5 Own Voices Chapter Books that you Must Add to your Classroom Library



Are you looking to add some more diverse titles to your upper elementary classroom library? Here are 5 awesome "own voices" chapter books that you should buy right now!

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

According to Kelly Yang, “Front Desk is about not giving into fear and being strong and kind even when you’re down on your luck and life is hard.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--sDoefzSrY

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

This historical fiction book brings alive a time in history that not a lot of people know about, the partition of India. It explores themes such as belonging, family and identity. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuPBCTxsdLc

El Deafo by Cece Bell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnj5STG0SZo
This is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about acceptance and being yourself. 

New Kid by Jerry Craft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCy7gjdMvjU
Jerry Craft says that this is the book that he wishes he had as a kid. It talks about racism and microaggressions in a way that students will understand and relate to.

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRS1t2bK4bA
This book features black & white images as well as collage art throughout, making it a great choice for reluctant readers. The story features themes of identity and culture. 

5 own voices chapter books that you must add to your classroom library! Books that add diversity help each student in your class to feel represented.


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