s Ghost is the story of an African American middle school runner with the talent to qualify for the Junior Olympics—if he can learn to control his temper. by: On this book list we have picked some of our favourite books for primary schools to help promote cultural diversity. There is no Book list topic for this grade. We’re entering this new decade with another epic list of diverse reads to share with you. With a multicultural cast (Willow describes herself as a ‘person of colour”, her new family is of mixed Vietnamese, African American, and Mexican heritage), bestselling Counting by 7s is a moving middle grade novel about loss, resilience and the true meaning of family. While it would be impossible for me to gather an exhaustive list that would include all cultures around the globe I did choose 10 that I think would be good readers for middle school children. At the lake house, Rose and her friend Wendy reunite and enjoy the joys of childhood: collecting rocks and digging giant holes in the sand. Gone Crazy in Alabama. Classic childhood favorites for 1st graders, 7 books that celebrate diversity for young adults, Books that celebrate diversity for preschoolers, Books that celebrate diversity for 1st graders. The book includes family history, family complications and family fun. During a family visit to the beach, high school junior Miles experiences his first schizophrenic episode. Meet the Fletchers: four boys, two dads, and one new neighbor who just might ruin everything. Perfect for: Dealing with bullies in a new school environment. Arabelle Sicardi. (3 – 5)  From camping trips to scary tales told in the dark; from new schools to old friends; from imaginary cheetahs to very real skunks –– the Fletchers’ school year is anything but boring. This is an excellent, thought-provoking text that presents a difficult topic in a way that evokes empathy and understanding in young readers. Find Yes! Every summer, Rose and her family take a trip to their lake house in Awago Beach. But once they hit puberty, Jude finds herself not only competing with her brother for their parent’s love and a spot at an exclusive art school, but for boys as well. This book profiles six real transgender teens — three female-to-male and three male-to-female — each telling their stories in their own voices. Richard Peck. The 2008 adaptation merits its PG-13 rating for the mature content depicting life in a concentration camp. When tragedy comes to Ana’s family, she learns how powerful words are. Embodying the underrepresented diversity of the Latino community, the poems are matched with factual explanations of events like the Spanish Civil War and Cuba’s relationship with the U.S. Caldecott Gold Medalist David Diaz’s accompanying hand-cut illustrations evoke Latino folk art. A Single Shard book. The Importance of Diversity & Cultural Awareness in the Classroom Drexel University School of Education. (4 – 7)  A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community. Kuklin takes pains to portray these teens, in words and photographs, with respect and care. Tariq was black, and his shooter was white. Ghost. by: If you’re searching for children’s books about diversity for toddlers, this is a must-have. Perfect for: Understanding the racial issues that plague American communities today. High school senior Gabi Hernandez has a lot going on in her senior year, all captured in this let-no-issue-go-unexplored page-turner. Perfect for: Kids with a social conscience. (4 – 6) The three sisters from One Crazy Summer and P.S. As the community struggles to figure out what went down, the book unfolds into a modern Rashomon tale that everyone living in America is now familiar with. Kids and teens walk in others' shoes as these characters -- or real-life kids -- navigate the school bus, deal with bullying, fall in love, face physical or mental challenges, or have fantastical adventures in another time or galaxy. Be Eleven head to Alabama to visit their grandmother and great-grandmother for the summer. Gene Luen Yang brings him back to life with this origin story that Batman and Superman fans will love. After the death of 16-year-old Tariq Johnson, the community is in uproar. by: Now, his new school has a terrible dress code, he has to wear skirts! Amina’s Voice. This graphic novel tells the story of the Green Turtle, the pioneering Asian American superhero first introduced in the 1940s. Lu. Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by: Sonny Liew - (First Second, 2014) 176 pages. These coming-of-age stories offer a glimpse into the lives of teens and tweens from different cultures and times that'll resonate with your middle schooler. Sign me up for updates relevant to my child's grade. A riveting read, but your kids may have questions afterward. This collection of poems introduces 13 young Latinos of various ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Diversity Council of Rochester, Minnesota, suggests the simple activity for middle school students of exchanging information about their own names in small groups. Bruno’s father is a commandant in Hitler’s army. Sarah Beth is entering middle school as integration begins in her school district. (4 – 8) A series of books with four kids from very different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. Hena Khan. Perfect for: Young history buffs who are as curious about the world as they are about themselves. Books that Promote Diversity and Inclusion. Check out the faithful 2013 adaptation starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, though parents should note the film contains some violence and intense themes. Server Issue: Please try again later. Find Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass at your local library. When tragedy hits their family, the twins become further isolated from each other. The Pants Project. by: Jason Reynolds. In this heart-wrenching, fast-paced character study, Giles manages to spotlight the lives of teens who all too often remain invisible. Sorry for the inconvenience. Morris is just who he is. by: The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself with a mission to change the policy and his life. There are some great accounts to follow if you are looking for diverse children’s books such as @HereWeeRead @diversebooks @WeNeedDiverseBooks @diversereads. Read Your World Book Jam 2018: 8 Australian Multicultural YA Books. We Are Latinos at your local library. (4 – 6)  A fictionalized account of the true story of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, drove stagecoaches and continued to pass as a man her whole life. Books that celebrate diversity for 5th and 6th graders. Jandy Nelson - (Dial Books, 2014) 384 pages. Multicultural Children's Book Day. Dana Alison Levy. A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Copyright ©2020 The Human Rights Campaign Foundation. According to their organization, “The Handbook of Research o… The adults in the story don’t pass judgment. Perfect for: Teens who like historical fiction. The Parker Inheritance. Suggest that the school library start a special section for culturally inclusive books. Juna and her best friend, Hector, have many adventures together, and they love to … Find Gabi, a Girl in Pieces at your local library. Shortly after graduating from their high school’s special education program, brain-damaged Quincy and intellectually disabled Biddies are placed in a live-work arrangement where they share an apartment at the home of a wealthy widow. Haunted by Yaqui and her gang, Piddy grows increasingly fearful, feeling like she’s prey to Yaqui’s predator. by: Rita Williams-Garcia. Perfect for: Teens interested in the tensions of sibling struggles amidst coming out and coming-of-age. For sixth graders who are familiar with the historical details of the Holocaust, this book is a powerful addition to Holocaust fiction, and an example of the multiple perspectives a narrative can take — in this case, the perspective of a young bystander. Many of his students' parents are migrant workers. ... A cast of multicultural characters propels this fast-paced plot with plenty of twists and turns. The Book Thief takes on the seemingly impossible setting of Nazi Germany and the improbability of Death as narrator and weaves together one of the most compelling stories of the year. Zenobia July. Despite being at odds, they bond, forming their own family after a life of abuse. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. The Best Man. Morris Micklewhite and The Tangerine Dress By Christine Baldachinno. Good historical detail and LGBT characters included. Kekla Magoon - (Henry Holt and Co., 2014) 336 pages. 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