Diverse Middle Grade Books That Celebrate Everyday Heroes

From the inventions we use every day, to every day heroic acts, this list of Diverse Middle Grade Books That Celebrate Everyday Heroes will inspire kids to set out each day with a positive mindset that each day is a gift. We can choose to help others, find creative ways to make our lives easier, or just put a little magic in the world.

Comment below with other books to help our readers diversify their bookshelf at home and in the classroom with heroes we can all celebrate.

 Diverse Middle Grade Books That Celebrate Everyday Heroes  

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THE HERO NEXT DOOR
Photo Description: Book cover for THE HERO NEXT DOOR

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes another middle-grade short-story collection–this one focused on exploring acts of bravery–featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including R. J. Palacio (Wonder), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), Linda Sue Park (A Long Walk to Water), and many more.

Not all heroes wear capes. Some heroes teach martial arts. Others talk to ghosts. A few are inventors or soccer players. They’re also sisters, neighbors, and friends. Because heroes come in many shapes and sizes. But they all have one thing in common: they make the world a better place.

Published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, this vibrant anthology features thirteen acclaimed authors whose powerful and diverse voices show how small acts of kindness can save the day. So pay attention, because a hero could be right beside you. Or maybe the hero is you.

THE HERO NEXT DOOR
Edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Published by Yearling Books, We Need Diverse Books


LET IT SHINE: STORIES OF BLACK WOMEN FREEDOM FIGHTERS 
Photo Description: Book cover for LET IT SHINE

LET IT SHINE: STORIES OF BLACK WOMEN FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
Published by Clarion Books


LILY RENEE, ESCAPE ARTIST:

From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

Photo Description: Book cover for LILY RENEE, ESCAPE ARTIST
A biography in graphic novel form of Lily Renee Wilhelm, a wealthy Viennese Jewish teenager who fled alone to England at the age of 14 to escape the Nazi takeover of her country. Eventually she was able to re-join her parents in the U.S. and became a pioneer female comic book artist.

Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer
Written by Trina Robbins and Illustrated by Studio C10, Anne Timmons, and Margaret Oh 
Published by Graphic Universe


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