Favorite Diversity Books for Parents

These are for the parents, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. When we started our adoption process, we hadn’t really thought about race, white privilege, or how being a multiracial family would affect our son’s self-esteem. Boy, have we received an education in the last couple of years!

The first two books listed below deal with how people who are ethnic minorities in America develop their identity. While they don’t deal exclusively with transracial adoption, both are excellent resources and what I consider “must reads” for all multiracial families. And both books do touch on some specifics of transracial adoption.

The third book is about creating a multicultural home and environment that represents the family you’ve now become through adoption. It, too, touches on the importance of this and how it relates to your child’s identity development.

• Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Through stories about the author’s children, who are multiracial (Japanese American-caucasian), and numerous interviews with transracial adoptees, multiracial children and experts in the field, this book explores how kids at different stages of life (starting with preschool) process race and gives you ideas and sample scripts to help talk to your children about race.

• Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Talks about who racial identity develops and why it’s important to know about racial identity with sections on black, white, and multiracial identity (multiracial includes transracial adoptees).

• Dim Sum, Bagels, & Grits by Myra Alperson
An excellent book about the importance of becoming a multicultural family with ideas on how your home and life can be a reflection of your now multiracial family.

1 Response to “Favorite Diversity Books for Parents”

  1. 1 Ansley
    October 13, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Don’t forget “White Like Me” by Tim Wise! I love your site!

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