Multicultural Literature By Subject Area:

Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, and Special Education

The goal of this list is to provide ideas for high quality literature that could be used in content areas to support student learning. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but the goal is to help teachers and parents begin thinking about how to integrate reading into other subject areas. The subject area lists are organized by age/grade level from less advanced to more advanced. Also, note that many of the books cross multiple genres, so a math book may be appropriate in the history context as well. 

Subject Areas


Book Title: My Granny Went to Mark: A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme Author: Stella Blackstone and Christopher Corr Topic: Counting Ages: 3-7 years Book Title: Great Migration: An American Story Author: Jacob Lawrence Topic: Population shifts (quantity) Ages: 4-8 years Book Title: One Grain of Rice Author: Demi Topic: Exponents, doubling, patterns Ages: 4-8 years Book Title: Two of Everything Author: Lily Toy Hong Topic: Doubling Grades: Preschool - 3rd Book Title: First Day in Grapes Author: L. King Perez Topic: Problems solving using math Grades: 3-5 Book Title: Hannah, Divided Author: Adele Griffin Topic: Enjoying math Grades: 3-5 Book Title: Number Stories of Long Ago Author: David Eugene Smith Topic: Number systems Grades: 3-7 Book Title: Slay Author: Brittany Norris Topic: Coding Grades: 6-9 Book Title: The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger Topic: Number sense, algebra, geometry, problem solving Grades: 7-10 Book Title: Math Girls Author: Hiroshi Yuki Topic: Intro to advanced mathematics Grades: 9-12 Book Title: Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Author: Sanjoy Mahajan Topic: Problem Solving Grades: High School Book Title: Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World Author: Amir Alexander Topic: Calculus Grades: High School


Title: Stripes of All Types: Rayas de todas las tallas Author: Susan Stockdale Topic: Striped animals Ages: 2-6 years Title: Counting the Stars: The Story of Katerine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome Topic: Space exploration Grades: Preschool- 3rd Title: CeCe Loves Science Author: Vashti Harrison Topic: Inquiry; scientific method Grades: Preschool-3rd Title: Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom Author: Teresa Robeson Topic: Physics Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd Title: Song for a Whale Author: Lynne Kelly Topic: Deafness; Sound Waves; Marine Biology Grades: 3rd - 7th Title: Project Mulberry Author: Linda Sue Park Topic: Silkworms Grades: 5th - 7th Title: Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified Author: Bunpei Yorifuji Topic: The Periodic Table Grades: 5th and up Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Author: William Kamkwamba Topic: Electricity; inquiry Grades: 5th - 9th Title: Carver: A Life in Poems Author: Marilyn Nelson Topic: Agriculture Grades: 5th - 9th Title: Laughing At My Nightmare Author: Shane Burcaw Topic: Muscular Dystrophy Grades: 9th-12th Title: Girl Decoded: A Scientist's Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Brining Emotional Intelligence to Technology Author: Rana el Kaliouby Topic: Humanizing Technology Grades: Late high school Title: The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist Author: Ben Barres Topic: Neuroscience Grades: 12th/AP


Book Title: Drum Dream Girl Author: Margarita Engle Topic: Drumming Ages: Preschool - 3rd grade Book Title: Trombone Shorty Author: Troy Andrews Topic: Jazz; trombone Ages: Preschool - 3rd grade Book Title: Strange Fruit: Billie Holliday and the Power of a Protest Song Author: Gary Golio Topic: Jazz; Protest songs Ages: 3rd - 6th grade Book Title: Hip Hop Speak to Children Author: Nikki Giovanni Topic: Hip hop Ages: Grades 3 and up Book Title: Garvey's Choice Author: Nikki Giovanni Topic: Chorus Ages: Grades 3 - 7 Book Title: Blackbird Fly Author: Erin Entrada Kelly Topic: Guitar Ages: Grades 3 - 7 Book Title: The First Rule of Punk Author: Celia Perez Topic: Punk music Ages: Grades 4 - 7 Book Title: Guitar Notes Author: Mary Amato Topic: Guitar Ages: Grades 7 - 12 Book Title: The Poet X Author: Elizabeth Acevedo Topic: Slam Poetry Ages: Grade 7 and up Book Title: DJ Rising Author: Love Maia Topic: DJ Ages: Grades 7 and up Book Title: The Carnival at Bray Author: Jessie Ann Foley Topic: Grunge music Ages: Grades 10 - 12 Book Title: Watercolor Women, Opaque Men Author: Anna Castillo Topic: Rhythm and lyricism Ages: Late high school

Social Studies

Book Title: More Than Anything Else Author: Marie Bradby Topic: Post-Emancipation Ages: Preschool - 3rd grade Book Title: Sylvia & Aki Author: Winifred Conkling Topic: Japanese Internment; Mexican Segregation Ages: 3rd - 5th grade Book Title: Bud, Not Buddy Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Topic: The Great Depression Ages: 3rd - 6th grade Book Title: The Parker Inheritance Author: Varian Johnson Topic: Civil Rights Ages: 4th - 6th grade Book Title: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Author: Mildred D. Taylor Topic: Great Depression; Racism Ages: 5th - 8th grade Book Title: A Spy in the House Author: Y. S. Lee Topic: Victorian London Ages: 7th - 9th grade Book Title: Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of WWII Author: Joseph Bruchac Topic: World War II; Code Talkers Ages: 7th - 9th grade Book Title: The Weight of our Sky Author: Hanna Alkaf Topic: Race Riots in Kuala Lumpur (1969) Ages: 7th - 9th grade Book Title: Jazz Owls Author: Margarita Engle Topic: World War II; Jazz Age Ages: 9th - 12th grade Book Title: Flygirl Author: Sherri L. Smith Topic: World War II Ages: 8th - 12th grade Book Title: House of Purple Cider Author: Tim Tingle Topic: Native American (Choctaw) removal Ages: 9th grade and up

Special Education

Special education is an extremely broad field, and it crosses all content areas. The titles included below focus on people with exceptionalities as authors, protagonists, or both. Book Title: Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You Author: Sonia Sotomayor Topic: Diabetes (and other disabilities) Age level: Pre-k - 3rd grade Book Title: My Brother Charlie Author: Holly Robinson Peete Topic: Autism Ages: 1st - 5th grade Book Title: This Kid Can Fly Author: Aaron Philip Topic: Cerebral Palsy Ages: 3rd - 7th grade Book Title: El Deafo Author: Cece Bell Topic: Deafness Ages: 3rd - 7th grade Book Title: Each Tiny Spark Author: Pablo Cartaya Topic: ADHD; PTSD Ages: 5th - 6th grade Book Title: The Wild Book Author: Margarita Engle Topic: Dyslexia Ages: 5th - 7th grade Book Title: The Place Between Breaths Author: An Na Topic: Schizophrenia Ages: 7th - 9th grade Book Title: Pinned Author: Sharon G. flake Topic: Learning disability; physical disability Ages: 8th - 9th grade Book Title: On the Edge of Gone Author: Corinne Duyvis Topic: Autism Ages: 8th grade and up Book Title: The Bite of the Mango Author: Mariatu Kamara Topic: Amputation Ages: 9th - 12th grade

Other Resources

Additional Math Books

Source: The Free Library