Saturday, April 11, 2009

Baby books with transracial families?

I have a friend who has just adopted an African American baby. She and her husband are white. I want to give them some baby board books where the families are multiracial. So far I have chosen:

Global Babies, by Global Fund for Children. Babies of all ethnicities from around the world. Not multiracial families but diverse nonetheless.










More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams. Three different cute kiddos in a variety of ethnicities and family mixtures. A classic!











Diddle, Diddle Dumpling, by Tracey Campbell Pearson. One of my all time favorite nursery rhymes, illustrated here with a brown-toned family.





Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim. I reviewed this one an a couple others last year. It's one of our family favorites.









I was standing in my favorite indie bookstore with a gift certificate in hand and my mind was a blank as to what to request. Any suggestions? Help me out here please!

Edited to Add: Check out this recent post at Booklights, the PBS parent's blog about inspiring a love of reading in your children. Susan Kusel (Wizards Wireless) has a great list of suggestions.

9 comments:

susan said...

What about Carrie __________ *I Don't Have Your Eyes*? Published by EMK Press--I'm blanking on her last name now. It's written for adoptive families, looking at things that are similar and things that are different (I don't have your eyes, but I do have your way of seeing the world, e.g.) and has lots of physical diversity in the art.

Zetta Elliott said...

I bought a bunch of books for my friend, who's part of an interracial family. most are picture books, not board books, though...

black is brown is tan by Adoff, Arnold; The Colors of Us by Katz, Karen; We're Different, We're the Same by Kates, Bobbi; I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Marguerite A. Wright; Why Am I Different? by Norma Simon

Kate found lots of other books for her girls, so I'll ask her to swing by with suggestions...

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Yes of course! These are familiar to me and I will definitely look for them for my friend. I really like Black is Brown is Tan and I also have I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla in our school library.

More suggestions will be much appreciated!

Heather said...

"Everywhere Babies" has some groupings that we've decided are interracial families. :)

missinpiece said...

hi! I'm Zetta's friend... here are some more suggestions, though not all are board books:

Nina Bonita by Ana Machado and Rosana Faria; Brown Like Me by Noelle Lamperti (specifically deals with transracial adoption); Shades of Black by Sandra L. Pinkney; You Are Important (series of 5 books) by Todd Snow and Melodee Strong; Black, White, Just Right by Marguerite Davol and Irene Trivas; The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka; Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Probably more will occur to me later on... if so I will pass them on!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

I was thinking about Everywhere Babies today! We also have Shades of Black and The Goodbye Window, which I love. I will look for some of the other ones too. Thanks for all these suggestions!!

Saints and Spinners said...

Ah! I was going to say Everywhere Babies first off the bat, but Heather beat me to it. I also remember Chinese Eyes by Marjorie Ann Waybill from my childhood.

Tamar Schiffman said...

Thanks so much for featuring Global Babies on your blog! We are very proud of this book! Just to clarify - our organization's name is The Global Fund for Children, not Babies.

Thanks!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Tamar, thanks for commenting and offering that correction. I've edited the post. Global Babies was a big hit at the baby shower!