Picture Books About Interracial Families

I grew up in an interracial family: I am Chinese and was adopted by white parents in small town, USA. These picture books celebrating interracial families are great for mixed kids, who may feel like they don’t belong. They can help transracially adopted kids feel less alone. For kids not living in an interracial family, it offers a new perspective of a life outside of their own.

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Picture Books about Interracial Families

Mixed Me!My Heart Full of All: A Diverse, Multiracial, Inclusive and Multicultural Picture Book for ChildrenI Am Whole: A Multi-Racial Children's Book Celebrating Diversity, Language, Race and Culture

 

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs

Mike is mixed-race and has lots of questions about it. This picture book is sweet and celebrates what being mixed means.

My Heart Full of All by Jia Shao

Jia Shao is the mother of a biracial kid. Instead of choosing one culture or the other, this book focuses on joy and acceptance. There isn’t any mention of skin color and instead focuses on the inside.

I Am Whole by Shola Oz

Our differences make us whole. This positive picture book celebrates kiddos with different mixed backgrounds. 

Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff

A white dad and a black mom with “tan” kids talk about the unique makeup of their family and celebrate their love for each other in this beautiful book!

You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan

New parents, white and Asian, find joy in all of the ‘firsts’ their baby is experiencing. This book is tender and sweet and normalizes interracial families. 

Grandfather Counts by Deborah Short

A young girl who only speaks English works hard to communicate with her Chinese-speaking grandfather. Through counting objects in each language, the pair form a strong bond and develop appreciation for the other. 

 

Maisie’s Scrapbook by Samuel Narh

A girl named Maisie with a white mother and a Black father appreciates the different cultures of her parents and how she gets to be part of both of them. Her father plays the marimba and her mama plays the viola. Together, they make beautiful music.

Lulu the One and OnlyDumpling SoupThe Hello, Goodbye Window

 

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster

The big kitchen window at Nanna and Poppa’s house is a magical haven for one special little girl. Outside it, her family gathers together for games in the yard, and inside the kitchen, her family eats delicious meals together. 

Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan

Marisa is Hawaiian, but her extended family is a beautiful combination of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hawaiian. When they all get together to make dumpling soup, Marisa worries that no one will eat her strange-looking dumplings that combine each piece of her family’s heritage. 

Lulu the One and Only by Lynnette Mawhinney

Despite being proud to be part of her multiracial family, Lulu doesn’t like getting asked her ethnicity. With the help of her family and friends, Lulu develops a power phrase that she can say that expresses how she sees herself! 

Marisol MacDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown

To everyone else, it seems that Marisol just doesn’t match. She’s doesn’t fit in the box of Peruvian girls, Scottish girls, or American girls, that’s because she’s all three! Spunky Marisol knows that having lots of cultures in her family makes her special, and she’s learned to appreciate all of them.

I Love Saturdays y domingosJalapeno BagelsA Normal Pig

 

I Love Saturdays and Domingos by Alma Flor Ada

A young girl spends Saturdays with her grandparents that speak English and Sundays with the other side of the family that speaks Spanish. Each side of the family is different, but both parallel each other in terms of love and laughter. 

Jalepeno Bagels by Natasha Wing

Pablo must bring in a dish representing his family’s culture for his school’s international day. Problem is, he can’t choose between his father’s challah bread and his mother’s Mexican baked breads. His parents work to help him find a happy medium between the two.

A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele

Pip is a normal pig, but soon starts feeling different from her classmates. This book is great for multiple age ranges since younger students can enjoy a fun story and older ones can siphon deeper lessons about bullying and kindness. The author is biracial and drew inspiration from her own experiences.

I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother by Selina Alko

Mama has strawberry cream skin, Dad has chocolate skin. A little boy with ‘peanut butter’ skin wonders what his new baby brother will look like when he is born. 

My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin

A child’s two grandmothers hail from different places; one from England and the other from the Caribbean. At first the two cultures seem to clash, but the grannies’ common love for their grandchild draws them together. 

My Two Grandads by Floella Benjamin

Two grandpas from extremely different countries come together to make some music in a united show of love for their grandchild.

Life With My Family by Renee Hooker

A young girl with an interracial family lets her imagination run wild with scenes of her family members acting as a herd of buffalo, a swarm of bees, and more.

Picture Books About Transracial Adoptions

Shaoey and Dot: Bug Meets BundleReal Sisters PretendI Love You Like Crazy Cakes...and More Stories About Families

 

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis

Based on Lewis’ own experiences, a woman goes to China to adopt a baby girl. This story celebrates love, sacrifice, and the joys and pains of building a new family. 

Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman

When Dot, a ladybug, meets an abandoned young girl, a friendship quickly forms. Artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his family have been open about their adoption and have created several books in the Shaoey and Dot series.

Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert

Sisters-by-adoption Mia and Tayja pretend play and imagine coming home to both their birth mother and their adoptive mother, celebrating the fact that both women are part of their story. 

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