Middle School Books for Diversity

These book titles for discussing diversity in the classroom were recommended by  Georgetown Day School’s Directors of Diversity, Elizabeth Denevi and Mariama Richards:


Bradley, For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Napoli, Daughter of Venice

Napoli, Bound

Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go

Spinelli,   Wringer


Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts

Crutcher, Whale Talk

Draper,  Out of My Mind

Erskine, Mockingbird

Konigsburg, The View from Saturday

Mass, Mango Shaped Space

Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society

Stork, Marcello in the Real World


Cisneros, House on Mango Street

Crowe, Getting Away with Murder

Frazier, The Other Half of my Heart

Houston, New Boy

Lester, Day of Tears

Naidoo Burn My Heart

Ryan, Esperanza Rising

Yang, American Born Chinese


Abdel-Fattah, Does My Head Look Big in This?

Alvarez,  Before We were Free

Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Bernier Grand, In the Shade of the Nispero Tree

Desai, Born Confused

Joseph, Color of My Words

Kadohata, Kira Kira

Kim, The Season of the Long Rain

Michaelis, Tiger Moon

Osa, Cuba 15

Whelan, Homeless Bird

Socio Economic Status

Rex, The True Meaning of Smek Day

Collins, Hunger Games

Connor,  Waiting for Normal

Farmer, House of the Scorpion

Hesse, Out of the Dust

Myers, Monster

Sheth, Boys Without Names

Stead, When You Reach Me


Abdel-Fattah, Does my Head Look Big in This?

Brande, Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature

Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied

Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

Heiligman, Charles & Emma

Kelly,  The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Satrapi, Persepolis

Shalant, When Pirates Came to Brooklyn

Yolen,  Armageddon Summer

Zusak, The Book Thief

Sexual Orientation

Blume, Forever

Doyle, I Love You, Beth Cooper

Friend, For Keeps

Hartinger, Geography Club

Howe, Totally Joe

Katcher, Almost Perfect

LaRochelle, Absolutely, Positively Not

Levithan, Boy Meets Boy

McDonald, Boys, Bears and Hiking Boots

Wittlinger, Parrotfish


Brugman, Finding Grace

Davis, Mare’s War

Golding, Lord of the Flies

Huxley, Brave New World

Kelly, Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Lowry, The Giver

Singer, Feather Boy

Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer