California Diverse Voices

Culturally Relevant Content from Capstone

Our 30-year commitment to cultural relevance makes Capstone’s content eligible for current state funding in California. We are thrilled to support California’s efforts to proactively maximize the cultural relevance of your teaching and learning.  



1,000+ nonfiction articles, activities, games and more in English and Spanish, correlated to content standards. 

Capstone Connect

Capstone Connect

Standards-aligned content that’s easy to find and share including activity bundles created by educators, for educators! 


Expertly curated book lists especially for California! These collections were created to help expand school and classroom libraries to reflect students’ home and community experiences. The goal is to provide ‘mirrors’ so that every child can see themselves in literature they will enjoy, and ‘windows’ that help readers cultivate empathy, acceptance, and understanding.

Featuring a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including Spanish options when available, Capstone’s books are often told from the perspective of authentic storytellers. These bundles help expand and develop a diverse collection of books with culturally relevant texts that are leveled to support independent reading.

You can access booklists below. Please contact for expert support to customize your selections or use the handy links below.

Grades K-2 Booklists

Duos (Hard Covers and eBooks), Hard Covers, Paperbacks, and eBooks

Grades 3-5 Booklists

Duos (Hard Covers and eBooks), Hard Covers, Paperbacks, and eBooks

Grades 6-8 Booklists

Duos (Hard Covers and eBooks), Hard Covers, Paperbacks, and eBooks

Popular Culturally Relevant Books
California Culturally Relevant Books Bao Phi
Bao Phi Books

Acclaimed Vietnamese American author Bao Phi deftly weaves themes of empathy, family and community, social consciousness, and identity into his gentle and poignant storytelling. His first picture book, A Different Pond, was a 2018 Caldecott Honor Book and called “a must-read for our times.”

California Culturally Relevant Books Yasmin

Pakistani American Yasmin is a creative thinker and curious explorer, always looking for ways to solve life’s little problems. Author Saadia Faruqi subtly blends Muslim traditions into fun, relatable stories perfect for beginning readers. 

California Culturally Relevant Books Camila
Camila the Star

Every adventure brings Camila Maria Flores Ortiz one step closer to her dream—being a star! But she knows that becoming famous takes a lot of hard work. New readers will love following along on Camila’s path to stardom in this early chapter book series featuring social-emotional learning themes around determination and resilience. 

California Culturally Relevant Books Max Axiom
Literacy Across Curriculum – Max Axiom

Science graphic novels with plenty of action and adventure! Readers join Max Axiom and the Society of Super Scientists as they use their superpowers and super-smarts to investigate today’s most compelling scientific issues.