Multicultural/Diverse Fiction

Hundreds of multicultural picture books, both fiction and non-fiction, and several lengthier biographies, are listed in my World Cultures, Black History, and Native Americans listings in the Subject drop down menu.

Note that this list contains many works of historically-based fiction and a few memoirs I wanted to highlight.
Click on the title to find my review.

Early Chapter Books:

Anna Hibiscus (Nigeria)
The Buried Bone Mystery (African American, Latino)
Catalina Incognito (Latina)
Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow (Latino)
Gloria’s Way (African American)
Go Well, Anna Hibiscus (Nigeria)
Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus (Nigeria)
Here Comes Lolo (South Africa)
Juana and Lucas (Columbia)
Little Pear: The Story of a Little Chinese Boy
Lulu and the Cat in the Bag (Black British)
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Meet Yasmin (Pakistani American)
More Stories Julian Tells (African American)

My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood
The No. 1 Car Spotter (Nigeria)
The Pai Pai Pig (Taiwan)
Phoebe the Spy (African American)
Ruby Lu, Brave and True (Asian American)
Seesaw Girl (Korea)
Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister? (India)
Starring Grace (African American)
The Stories Julian Tells (African American)
Teeny Houdini: The Disappearing Act (Chinese-American)
Too Small Tola (Nigeria)

Fiction for Elementary and Up:

Adventures with Waffles (Norway)
All-of-a-Kind Family (Orthodox Jewish)
Astrid the Unstoppable (Norway)
Audrey of the Outback (Australia)
Azzi In Between (Middle Eastern refugee)
Birchbark House (Anishinabe)
Chike and the River (Nigeria)
The Children of Noisy Village (Sweden)
Cloud Tea Monkeys (Himalayan)
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness (Latina)
Cody and the Heart of a Champion
Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe

Dreamer (Chile)
The Day My Father Became a Bush (Refugee)
The Dream Stealer (Mexico)
The Family Under the Bridge (French)
The Fastest Boy in the World (Ethiopia)
Finding Langston (African American)
The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle (Syrian refugee)
From the Desk of Zoe Washington (African American)
The Golden Basket (Belgium)
The Great Cake Mystery (Botswana)
The Happy Orpheline (France)
Heart of a Samurai (Japan)
The High World (Austria)

Home of the Brave (Sudanese Refugee)
The House of Sixty Fathers (China)
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse (Lakota)
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (Asian American)
Jackie and Me (African American)
Journey to Topaz (Asian American)
Leopard Boy (Oman)
Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing
Little Man (Caribbean)
Locomotion (African American)
Lola Levine is Not Mean (Latina/Jewish)
A Long Walk to Water (Sudan)
The Lucky Stone (African American)
Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring (African American)

Mikis and the Donkey (Corfu)
Mysterious Traveler (North Africa)
The Mystery of Meerkat Hill (Botswana)
New Kid(African American)
Nobody Can Stop Don Carlo (Germany/Italy)
Pancakes – Paris
Prairie Lotus
Rasmus and the Vagabond (Sweden)
Rickshaw Girl (Bangladesh)
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (African American)
Salsa Stories (Latinx)
Sigurd and his Brave Companions (Norway)
Small Mercies
Sleeping with the Light On (Guatemala)
Snow Treasure (Norway)
The Spettecake Holiday (Sweden)
Ting Ting (Asian Canadian)
The Toothpaste Millionaire (African American)

The Trumpeter of Krakow (Poland)
The Turtle of Michigan (Omani immigrant)
The Turtle of Oman
Twenty and Ten (France)
Water Buffalo Days (Vietnam)
Ways to Grow Love (African American)
Ways to Make Sunshine (African American)
The Wheel on the School (Netherlands)

Middle Grade and Up:

All of the Above (African American)
Amal Unbound (Pakistan)
Becoming Naomi Leon (Latina)
Black Brother, Black Brother (African American)
The Blackbird Girls (Russian)
The Bone Sparrow (Rohingya refugee in Australia)
Breaking Stalin’s Nose (USSR)
Brown Girl Dreaming (African American)
Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk (El Salvador refugees)
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (Zimbabwe)
Catherine’s War (Jewish Holocaust)
Class Act (African American)
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (African American)
Dragon Hoops (African American)
A Duet for Home (Asian American)
Efren Divided (Mexican American)
An Elephant in the Garden (Germany)
The Eleventh Trade (Afghani refugee)
Escape from Aleppo
Escape from Syria
Front Desk (Asian American)

Ghost (African American)
Gone to Drift (Jamaica)
Hidden (Jewish Holocaust)
Illegal (Ghanaian migrants)
Inside Out & Back Again (Vietnamese refugee)
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel (Iranian American)
Journey of Dreams (Guatemala asylum seeker)
Land of the Cranes (Mexican American)
The Last Mapmaker (Asian)
The Lions of Little Rock (African American)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (African American)
A Long Pitch Home (Pakistani American)
The Mzungu Boy (Kenya)
Night on Fire (African American)
Nowhere Boy (Syrian refugee in Belgium)
Odette’s Secrets (Jewish/France)

One Crazy Summer (African American)
The Only Road (Guatemalan asylum seeker)
Oranges in No Man’s Land (Beirut, Lebanon)
Patina (Black American)
Red Butterfly (China)
The Red Pencil (Sudan)
Revolution (African American)
Samira Surfs
The Secret of the Blue Glass (Japan)
Shadow on the Mountain (Norway)
A Single Shard (Korea)
Son of a Gun (Liberia)
Stella by Starlight (African American)
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees (multiple)
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (Iceland)
The Story That Cannot Be Told (Romania)

Three Keys (Asian American)
Tiger Boy (India)
The Vine Basket (China/Uyghur)
Welcome to Nowhere (Syria)
What Elephants Know (Nepal)
When Stars Are Scattered (Somali-American)
Without Refuge (Kurdish Syrian refugee)
A Year without Mom (Russia)

Young Adult and Up:

All-American Boys (African American)
The Bitter Side of Sweet (Cote d’Ivoire)
Dragon Hoops (African American, Asian American)
Everything Sad is Untrue (Iranian-American)
Ground Zero (Afghanistan)
March (African American)
Refugee (Jewish, Cuban, and Syrian refugees)
Soul Lanterns (Japan/Hiroshima)
Superman Smashes the Klan (Chinese-American)
Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers (multiple Native American nations)
Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
The Unwanted (Syrian refugees)