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Books in this category include stories about kinds of families and activities that families do, such as celebrating holidays, adopting children and communicating across generations.
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1.   ABC: A Family Alphabet Book
Bobbie Combs (Author), Desiree Keane (Illustrator), Brian Rappa (Illustrator)
This book teaches the alphabet to young children while exposing them to different and diverse kinds of families and people.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
 
2.   All Families Are Different
Sol Gordon (Author), Vivien Cohen (Illustrator)
This nonfiction picture book reassures students that there is no such thing as "normal" when it comes to families, and that family differences should be celebrated. The author touches upon a wide range of family differences and issues including adoption, multiracial families, foster care, religion and same sex headed families.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
3.   All the Colors We Are
Katie Kissinger (Author), Wernher Krutein (Photographer)
Photographs of diverse people illustrate the story of how humans get their skin color.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
4.   Almond Cookies and Dragon Well Tea
Cynthia Chin-Lee (Author), You Shan Tang (Illustrator)
A young girl visits the home of her Chinese-American friend and makes many discoveries about her friend's cultural heritage.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
5.   Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman (Author), Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
A young African-American girl discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
6.   Black Is Brown Is Tan
Arnold Adoff (Author), Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
First published in 1973, this book marked the first acknowledgment of an interracial family in children's book publishing. The author uses lyrical text--an African American mother, "the skin color of chocolate," and a Caucasian father, "who's skin is not white, but light in color with tans and pinks and all the colors of the rainbow,"--to paint a portrait of a loving and natural family setting. McCully has updated the illustrations with watercolor paintings to show the brown-skinned momma, the white daddy, and the two children in a 21st-century setting.
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
 
7.   Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl
Written and Photographed by
Perry Schwartz
The story of nine-year old Carolyn, who was adopted from Honduras when she was a baby, told in her own words, illustrated with photographs.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
8.   Cooper's Lesson
Sun Yung Shin (Author), Kim Cogan (Illustrator)
This is a story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper, who has a Korean mother and a white, American father, is called "half and half" by his cousin. With his mixed heritage, the boy doesn't know where he fits in. When he goes to the Korean grocery, he is overwhelmed by a language of which he knows very little. He concludes that Mr. Lee, the owner, is laughing at him. In retaliation, Cooper shoplifts a brush for his mother. Caught in the act, he must work off his debt and learns that Mr. Lee's life in the United States has been difficult because of the language barrier. The man also listens to Cooper's frustrations. Eventually, the two come to a better understanding of their own and one another's problems.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
9.   Courtney's Birthday Party
Ron Garnett (Illustrator), Loretta Long (Author)
A young girl is not allowed to invite her African-American friend to her birthday party.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
10.   Daisy and the Doll
Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Michael Medearis (Author)
A young girl living in rural Vermont tells about an experience related to being an African-American student in a predominantly white community.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
11.   Families Are Different
Written and Illustrated by
Nina Pellegrini
An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
12.   From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Written by
Jacqueline Woodson
Melanin Sun's mother, an African-American woman, tells him that she is in love with a white woman. Melanin feels confused and upset as he tries to understand issues about sexuality, racial identity and love.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
 
13.   Goin' Someplace Special
Patricia C. McKissack (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African-American girl experiences a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town, the public library.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
14.   Growing Up Biracial: Trevor's Story
Bethany Kandel (Author), Carol Halebian (Photographer)
Ten-year-old Trevor Sage-el describes his life at home and at school, his feelings about being the son of a white mother and a black father, and what he likes and does not like about being biracial. “Sometimes people ask me, ‘What are you?’,” observes Trevor. “I usually answer, ‘Human.’ I have friends of all colors. I don’t want to have to choose between black and white. I’m both, and I like it.”
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
 
15.   Hope
Isabell Monk (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
After someone asks whether she's "mixed", second-grader Hope, a biracial child, wonders what that means. Her great aunt assures her that as the child of a white father and an African-American mother, she represents "generations of faith mixed with lots of love.” As she listens to Aunt Poogee recount her family’s history and the story behind her name, Hope learns to feel proud of her biracial heritage and how to handle questions about her racial status in the future.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
16.   How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story
Eve Bunting (Author), Beth Peck (Illustrator)
Caribbean "boat people" seek haven in America.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
17.   Living in Two Worlds
George Ancona (Illustrator), Maxine B. Rosenberg (Author)
A photo-essay about the special world of biracial children.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
18.   Loving v. Virginia: Lifting the Ban against Interracial Marriage
Written by
Susan Dudley Gold
Part of the Supreme Court Milestones series, this book explores the case that challenged and eventually overturned Virginia's anti-miscegenation law in response to Richard and Mildred Loving's arrest in 1958 for being partners in an interracial marriage. The book traces the court case from its historical roots to its continuing impact today and shows readers how cases proceed through the court system. A list of Web sites and cases and statutes related to the decision are included for further investigation.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
 
19.   Night Golf
Cedric Lucas (Illustrator), William Miller (Author)
A young African-American boy finds his way around the racial barriers of the 1960s and learns to play golf.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
20.   Niña Bonita
Ana María Machado (Author), Rosana Faria (Illustrator)
The story of an albino bunny that loves the beauty of a girl's dark skin and wants to find out how he can get black fur.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
21.   Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog
Written by
Graham McNamee
Keath and his best friend Lynda are in the fourth grade. Some kids call Lynda Zebra," because her mother's black and her father's white. And Keath is "Whitey." "He's vanilla in a chocolate school" where Toothpick, a bully, has it in for him. Lynda and Keath both love dogs. Dogs don't care about what color is the right one. Dogs don't hate anybody. Their favorite dog is Leftovers, Lynda's three-legged beagle. When he got hurt, his first owners gave up on him, but Lynda and Keath turn him into a winner, a pooch that shows Keath that sometimes it's good to stand out, to be special, and that even when you look different, there are ways to fit in.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
22.   Ola Shakes It Up
Joanne Hyppolite (Author), Warren Chang (Illustrator)
Nine-year-old Ola and her family have moved to an all-white suburban neighborhood, and she and her brother and sister must adjust to being the only black students in their school. Though her old home was in a rough Boston neighborhood, it was familiar and Ola loved it. After several weeks in her new community, Ola accepts that her family is not going to move back to the city, so she devises a plan to transform her new neighborhood into a place she can call home.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
23.   Skin Again
Bell Hooks (Author), Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. The book emphasizes the freedom that comes from looking beyond skin and learning to cherish our inner “treasures.”
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
24.   Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Deborah Hopkinson (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
A young girl stitches a quilt with the map pattern she used to escape to freedom.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
25.   Tar Beach
Written and Illustrated by
Faith Ringgold
Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name, a young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home claiming all she sees for herself and her family.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
26.   The Adventures of Sugar and Junior
Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Nancy Poydar (Illustrator)
Two neighborhood children enjoy playing games, making cookies and going to the movies.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
27.   The Bus Ride
William Miller (Author), John Ward (Illustrator)
A young African-American child protests an unjust law in this story loosely based on Rosa Parks' historic refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1953.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
28.   The Friendship
Max Ginsburg (Illustrator), Mildred D. Taylor (Author)
Children learn dignity and pride in the face of racism.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
29.   The Jacket
Andrew Clements (Author), McDavid Henderson (Illustrator)
Phil, a young white boy, accuses Daniel, an African-American boy, of stealing Phil's brother's jacket, and both boys learn a lot as they uncover the truth about the jacket.
 
30.   The Rabbits’ Wedding
Written and Illustrated by
Garth Williams
The reissue version of this 1950s classic tells the sweet story of two little rabbits who plan a wedding and live “happily ever after in the friendly forest.” It became the subject of controversy because it dealt with the marriage of a black to a white rabbit, and was removed from circulation in some locales for promoting racial integration. Though the book was never intended to be about race (Williams created rabbits of different colors so his young readers could tell the two apart), it can be used to normalize and celebrate interracial relationships.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
 
31.   The Skin I'm In
Written by
Sharon Flake
Maleeka Madison is lacking in self-confidence because she feels that her skin is too dark. Miss Saunders, who's skin is blotched with a rare skin condition, teaches Maleeka about loving who she is and being comfortable in her "own skin."
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
 
32.   The Well: David's Story
Written by
Mildred D. Taylor
In the early 1990s, David's rural Mississippi family shares their well water with black and white neighbors.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
33.   We Are All Alike... We Are All Different
Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergarten (Author), Laura Dwight (Illustrator)
A group of kindergarteners describe their similarities and differences in relation to their classmates.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
 
34.   We Are All The Same Inside
Written and Illustrated by
Timothy D. Bellavia
Using a multi-media format, children are introduced to Sage—an alien with no outside skin—who explores diversity and teaches that we are all the same on the inside. Information about doll workshops and instructional materials available at http://www.weareallthesameinside.com.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
35.   When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
Pam Muñoz Ryan (Author), Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of over 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her character, and the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. This portrait of Anderson takes us from her childhood, singing in church, to her rejection from a music school that barred "colored" people, to her rise to prominence despite the racial barriers of the times. The book includes evocative illustrations and lyrics from some of Anderson's songs.
[Grade Level: 1 - 5]
 
36.   White Lilacs
Written by
Carolyn Meyer
A young girl's community is threatened when white people decide to forcibly relocate African-American families to make room for a new park.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
37.   White Socks Only
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)
A grandmother tells the story about her first trip into town during the days of segregation in Mississippi.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
38.   You Be Me I'll Be You
Written and Illustrated by
Pili Mandelbaum
A brown-skinned girl and her white father experiment to see what it would be like to have the other's skin color.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
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