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June 1, 2016

Reading Mirrors: Seeing Yourself in Books (4th–6th Grade)

There’s something incredible about seeing yourself in a book. The connections readers make as they read can help build empathy, develop emotional awareness, and even boost self-esteem. Feeling connected to a kid like you says that a life like yours is worth thinking about, exploring, and sharing.

We know you’re always on the lookout for books that reflect our incredibly diverse nation and world. That’s why we want to introduce you to a few of our favorite (and lesser-known) books that feature a range of experiences, situations, cultures, races, and backgrounds.

Picks for Fourth Grade


Confetti Girl by Diana López

Relatable and heartwarming, this novel tells the uplifting tale of a Latina middle schooler in Texas struggling to reconcile life’s realities with her hopes and dreams.




Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story by Karen Levine

When the suitcase of a Holocaust victim arrived at a museum in Tokyo, a dedicated curator went on a search for answers about its owner. The result is a profound and emotional journey of rediscovery and an unforgettable lesson in tolerance and compassion.



Rules by Cynthia Lord

Wonderfully written with both humor and heartache, this book is an honest exploration of one girl’s desire for a normal life amidst the unpredictability that her autistic brother brings to everyday moments.



Picks for Fifth Grade


Firegirl by Tony Abbott

This powerful story about a seventh grade boy who befriends a girl disfigured in a fire shows how even the smallest of gestures can have a huge impact on someone’s life.




Heat by Mike Lupica

On the field, Michael Arroyo is the star pitcher. But off the field, he and his brother are newly orphaned Cuban immigrants in the Bronx trying to survive while keeping their situation secret. An entertaining and true-to-life read!




Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Gripping and very emotional, this haunting tale follows Lanesha, a girl with an unusual gift who must use all of her intelligence and perseverance to survive Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.



Picks for Sixth Grade


Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

Packed with action and thrills, this riveting and inspiring novel is based on the real experiences of the little-known heroes of World War II who used their native language to pass coded messages and keep their fellow soldiers safe.



Drama by Raina Telgemeier 

With a focus on friendships, first crushes, and being true to yourself in the confusing world of adolescence, this fast-paced and engaging graphic novel will appeal to readers from all walks of middle school life.




Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee

Millicent is 11 years old and about to be a high school senior. Unfortunately, being a genius doesn’t equal having friends. When she finally meets someone new, she is determined to do whatever it takes to appear normal. Funny, fast-paced, and thoroughly entertaining!



Check out our previous blog posts for multicultural picks for PreK–Kindergarten and 1st–3rd grade.



Short Bios About Authors:

Lori Ess is the associate director of title presentation for Scholastic Reading Club. Before coming to Scholastic, Lori was a children’s librarian in Queens, NY. She loves fantasy, mystery, mysterious fantasies, and silly picture books for toddlers.

Catherine Alexander is a managing editor of online copy at Scholastic Reading Club. She previously worked at Sesame Workshop. So yes, she has in fact met Big Bird.



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