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Thanks for the suggestions.  Our library only has two of these books, but I will 
look into purchasing a few more.  Thanks again!

Kathleen Guinnane

Black Is Brown Is Tan by Arnold Adoff  is about an interacial family, and should be 
appropriate for a first grader. 

Black, White, Just Right by Marguerite Davol A girl explains how her parents are 
different in color, tastes in art and food, and pet preferences, and how she 
herself is different too--but just right. 

Garland, Sarah BILLY AND BELLE. Published in England awhile ago, interracial family 
has new baby.
More More More said the Baby, by Vera B. Williams, has a white grandmama with a 
black grandchild, and an Asian family too.

Hello Lulu, by Caroline Uff, Lulu´s family comes in a range of colors. Uff has done 
other books about Lulu and her family, too.

Who´s Whose, by Jan Ormerod. While not a mixed-race family, this collection of 
neighbors is of many colors, and children will love sorting them out.

The Hello Goodbye Window (by Norman Juster) doesn't focus on being biracial but 
features a biracial set of grandparents.

Two Mrs. Gibsons by Toyomi Igus  The biracial daughter of an African-American 
father and a Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and her 
father's mother, two very different but equally loving women.

Trevor's Story: Growing Up Biracial by Bethany Kandel  Ten-year-old Trevor Sage-el 
describes his life at home and at school, his feelings about being son of a white 
mother and a black father, and what he likes and does not like about being 

Cooper's Lesson by Sun Yung Shin  Cooper, confused about his half-American, 
half-Korean heritage, gains insights from Mr. Lee, the owner of the neighborhood 
grocery store, whose insistence on speaking Korean to Cooper takes the young boy 
from anger to understanding.

Shades of Black is an excellent book. Lots of photos of beautiful children from 
very light to very dark. Inspirational words about the beauty of black features. I 
think it is by one of the Pinkneys

We have a book in our collection called A Touch of the Zebras which may be 
suitable.  It's the story of a biracial child (in gr. 2) who  doesn't want to go to 
school because "one day people tell me I'm white,  and another day they tell me I'm 
black" and she gets teased. The girl  is then encouraged to be "proud to be of two 

Kathleen Guinnane
School Library Media Specialist
Belle Chasse Academy
Belle Chasse, Louisiana

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