Books for Biracial Children

It’s important to have someone to identify with. Everyone feels this way. It can be harder for biracial children, especially if their environment is lacking people of the same skin tone or hair type as them. We have discussed this often in the “Black Giving Back” section. Solutions include surrounding them with as much culture as possible, talking about it and educating them. I have posted a previous article suggesting positive cartoons for black and biracial children to watch. Another avenue to explore would be books. I read my six year old a book every night before bed. This is a great time to introduce books that are specific to their lives. Here are a few books made for biracial children…

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• “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match” by Monica Brown

• “black is brown is tan” by Arnold Adoff

• “That’s My Mum” by Henriette Barkow

• “Mixed Me!” by Taye Diggs

• “Chocolate Me!” by Taye Diggs

• “I Am Mixed” by Garcelle Beauvais, Sebastian A. Jones, James C. Webster

• “Mixed Blessing” by Marsha Cosman, Kyra Kendall

• “Mixed Like Me” by Gina Golliday-Cabell

• “Black, White, Just Right!” by Marguerite W. Davol, Irene Trivas

• “My Rainbow Family” by K. R. Vance

• “Mixed Me: a tale of a girl who is both black and white” by Tiffany Catledge, Anissa Riviere

• “Big Hair, Don’t Care” by Crystal Swain-Bates

• “All Mixed Up! Amy Hodgepodge No. 1” by Kim Wayans, Kevin Knotts

The previous books listed are for younger children. There are also several options for older kids to read as well…

• “The Biracial Bondage” by Joe Bama

• “Beyond Black” by Kerry Ann Rockquemore, David L. Brunsma

• “The Biracial and Multiracial Student Experience” by Bonnie M. Davis

• “Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural”

• “Growing Up Biracial: Trevor’s Story” by Bethany Kandel

• “Born Beautiful Biracial” by Tanya Hutchins

• “In Their Siblings’ Voices” by Rita James Simon, Rhonda M. Roorda

• “Multiracial America” by Karen Downing

• “Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

• “Biracial Children and Identity Development” by Elizabeth Ann Gardner

• “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids” by Kip Fulbeck, Cher, Maya Soetoro-Ng

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I think it’s important to discuss these things with biracial children. Instilling confidence in them at an early age is essential to their development. Other children can be cruel. It’s hard to be different than others you’re surrounded by. We need to be advocates for our children. Knowledge is power. Help them embrace the beauty of being two races. They have the best of both worlds! It’s our job to make sure they know that!

-Sherry Ulvick