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Childrens' multiracial books about race, multiracial families and skin color.

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Pancakes With Chocolate Syrup
by Rebekah Barlow Rounce
"Young girls are sure to enjoy this cheerful, colorful celebration of two sisters of two different races, by a mother who adopted a child from Ethiopia. Beginning with an fun ode to pancakes (hence the title), the main focus of this upbeat children's book celebrates the sisters' differences (hair, skin, and eyes), with a constant refrain of embracing love. Fairies, happy children, pancakes, paints and hearts cavort on the pages in bright splashes of color. A great book celebrating mothers, daughters and diversity, for children in nursery school through kindergarten." Allison Martin
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Welcome Home Little Baby
by Lisa Harper
This a sweet adoption book for parents of babies adopted from Ethiopia, other African countries, as well as for parents adopting African American babies is a cozy way to welcome your adopted baby home. A short poem is illustrated with white parents with an adorable black baby girl in various fun, familiar settings. Suitable for babies and toddlers up to about age 3 or 4, this book is likely to become a favorite for many years.
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All Kinds of People
by Emma Damo
"This entertaining lift-the-flap book vividly portrays the diversity in a very positive format, with colorful images of children of all different sizes, hair types, skin tones, temperaments and personalities. Each page is unique and humorous, with plenty of action through pop-ups, pullouts, lift the flaps and more. An upbeat way to introduce the concept of diversity for ages from toddler through kindergarten." (Allison Martin)
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Colors Come from God Just Like Me
by Carolyn A. Forche

"Written for the author's Ethiopian grandchild; this book celebrates all colors." (Adoption Advocates International)
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A wonderful adoption book to share with your child.

Is That Your Sister?: A True Story of Adoption
by Catherine Bunin
"Shows two adopted children from two different racial backgrounds." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Girls Hold Up This World
by Jada Pinkett-Smith, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough
From the publisher: Artistic photographs enhance the positive message of Jada Pinkett Smith's inspiring poem. A renowned actress and loving mother, Smith brings warmth and heart to this celebration of young women. While so many girls today struggle with self-doubt, this poem focuses on the power ALL girls have within them, regardless of color or creed.
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Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families
by Peggy Gillespie, Gigi Kaeser

"A coffee table book; shows a wide variety of diverse families in photos and first-person narratives." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?
by Sandy Lynne Holman
"First off I have to say that I love this title - it is sadly touching and gets to the heart of our children's concerns when encountering the racism that is sadly still too prevelent - in media and in our day to day lives. In this book, a young African-American boy learns to appreciate his African heritage with his grandfather." (Allison Martin)
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An excellent for self esteem.

Black, White, Just Right!
by Marguerite W. Davol
"A bi-racial little girl enjoys the traits of both her white and black parents, and their similarities and differences with her, in this cheerful children's book." (Allison Martin)
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An excellent for self esteem.

Brown Like Me
by Noelle Lamperti
"A wonderful book for preschool and elementary age children, Brown Like Me is a fun and inventive way to encourage young children in multi-racial families to take pride in themselves and their appearance." (Allison Martin)
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All the Colors We Are : Todos los colores de nuestra piel - The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color
by Katie Kissinger, Wernher Krutein
From the publisher: Magnificent color photographs and simple, engaging language capture the essence of one way we are special and different from one another-our skin color! Answers the "what and why" questions that children love to ask. Includes unique activity ideas.
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Chicken Sunday
by Patricia Polacco
African American and Russian culture. "A story of intergenerational, interracial friendship and creativity. This popular author has many other titles that are appropriate for teaching tolerance." (Adoption Advocates International)
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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.
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Paul and Sebastian
by René Escudié and Ulises Wensell
"Paul and Sebastian is the parable of two obedient little boys who live next door, but whose mothers' do not wish them to play together because they live in different circumstances. When they get lost on a school trip they become friends and their mothers reach a new understanding. Although the boys look alike, the story is intended to be a parable of acceptance of differences." Allison Martin
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All the Colors of the Earth
by Sheila Hamanaka
From the publisher: Celebrate the colors of children and the colors of love--not black or white or yellow or red, but roaring brown, whispering gold, tinkling pink, and more.
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The Colors of Us
by Karen Katz
"An artist mother shows her daughter all the different shades of brown." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Children Just Like Me
by Anabel Kindersley, Barnabas Kindersley
"Wonderful photographs of people and places. " (Adoption Advocates International)
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black is brown is tan
by Arnold Adoff, Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
From the publisher: Black is brown is tan is a story poem about being, a beautiful true song about a family delighting in each other and in the good things of the earth.
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