When I first became a mother, I knew I’d need a lot of help so I consulted a wide variety of resources from friends to family to professionals. They were all immensely helpful in helping me understand and prepare for raising children. With regards to raising biracial children, however, I felt distinctly alone. No one I knew had done this before, and I was blazing a completely new trail.
So, I turned to my trusty friends The Books. They gave me access to a world I didn’t know, and taught me about things that those from my world could not. The internet and I became quite friendly too, for I was living in quite an isolated world where the internet became my only access to families like ours. These were life-changing gifts, ones that offered me deep insight into how my children’s childhoods might be different than my own, and what I could do to help them develop a healthy identity and view of themselves.Raising biracial children by Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey A. Laszloffy (2005) I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-concious World by Marguerite Wright.
While this book focuses on black children, I found a lot that is quite applicable to biracial children from any background. It’s by far the best book I’ve read on the topic.
Black Books Galore: Guide to Great African American Children’s Books by Donna Rand and Toni Trent Parker
My sister-in-law just recommended this series to me and loves it. Be sure to check out all the other titles in the series.
Check all that apply: Finding wholeness as a multiracial person by Sundee Frazier
A great resource for biracial children and their parents that reflects on how to develop wholeness in biracial identities.
Since teachers spend so much time with our kids, I’ve often longed for teachers who are more aware of how to encourage and affirm my biracial children. These are some great books that help teachers begin to acquire this knowledge.We can’t teach what we don’t know: White teachers, Multiracial Schools by Gary Howard
A seminal book in the field, the title pretty much says it all (though the book is worth reading too!).Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? and other conversations about race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
I’ve quoted this book a lot recently – it’s another classic that is a great introduction to an understanding of race and psychology. Definitely a must-read for teachers and parents alike.
The book market for books including biracial children is expanding slowly, and these are a few of my favorite ones for younger kids. You can preview all the books on Amazon.
Whoever you are by Mem Fox
The skin you live in by Michael Tyler
How my parents learned to eat by Ina R. Friendman
Two Mrs. Gibsons by Toyomi Igus
Amy Hodgepodge Series by Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts
Here are a few great lists of multicultural children’s books as well:
- National Education Association – 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read. (Organized by age)
- Reading is Fun – Multicultural Booklists
- Goodreads Best Multicultural Booklist
- 10 Great Multicultural Children’s Books
- 50 diverse chapter book series
A life with subtitles by Sarah Quezada.
Bicultural Mom by Chantilly Patiño.
Biracial Families Blog by Amber
Multiracial Sky by Natasha Sky
Musing Momma by Ellie
What other resources for biracial families do you know about and love? If you have your own blog on raising biracial kids, please leave a link to your blog in the comments!