Books for Kids- Transracial & Black
- The Lamb-a-roo by Diana Kimpton (ages 2+). A mama kangaroo adopts a lamb. The lamb becomes unhappy about not being able to jump. In the end he finds out that he is loved for who he is and that he also doesn't want his mother to change. The book also has very pretty illustrations.
- W.I.S.E. Up Powerbook by Marilyn Schoettle (6-teens). Great resource for helping older kids handle personal and general questions about adoption. This one is a must have for parents and kids alike. I used this as a discussion starter to be read to my kids when they were in early to mid elementary school and then left is where they could access it when they were older.
- Shades Of Black by Sandra
and Myles Pinkney (4-8) This great picture book celebrates the
diversity of the African American community. It covers different
shades of skin and eyes and different hair textures. All are
beautiful and all are black.
- I Love My Hair! by Natasha
Tarpley (3-8) Finally a book that celebrates black hair. The young
girl and her mom talk about all the possibilities for her hair
while they are working through her nightly hair routine. The water
colors are beautiful as is the mother-daughter bond. This is not an
adoption book, but a very useful addition to your library if you
have a black girl.
- All the Colors of the
Earth by Sheila Hamanaka (6-10) This book fills the niche for
older kids of color. The artwork is great, and so is the message of
the beauty of all skin tones and hair textures. I think sometimes
we stop talking about these issues as our children age, but that is
when our kids need our support the most.
- Rainbow Fish to the Rescue
and Rainbow Fish and The Big Blue Whale by Marcus Pfister
(K-1st Grade) Great books with beautiful images that addresses
tolerance of those who are different, or about doing what is right,
even if it is not popular.
- We're Different, We're the
Same (4-8) Another great Sesame Street book that shows the
ways in which all people are the same, despite obvious physical
- It's Ok to be Different by
Todd Parr (3-6) This book simply shares the message forl us all
that it's okay to be different.
- Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
(K-grade 3) This book has a simple message. No matter who we are or
what we look like we are all the same.
- Freedom Summer by Deborah
Wiles (ages 4-8) A story about the friendship of two boys, one
white and the other African American, during the aftermath of the
Civil Right Act.A message of overcoming differences.
- The Other Side by
Jacqueline Woodson (ages 5 and up) A story of two girls breaking
down barriers of race as they befriend each other.
- Tomas and the Library Lady
by Pat Mora (4-8) Based on the true story of a young boy who
started his life as a migrant worker but because of a librarian who
inspired his love of books became a chancellor of a
- My Pig Amarillo by Satomi
Ichikawa (pre-K-grade 1) The story of two very different
friends...a Gutemalan boy and a yellow pig. This story addresses
friendship, love, and learning to let go.