Diverse books are a vital part of any classroom. This is especially true when there are English Language Learners in the room. Students need access to books that have characters that look like them and come from similar backgrounds to them. They also need to read about places and characters that are different from them. Take a look at these lists of diverse books for ELLs.
Students benefit when the books that teachers use as mentor texts and read alouds are diverse as well. A great goal is to have a diverse selection of books in each category of book you have in your library and each genre you cover during the school year.
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Diverse Books for ELLs
Diverse Leveled Readers for ELLs– Here are some recommendations for fiction and nonfiction leveled readers to use for guided reading.
10 Diverse Graphic Novels for ELLs Graphic novels with a diverse set of characters including those from different countries.
8 Wordless Picture Books for ELLs Wordless Picture books give students a chance to focus on the pictures. Students can talk or write as they create their own versions of the story.
10 Diverse Back to School Books for ELLs– Books to start out the school year about children from diverse backgrounds, starting at a new school, and explaining the importance of their names.
6 Books about Schools Around the World– Help students learn about different cultures and countries with books that give information about schools from around the world.
9 Books about Women Around the World for ELLs – Books about famous women from around the world.
Diverse Books for ELLs- Family
10 Diverse Books about Mothers and Families for ELLs – Books about mothers and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Diverse Books for ELLs- Seasons
6 Fall Books for ELLs– Fall themed books about what happens in Autumn and holidays that occur in the Fall.
11 Summer Books from Around the World – Books about diverse kids and customs from around the world.
10 Spring Books for ELLs – Books about the environment, animal and plant life cycles, and other outdoor topics with diverse characters and settings.
10 Winter Books with Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors – Books with winter themes that are written by a diverse range of authors for students to enjoy
Diverse Books for ELLs- Holidays
7 Valentine’s Day Books for ELLs – Books about world cultures, idioms, simple facts, and examples of love.
Thanksgiving Read Alouds for ELLs – Books that build students background knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving and learn about how people celebrate the holiday today.