Diverse Books ALL Teachers Need in Their Classrooms

diverse books for all classroom libraries

Are you struggling with how to talk with your students about racism, acceptance and equality? 

We have to spark these conversations, for ourselves and our students.  One of the best ways to teach life lessons is through characters in books who've 'been there, done that.'  

As teachers it's our responsibility to show our students how to have empathy and kindness.  We can do this with diverse read alouds and a culturally responsive classroom library.

I've spent some time researching the best books for upper elementary/middle school students that will spark educational conversations about acceptance and how we can do better.  I've linked the titles below so you can check them out as well.

I plan to use some for classroom read alouds and the rest to increase the diversity of our classroom library.  Summer is the perfect time to visit book sales, garage sales, thrift shops and watch for Scholastic dollar deals.  (Front Desk was only $1.00 just a few weeks ago)

Improving the diversity of our classroom libraries is a task we can control.  Putting books in our students' hands that show them a world they've never known, or characters who are going through the same experiences - can change lives.  I've seen it happen and it's the best feeling in the world!

It's important for our students to see themselves in the books they read!

 Click the links below for more information.

diverse texts for all students

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook by Iva Marie Palmer

Blended by Sharon Draper

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Do your students LOVE graphic novels?  Click HERE for a list of our favorites!

*This post contains affiliate links that earn me a small profit which I use to buy books for my students.  Thank you for your support.

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