Suggested Readings on Transracial Adoption

Parent Books:
Children's Books:
  • All Kinds of Children, by Norma Simon, Diane Paterson (Illustrator)
    Summary: All children need food and clothes, all like to run and play, all want to love and be loved. With this book, a child can realize that while he or she may look different on the outside, all children are alike on the inside.
  • All Kinds of Families, by Norma Simon, Caroline Rubin (Editor), Joe Lasker (Illustrator)
  • Summary: Describes families of many different types; two parent, adoptive, single parent, sibling groups, divorced, grandparents, childless and many others.
  • Just Because I Am: A Child's Book of Affirmation, by Lauren Murphy Payne, Pamela Espeland (Editor), Claudia Rohling (Illustrator)
  • Summary: Warm, simple words and enchanting illustrations build children's self-esteem.
  • You Be Me, I'll Be You, by Pili Mandelbaum
    Summary: Anna, the interracial child of a white father and black mother, explores questions and yearnings she has about her identity by "switching" skin-colors with her father. With wit, compassion and a very light and non-didactic hand, this book examines issues of concern not only to interracial children, but to all children who have ever worried about their differences.

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