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Under Our Skin: Kids Talk about Race
Birdseye, Debbie Holsclaw and Tom
Crum, Robert, photographer
Six young people discuss their feelings about their own ethnic backgrounds and about their experiences with people of different races.

The Dancer 
Burstein, Fred
Auclair, Joan, illustrator
A little girl and her father walk through the city on the way to her ballet class. The story is told in English, Spanish, and Japanese.

Hairs/Pelitos 
Cisneros, Sandra
Ybáñez, Terry, illustrator
A girl describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa's like a broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's with the sweet smell of bread before it's baked.

What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People 
Gaskins, Pearl Fuyo, editor
Many young people of racially mixed backgrounds discuss their feelings about family relationships, prejudice, dating, personal identity, and other issues.

We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo 
Girard, Linda Walvoord
Shute, Linda, illustrator
Nine-year-old Benjamin Koo Andrews, adopted from Korea as an infant, describes what it's like to grow up adopted from another country.

Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family
Lanier, Shannon
Feldman, Jane, photographer
Recent DNA evidence showing the link between Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, establishes the descendants of Hemings as children of Jefferson. The profiles of descendant families show the different ways some of the children led their lives-some stayed in the African American community while others did not.

Living in Two Worlds
Rosenberg, Maxine
Ancona, George, photographer
This photo essay shows the special world of bi-racial children, who experience the advantages of two different cultures but sometimes face problems and prejudices.

Cooper's Lesson
Shin, Sun Yung
Cogan, Kim, illustrator
When Cooper, a biracial Korean-American boy, feels uncomfortable trying to speak Korean in Mr. Lee's grocery, his bad behavior eventually leads to a change in his attitude. The story is told in Korean and English.

We Don't Look Like Our Mom and Dad
Sobol, Harriet Langsam
Agre, Patricia, photographer
This photo-essay focuses on the life of the Levin family, an American couple and their two Korean-born adopted sons, ten-year-old Eric and eleven-year-old Joshua.

Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina
Tallchief, Maria, and Rosemary Wells
Kelley, Gary, illustrator
Ballerina Maria Tallchief describes her childhood on an Osage reservation, the development of her love of dance, and her rise to success in that field.

Marina's Muumuu
Vigil-Piñón, Evangelina
Torrecilla, Pablo, illustrator
Marina has always dreamed of having a colorful muumuu, the traditional dress of the Hawaiian people, and finally goes to the bustling downtown with her grandmother to buy the fabric. The story is told in Spanish and English.

Racial and Ethnic Groups

Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers 
Brown, Keith Michael
Gathered here are 35 interviews with black men on a subject close to their hearts. Accompanied by black & white photos by Adger W. Cowans, these short pieces become meditations on motherhood but also on the challenges of raising a black man in America. Foreword by James McBride.

Invisible Man 
Ellison, Ralph 
The classic American story of what it means to be of color in America.

Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race
Willie, Sarah Susannah


Interracial and Multicultural Families


Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook For Multicultural Families 
Alperson, Myra

The Sweet Hell Inside: A Family History 
Ball, Edward

Racism Explained to My Daughter 
Ben Jelloun, Tahar

Blacks and Jews: Alliances and Arguments
Berman, Paul (ed.)
American blacks and Jews have long had a complicated history, and this work explores the history of the relationship.

The Color of Our Future
Chideya, Farai. 
A journalist explores how members of the next generation deal with race in their own lives and how the decisions they make determine America's future.

Marriage Beyond Black and White: An Interracial Family Portrait
by David Douglas and Barbara Douglas
A poignant and sometimes painful look at what it was like to be an interracial couple in the United States from the early 1940s to the mid- 1990s. Barbara Wilson Tinker and
Carlyle Douglas met , fell in love, and began raising a family in Michigan. Barbara began writing their story to record both the triumphs and hardships of interracial marriage. Her son David completed the family chronicles.

Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity 
Funderberg, Lise
Forty-six candid accounts of adult children of black-white interracial unions, describing love and marriage, racism in the workplace, and bringing up children in a racially divided world.

A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Women Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid
by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
A psychologist who grew up in a black South African township reflects on her interview with Eugene de Kock, the commanding officer of state-sanctioned death squads
under apartheid. Gobodo-Madikizela conveys her struggle with contradictory internal impulses to hold him accountable and to forgive.

The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White 
Haizlip, Shirlee Taylor

Lifting the White Veil: An Exploration of White American Culture in a Multiracial Context 
Hitchcock, Jeff

How I Became Hettie Jones
Jones, Hettie
As the wife of controversial black playwright-poet LeRoi Jones (now Amiri Baraka), Hettie Cohen, a white Jew from Queens, plunged into the Greenwich Village bohemia of jazz, poetry, leftish politics and underground publishing in the late 1950s, coping with racial prejudice and violence and raising two daughters. 

Jews & Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Culture in America
by Michael Lerner, and Cornel West
Two of America’s most prominent intellectuals present a striking new way of thinking about the difficult issues that divide these two communities, using a model for disagreeing without undermining core mutual respect.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama
Obama, the son of a white American mother and a black American father, writes an elegant and compelling biography that powerfully articulates America’s racial battleground and tells of his search for his place in black America.

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural 
O'Hearn, Claudine Chiawi 
Multiculturalism at its finest, some of today's best writers write about what made them writers and how their cultural identity influences them today.

Inside Transracial Adoption
Steinberg, Gail 
Offers advice on how transracial and transcultural adoptive families can form close, loving relationships.

Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self
Walker, Rebecca 
By the daughter of Alice Walker, what it means to be of multiple races in today's America.

Tell the Court I Love My Wife
Wallenstein, Peter  
This first in-depth history of miscegenation law examines how states, communities, and the courts have defined and regulated mixed-race marriage from the colonial period to the present.

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