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Books for Families Formed Through Transracial Adoption

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Inside Transracial Adoption
Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall
This ambitious undertaking is sure to become a classic. There has never been a more comprehensive guide for families whose members don't "match." Authors Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall stress the practical over the theoretical, offering specific suggestions and personal advice.

Dim Sum, Bagels, And Grits: A Sourcebook For Multicultural Families
Myra Alperson
Alperson provides a great starting point for families who are contemplating adopting across cultures or those looking for information to help raise a transracial family.

Multiracial Child Resource Book: Living Complex Identities
Maria P. Root, Matt Kelley, editors
Root and Kelley, both notable figures in the public discourse on multiracial identity, have combined scholarly essays, U.S. census analyses, and first-person testimonials into 30 chapters that chart the history, politics, and social and psychological implications of multiracial America.

Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children
Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Nakazawa's new book offers advice from both parents of children with multiracial or transracial backgrounds, and from the children themselves.

Dealing With Racism
Jen Green
Green's book is a great introduction to the idea of racism, and offers readers a diverse group of real kids with whom children can identify. Through text, illustrations, and photographs, she presents several different contexts in which racism may arise today as well as historical examples of racism and prejudice.

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Claudine C. O'Hearn
New Yorker O'Hearn, who was born in Hong Kong of an Irish-American father and a Chinese mother, tells her own story along with 17 accounts by others with biracial or bicultural backgrounds who grew up in the U.S. or emigrated here.

I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World
Marguerite Wright
This guide for parents and teachers of black children offers clear, compelling, well-grounded advice on self-esteem, shatters common myths about race, and reveals practical ways adults can instill children with positive racial identities.

Different and Wonderful: Raising Black Children in a Race-conscious Society
Dr. Darlene Powell Hopson and Dr. Derek S. Hopson
Direct and clear, this book offers a positive, realistic approach to preparing African-American children to become productive and self-respecting (actually their advice holds true for children of any minority).

Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World
Gloria G. Rodriquez, Ph.D.
Focusing on the needs and issues of children from birth to age twelve, Raising Nuestros Niños offers a wide range of information, from basic parenting issues to an overview of Latino culture.

Yellow: Race in American Beyond Black and White
Frank H. Wu
An associate professor at the Howard University School of Law, explores Asian American identity in contemporary America.

It's All Good Hair
Michele N-K Collison
Here's an excellent book for parents beginning to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of braiding, twisting, and parting—as well as those practiced in these arts who want to expand their repertoire.

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