40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys

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Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys

 

Who doesn’t love a good book series? I still remember the excitement every time a new book in one of my favourite children’s book series came out. Book series are also great for reluctant readers, once you get them hooked on an exciting series with a main character they can identify with.

On this list of multicultural book series for girls and boys there should be something for every young reader, from picture book to chapter book series, from age 2 to 12.


40+ Multicultural Book Series for Girls & Boys


Picture Book Series for Girls


Lola 
by Anna McQuinn

Multicultural Book Series: Lola at the Library Multicultural Book Series: Lola loves Stories Multicultural Book Series: Lola reads to Leo

The Lola series follows an adorable little girl on her library and reading adventures, from story time and singing, to choosing new books and reading them with her mum and dad, or to her little brother. Lola’s imagination and her enthusiasm for books are reflected in the bright illustrations of this wonderful series. ~ African – Babies & Toddlers


Anna Hibiscus
by Atinuke

Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Song Multicultural Book Series: Splash, Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus

These vibrant picture books are a spin-off of the Anna Hibiscus Early Chapter Book series (featured below). Anna lives in Nigeria with her Canadian mother, African father, twin brother and extended African family. Not often do picture books set in Africa feature a modern, middle-class family, so these books are real gems! ~ African – Preschool


Yoon
by Helen Recorvits

Multicultural Book Series: My Name is Yoon Multicultural Book Series: Yoon and the Christmas Mitten Multicultural Book Series: Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Follow little Yoon, starting with her arrival from Korea, to experiencing Christmas and her birthday in a new country. With simple text and stunning illustrations of subtle grace, the Yoon series tells the story of a young girl and her family’s adjustment to life in the U.S. whilst honouring their own culture and traditions. ~ Asian – Elementary School


Grace
by Mary Hofmann

Multicultural Book Series: Amazing Grace Multicultural Book Series: Grace & Family Multicultural Book Series: Princess Grace Multicultural Book Series: Grace at Christmas

Amazing Grace, the book that started it all, is a modern classic! The Grace series follows the life of a determined and creative girl who is supported by the love of her mother and grandmother. Brought to life by expressive watercolour illustrations, this picture book series portrays loving family interactions and positive messages of self-affirmation. The Grace series was extended with three chapter book (see below). ~ African – PreschoolElementary School


Picture Book Series for Boys


Leo
by Anna McQuinn

Multicultural Book Series: Leo Loves Baby Time Multicultural Book Series: Leo Can Swim

Lola’s baby brother gets his own mini-series! Leo loves baby time at the library and loves to swim! And little black boys will love seeing themselves reflected in this cute baby boy and his little adventures! ~ African – Babies & Toddlers


Niño
by Yuyi Morales

Multicultural Book Series: Nino Wrestles The World Multicultural Book Series: Rudas Horrendous Hermanitas

Another award-winning mini-series that boys will love! Pretend lucha libre competitor Niño wrestles with imaginary monsters and other adversaries, most of all his younger sisters. These fun stories about imagination, play, and siblings are brought to life by Morales’ dynamic cartoon-style illustrations. ~ Hispanic – Preschool


Joshua
by Angela Johnson

Multicultural Book Series: Rain Feet Multicultural Book Series: Mama Bird, Baby Birds Multicultural Book Series: Joshua's Night Whispers Multicultural Book Series: Joshua by the Sea

The Joshua series depicts small moments in the life of a young black boy, from having fun in the rain to finding a nest of baby birds, from seeking comfort from his father when he wakes up in the middle of the night to enjoying a day at the beach with his family. The rhythmic text coupled with soft water colour illustrations give this series a soothing feel. ~ African – Preschool


Mo Jackson
by David A. Adler

Multicultural Book Series: Don't Throw it to Mo! Multicultural Book Series: Get a Hit, Mo!

Mo Jackson is a little boy with a big passion for sports. He may not be the biggest, strongest, or fastest player, but he won’t let that stop him from playing! With colourful cartoon illustrations, this award-winning new series will be hit with sports-loving boys.  ~ African – Elementary School


Chapter Book Series for Girls


Pa Lia (Jackson Friends)
by Michelle Edwards

Multicultural Book Series: Pa Lia's First Day Multicultural Book Series: Zero Grandparents Multicultural Book Series: The Talent Show Multicultural Book Series: Stinky Stern Forever

The Jackson Friends early chapter book series features a diverse bunch of school friends. Each book focuses on a different main character, from an Asian American girl’s first day at Jackson Magnet School, to a white girl’s worries around Grandparents Day, a black girl overcoming stage fright, and all three friends coming to terms with the class bully’s sudden death. A sensitive and engaging series full of warmth and humour. ~ Diverse – Elementary School


Anna Hibiscus
by Atinuke

Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus Multicultural Book Series: Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her Canadian mother, African father, twin brothers Double and Trouble, and her extended African family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, hopes to see snow, and more in these charmingly illustrated Early Chapter Books!  ~ African – Elementary School

Complete Anna Hibiscus Early Chapter Book Collection: Anna Hibiscus Complete Collection


Ruby Lu
by Lenore Look

Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Lu Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Lu Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Lu

Most of the time Ruby Lu loves being Ruby Lu: When she is the star of her own magic show, gives talks at assembly, or rides the bus to Chinatown. But sometimes she finds it hard to be Ruby Lu: When she has to go to Chinese school, her father loses her job, or her deaf cousin from China comes to live with her family. A delightful early chapter book series following the adventures of a spunky, resourceful Asian American girl. ~ Asian – Elementary School


Lola Levine
by Monica Brown

Multicultural Book Series: Lola Levine Multicultural Book Series: Lola Levine Multicultural Book Series: Lola Levine Multicultural Book Series: Lola Levine

Lola Levine likes writing in her diario, sipping her mom’s cafe con leche, eating her dad’s matzo ball soup, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. So what if she doesn’t always fit in? Young readers will be inspired by the Peruvian-Jewish girl’s big heart and creative spirit as she navigates second grade, friendship and more in true Lola style. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School


Ruby Booker
by Derrick Barnes

Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker Multicultural Book Series: Ruby Booker

Meet 8-year-old fabulous Ruby Marigold, baby sister of the popular Booker boys! She’s sweet and sassy and every bit as tough as her older siblings. She sings like nobody’s business, has a pet iguana named Lady Love, and when she grows up, she’s going to be the most famous woman animal doctor on the planet. ~ African – Elementary School


Katie Woo
by Fran Manushkin

Multicultural Book Series: Katie Woo Multicultural Book Series: Katie Woo Multicultural Book Series: Katie Woo Multicultural Book Series: Katie Woo Multicultural Book Series: Katie Woo Multicultural Book Series: Katie Woo

For Katie Woo, life is one big adventure. Join the energetic Asian American girl as she learns how to be a great classmate and friend. With an authentic and fun heroine, the Katie Woo early chapter book series will appeal to young readers everywhere. The series includes over forty books. ~ Asian – Elementary School


Grace
by Mary Hoffman

Multicultural Book Series: GraceMulticultural Book Series: Grace Multicultural Book Series: Grace

Following on from the bestselling Grace picture books series, these are chapter books about spirited young Grace and her big imagination. The fast-paced books follow Grace on her summer vacation and through some big changes in her life: The death of a family friend, a school bully, her mother’s new husband, a move to a new house and a baby on the way!  ~ African – Elementary School


Precious Ramotswe
by Alexander McCall Smith

Multicultural Book Series: Precious Ramotswe Multicultural Book Series: Precious Ramotswe Multicultural Book Series: Precious Ramotswe

The bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series with Botswana’s premier lady detective, Precious Ramotswe, as a prequel for young readers! Follow young Precious as she navigates her first cases and learns how to be a detective whilst solving the mysteries of the cake, meerkat hill and the missing lion. ~ African – Elementary School


Sofia Martinez
by Jacqueline Jules

Multicultural Book Series: Sofia Martinez Multicultural Book Series: Sofia Martinez Multicultural Book Series: Sofia Martinez Multicultural Book Series: Sofia Martinez Multicultural Book Series: Sofia Martinez Multicultural Book Series: Sofia Martinez

Lively 7-year-old Sofia Martinez loves getting attention – even if it gets her into trouble! Follow Sofia and her big family on her adventures in this fun early chapter book series! The stories stand alone and don’t need to be read in a particular order. The books are sprinkled with Spanish words and phrases and include discussion questions and writing prompts. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School

More from Sofia Martinez: Picture Perfect // The Secret Recipe // The Marigold Mess // Lights Out // Singing Superstar // Shopping Trip Trouble // Abuela’s Special Letters


Dyamonde Daniel
by Nikki Grimes

Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel Multicultural Book Series: Dyamonde Daniel

After her parents’ divorce Dyamonde Daniel moves to a new neighbourhood. The smart and confident third grader  with “wild-crazy hair” and “skinnier than half a toothpick” has to navigate a new school, new friends and more. Dyamonde’s spitfire personality, the energetic storytelling and relatable situations will have young readers hooked on this early chapter book series in no time! ~ African – Elementary School


Lulu
by Hilary McKay

Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu Multicultural Book Series: Lulu

Biracial Lulu loves every kind of animal, from polar bears to the hairiest spider. Vividly written, this warm-hearted chapter book series is perfect for readers who are moving on from early chapter books. The well-drawn multicultural characters, the humour and the kid-friendly drama will appeal to young animal lovers everywhere. ~ African – Elementary School

Complete Collection: Lulu Boxed Set #1-6

Audiobooks: The Duck in the Park and Other Stories // The Rabbit Next Door and Other Stories


Milo and Jazz Mysteries
by Lewis B. Montgomery

Multicultural Book Series: Milo & Jazz Multicultural Book Series: Milo & Jazz Multicultural Book Series: Milo & Jazz Multicultural Book Series: Milo & Jazz Multicultural Book Series: Milo & Jazz Multicultural Book Series: Milo & Jazz Multicultural Book Series: Milo & Jazz

No case too difficult to solve for young detective duo Milo and Jazz! Girls and Boys alike will easily identify with the clever detectives and will enjoy using their own detective skills in these fun, easy-to-solve early reader mysteries. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

More from Milo an Jazz: The Case of the Diamonds in the Desk // The Case of the Crooked Campaign // The Case of the Superstar Scam // The Case of the Locked Box // The Case of the Buried Bones


Katie Fry, Private Eye
by Katherine Cox

Multicultural Book Series: Katie Fry Multicultural Book Series: Katie Fry

Another spunky little detective! Katie Fry may be little, but she’s got a big brain, and she uses it to solve mysteries. Beginning readers will love hunting for clues in the pictures right along with Katie and Sherlock. Hopefully there’ll be more books to come in this fun series! ~ African – Elementary School


Keena Ford
by Melissa Thomson

Multicultural Book Series: Keena Ford Multicultural Book Series: Keena Ford Multicultural Book Series: Keena Ford

Spirited Keena lives in Washington, D.C. with her mom and older brother. She doesn’t mean to be a troublemaker, but somehow trouble always finds her, for example when her teacher thinks it’s her birthday and she doesn’t tell her that it isn’t, or when Tiffany tries to blackmail Keena with her journal. ~ African – Elementary School


Nikki and Deja
by Karen English

Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja Multicultural Book Series: Nikki & Deja

Meet neighbours and best friends Nikki and Deja. The two girls do everything together, from watching Saturday morning cartoons, and playing jacks, to jumping double Dutch at recess, and helping each other with their homework. This warm, easy-to-read chapter book series captures the joys and complexities of elementary school life, particularly friendships, with finesse and humour. ~ African – Elementary School


Sugar Plum Ballerinas
by Whoopi Goldberg

Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Multicultural Book Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas

Each of the books in this series focuses on a different main character: From reluctant ballerina Alexandrea who’d rather be a speed skater, to logical Brenda who studies anatomy books, and perfectionistic Jerzey who desperately wants to be a ballet dancer but lacks talent. With an endearing multicultural cast of characters, Sugar Plum Ballerinas is a fun easy chapter book series about friendship and staying true to yourself. ~ African – Elementary School

Complete collection: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Box Set


Pacy Lin
by Grace Lin

Multicultural Book Series: Pacy Lin Multicultural Book Series: Pacy LinMulticultural Book Series: Pacy Lin

Drawing from the author’s own childhood experiences, this series follows a young Taiwanese-American girl as she navigates living with two very different cultures. Pacy Lin encounters prejudice, struggles with acceptance, and has to learn to deal with change. Universal themes of friendship, family, and finding one’s passion in life make this light-hearted series appealing to readers of all backgrounds. ~ Asian – Elementary SchoolMiddle School


Anna Wang
by Andrea Cheng

Multicultural Book Series: Anna Wang Multicultural Book Series: Anna Wang Multicultural Book Series: Anna Wang Multicultural Book Series: Anna Wang

This series follows Anna Wang year by year from Grade 4 to 7. One year she learns about the ups and downs of friendships, the next is all about the adoption of a baby sibling from China, the following about identity and going on a trip to China, and in the last one Anna learns about family values in today’s Chinese culture. ~ Asian – Elementary SchoolMiddle School


Brianna Justice
by Sherri Winston

Multicultural Book Series: Brianna Justice Multicultural Book Series: Brianna Justice

Brianna is determined to become president of her class, just like her hero, famous celebrity chef Miss Delicious. But being president is much more challenging than she thought! Brianna faces friendship issues, fundraising failures, and a lot of self-doubt along the way. A fast-paced mini-series that realistically captures the ups and downs of the middle school years.  ~ African – Middle School


Delphine, Vonetta & Fern
by Rita Williams-Garcia

Multicultural Book Series: One Crazy Summer Multicultural Book Series: P.S. Be Eleven Multicultural Book Series: Gone Crazy in Alabama

Williams-Garcia’s award-winning trilogy about three resilient sisters in the late 60’s is heartfelt, funny and thought-provoking. It follows Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern as they spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland with their mother who abandoned them seven years earlier, deal with their father’s new girlfriend and their uncle who was traumatized serving in Vietnam, and learn surprising things about their family history. ~ African – Middle School


The Seeds of America
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Multicultural Book Series: Chains Multicultural Book Series: Forge Multicultural Book Series: Forge

Seeds of America is a bestselling historical trilogy that follows the life of 13-year-old slave Isabel during the American Revolution as she fights for her and her little sister’s freedom. Though fictional, it is based on actual events, such as the failed assassination of George Washington and the capture of Fort Washington. This multi-award-winning trilogy is a compelling read that addresses racism and the ethics of war. ~ African – Middle School


Chapter Book Series for Boys


Jaden Toussaint
by Marti Dumas

   

Jaden Toussaint is a 5 year-old scientist with a giant afro and an even bigger brain. Whether he is on a mission to convince his parents that he needs more screen time, saves his school from a (possible) alien invasion, or finally meets his match in the form of his cousin, young boys will love this all around cool dude and his hilarious adventures. ~ African – Preschool ,Elementary School


The Carver Chronicles
by Karen English

   

Each of the four books focus on a different at Carver Elementary. The first two books follow skateboard-loving friends Gavin and Richard who sometimes end up in trouble, the third one tells of Carlos who gets annoyed with his cousin for feeding his pet geckos, and in the last one Calvin is dealing with his next door neighbors moving away – and the school bully moving in. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

Miami Jackson
by Patricia McKissack

  

This series follows Miami Jackson’s third-going-on-fourth-grade life: From getting through the last few days of school before summer vacation, finding his place in summer baseball camp, to dealing with a no-nonsense new teacher with humour and irrepressible attitude. ~ African – Elementary School


Zapato Power
by Jacqueline Jules

    

One day Freddie Ramos comes home from school and finds a strange box just for him. Inside he finds Zapato Power-shoes that change his life by giving him super speed! With breezy text, infused with a few Spanish words, and cartoon-style illustrations, this is an appealing early chapter book series for boys. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School


Bobby
by Lisa Yee

 

9-year-old Bobby Ellis-Chan’s biggest problems in life are girls, dancing on stage in the school musical, and not living up to his retired football star father’s expectations. Young boys will love Bobby’s wild and out of control dilemmas and adventures in this smart and funny chapter books series. ~ Asian – Elementary School 


Calvin Coconut
by Graham Salisbury

        

Calvin Coconut lives near the beach in Hawaii, with his mom and his little sister. Mom says: “You’re the man of the house, Cal.” Which means: Be responsible. Calvin tries, but fun and trouble always get in the way. A light-hearted and lively chapter book series about a fourth-grader, full of the fun of growing up in Hawaii. ~ Diverse – Elementary School


Clubhouse Mysteries
by Sharon M. Draper

     

Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome call themselves The Black Dinosaurs, and share exciting adventures. They uncover a box of bones, discover an old railroad tunnel, blast off to space camp, and more. With humour and a touch of mystery, this chapter book series puts an emphasis on cooperation and respect. ~ African – Elementary School

Complete Collection: Clubhouse Mysteries Super Sleuth Collection


Alvin Ho
by Lenore Look

     

Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everything – girls, camping, birthday parties, babies, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’ s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man. A  drop-dead-funny and touching series with a truly unforgettable character, perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers. ~ Asian – Elementary School


Bradford Street Buddies
by Jerdine Nolen

  

Follow twins Jada and Jamal Perkins and their friends Carlita Garcia and Josh Cornell on their adventures in their multicultural neighbourhood! They enjoy a backyard campout, have fun at the neighbourhood block party, and beautify the schoolyard for Earth Day. With short chapters and beautiful illustrations, the Bradford Street Buddies series is perfect for newly independent readers (boys and girls). ~ Diverse – Elementary School


Akimbo
by Alexander McCall Smith

     

Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game reserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo helps him whenever he can – even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations, like protecting elephants from poachers, saving a lion cub from a trap, and rescueing a man from a crocodile. Adventure- and wildlife-loving boys will adore this series! ~  African – Elementary School

First 3 of the series available in a box set: The Akimbo Adventures


EllRay Jakes
by Sally Warner

        

EllRay Jakes is the shortest kid in his class, and he gets into trouble from time to time. The Ellray Jakes early chapter book series features short authentic stories about school life and peers. Ellray’s often hilarious antics are sure to keep the attention of young readers!  ~ African – Elementary School


STAT
by Amar’e Stoudemire

    

STAT (Standing Tall And Talented) is a slam-dunk chapter book series by NBA superstar Amar’e Stoudemire. Eleven-year-old Amar’e loves skateboarding and playing basketball. He takes his school work very seriously and helps out with his dad’s landscaping company. Based on the author’s life, this is a heartfelt, accessible middle-grade series about following your passion and overcoming obstacles. ~ African – Middle School


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  1. Some of these are new to me, while others a long-time favourites (especially Alvin Ho!) – what a fantastic list!!!

  2. Alex Baugh
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    Thanks for putting this together. It is a great reference source for kids and adults to consult.

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