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Best Children’s Books for Transracial and Interracial Families

Thanks to ABC Family’s new series The Fosters for sponsoring this post. Click here to see more of the discussion. Also, watch the premiere of The Fosters on Monday, June 3 at 9/8c only on ABC Family.

The numbers of transracial families in North America continue to increase, but it can still be difficult to find stories for children of transracial families in TV or in books. After hearing about ABC Family’s new millennial series The Fosters, I wanted to put together a set of resources to illustrate to young children the notion of diversity in families and relationships.

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  • A Mother for Choco 1 of 12
    A Mother for Choco
    Choco is a little bird without a family. This story tells of his search for a loving parent. With its bright illustrations and minimal repetitive text, this is an excellent choice for storytime with children ages 3-6.

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  • A Rainbow of Friends 2 of 12
    A Rainbow of Friends
    Written and illustrated for children ages 3-5, this story celebrates the way our different colors, sizes, personalities, and talents make us special.

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  • Brown Like Me 3 of 12
    Brown Like Me
    Noelle identifies the beauty of being brown-skinned by identifying the brown color all around her. This story helps any child trying to find him or herself reflected in the people and things around them, and is especially geared towards children in multi-racial families.

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  • I Don’t Have Your Eyes 4 of 12
    I Don't Have Your Eyes
    This is a beautifully illustrated book for children aged 2-5 designed to help create the important bond between parent/caregiver and child, no matter the physical differences outside.

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  • Mommy’s Heart Went Pop 5 of 12
    Mommy's Heart Went Pop
    Adoptive parents have a special and powerful kind of love. This story introduces the tender love and beauty of adoption, particularly international adoption, to children and families.

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  • The Colors of Us 6 of 12
    The Colors of Us
    Lena wants to paint a picture of herself, but as she walks through her neighborhood with her artist mother, she learns that all people are brown, all different and beautiful shades of brown.

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  • The Skin You Live In 7 of 12
    The Skin You Live In
    Using rhyming verses and cheerful pictures, this book looks at the diversity of human beings by focusing on skin the many experiences you have in your skin, the shades it comes in, and the things skin is not and how skin can make people both the same and different at the same time.

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  • We Belong Together 8 of 12
    We Belong Together
    This book explores ways that people make families in a kid-friendly way, showing that family is about sharing your home and your heart. Apart from the title, this book never uses the word adoption or refers to the adoption process.

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  • We’re Different, We’re the Same 9 of 12
    We're Different, We're the Same
    Sesame Street characters teach young children about racial harmony by comparing the noses, hair, and skin of muppets, monsters, and humans. They discover how different we are, and also how much we are alike.

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  • Whoever You Are 10 of 12
    Whoever You Are
    Using colorful folk art style oil paintings and joyful lines, Whoever You Are illustrates the world's diverse cultures and the things that bind all people together.

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  • Yafis Family: An Ethiopian Boys Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption 11 of 12
    Yafis Family: An Ethiopian Boys Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption
    Yafi talks with his parents and sisters about their experience bringing him into their family from Ethiopia by telling stories, sharing memories, and looking at photographs. The words and the full-page illustrations help portray the child's longing for his birth family as well as his bond with his adoptive family.

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  • You’re Not My Real Mother 12 of 12
    You're Not My Real Mother
    Geared towards children in preschool and kindergarten, this is a story of an adoptive mother explaining to her daughter all the reasons why she is the girl's "real mother" even though they do not look alike.

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The new show The Fosters launches on ABC Family on Monday, June 3rd at 9/8c. Featuring a multi-ethnic family mix of biological, adoptive, and foster children being raised by two moms, the show portrays a transracial family – something that families like mine are thrilled to see reflected back in the media.

 

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