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Best Books About Diversity

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The list author says: "As a child, I encountered many books that used racist terms, endorsed sexism and relied on stereotypes. I chafed at that then and now. Although I liked "The Bobbsey Twins" series, I was just disgusted that the only black characters spoke in antebellum dialect. One book in the "Twins" series even used a racist term for a child who was biracial. I hated the sexism. I am just delighted that in today's world we have a plethora of excellent books about multi-racial people and about tolerance in general.

My very wise uncle told me that "God picks our colors" and that "He was always thinking up more beautiful new colors to mix and add. Without lots of colors, we'd have no flowers, no birds, no butterflies, rainbows or gardens." He taught me to appreciate the colorful celebrations in Mexico and California; sunrises and all colors in nature.

Laurence Yep is one of many highly gifted writers who have created interracial characters. Many of Yep's characters are Chinese and Sino-American. His stories are power-packed with information about Chinese customs and traditions and readers come away vastly enriched. Some of his novels include Sino-American history.

Languages are a testament to cultural sharing. English, for example has incorporated many words from other languages, such as "bonsai," "verboten," "fait accompli" and "scenario." This absorption of words from other languages is a common thread that all languages have and is an excellent example of a global handshake.

Paul McCartney sang in 1968 and released January of 1969, "Black, white, green, red, can I bring my friend to bed? Pink, brown yellow orange and blue, I love you," from "All Together Now." I like the way he includes many colors. His stellar 1968 classic "Blackbird" was, according to Paul, a tribute written for a black woman.

Pete Seeger's 1960 classic "All Mixed Up" is about how many bloodlines intersect and how cultures are enriched through travel, sharing and coming together as family."
The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism (A First Look at...Series)
The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism (A First Look at...Series)
"An excellent book for families discussing a very serious matter - racism.  The book depicts children of many races talking about racism and how to counteract it with reason, logic and tolerance towards others."
David's Drawings
David's Drawings
"A beautiful book about a boy whose classmates contributed to his drawing.  The class has a racially diverse group of students."
The Colors of Us
The Colors of Us
"A lovely and gently written book for children about the wide range in skin tones.  The kids in this book are encouraged to identify their skin tones with colors they see in the world."
Colors Come from God . . . Just Like Me!
Colors Come from God . . . Just Like Me!
"A book for all to cherish!  This gem affirms the beauty of rich racial diversity and the need for many colors, which really is a gift."
Mama, Do You Love Me?
Mama, Do You Love Me?
"A beautiful book about a mother and daughter who are Native Americans in Alaska.  The illustrations are masterpieces.  The fact that this book features Native characters is incidental to the book's message - unconditional love for one's child."
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful
"A grandmother and granddaughter who live in Hawaii send out the message of unconditional love.  The lovely Hawaiian setting is a way of sharing Hawaiian culture with readers."
Aloha, Kanani (American Girl) (Girl of the Year (Quality))
Aloha, Kanani (American Girl) (Girl of the Year (Quality))
"The "American Girls" series, which I think is excellent has included a new character, Kanani who is Hawaiian.  Readers can learn more about Hawaiian words and customs from the glossary."
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History
"The man on whom the fictional detective is based was Sino-Hawaiian and this book is a fascinating look at 19th and early 20th century Hawaii and the history of Asian immigrants.  The author is from China and includes parts of his own life in this book, so readers gain an even greater understanding of Asian history in Hawaii."
Part Asian 100% Hapa   [PART ASIAN 100% HAPA] [Paperback]
Part Asian 100% Hapa   [PART ASIAN 100% HAPA] [Paperback]
"This book is a beautiful collection of photographs and accounts by people who are of Asian and/or Pacific Island ancestry.  "Hapa" is also Hawaiian for "half" and is sometimes applied to Eurasians in Hawaii. Hapa is also Hawaiian slang for multiracial people of Asian ancestry."
What Will You Be, Sara Mee?
What Will You Be, Sara Mee?
"Sara Mee, an adorable baby celebrates her first birthday following Korean customs!  One of her cousins is Eurasian and readers learn about the Korean celebration of a 1st birthday and about some Korean foods."
Babies Can't Eat Kimchee!
Babies Can't Eat Kimchee!
"An adorable story about a big sister who lists the things her new sibling can't do, including eating the spicy Korean delicacy, kimchee.  This book brings Korean culture to readers."
Crow Boy (Picture Puffins)
Crow Boy (Picture Puffins)
"A beautiful book I've loved since I was 4.  It might make you cry.  It is about a boy in a rural community in Japan who has a special talent which is discovered by a very kind teacher."
Boy Alone: A Brother's Memoir
Boy Alone: A Brother's Memoir
"Karl Greenfeld, son of author Josh Greenfeld, has written his own book about life with his multiply challenged brother, Noah.  The Greenfeld brothers' mother is Japanese and their father American.  Karl's wife is European and their daughters are Eurasian."
How My Parents Learned to Eat (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin books)
How My Parents Learned to Eat (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin books)
"A wonderful story told from the viewpoint of a little girl who is Eurasian.  She tells of how her mother, who is Japanese and her father, who is American learned table traditions in each other's native countries."
Yoshiko and the Foreigner
Yoshiko and the Foreigner
"A lovely story of how two strangers on a train met, fell in love and eventually married.  Yoshiko is Japanese and the stranger on the train is an American serviceman.  They would later be blessed with their Japano-American family."
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 2
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 2
"This book features a family in Japan whose son has autism.  The boy has a Eurasian father and Western mother.  Western, Eurasian and even one Afro-Asian character are featured in this book.  All of Tobe's "With the Light" books include Eurasian characters and interracial families, that is one Asian spouse and one Western spouse."
Thief of Hearts (Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1995)
Thief of Hearts (Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1995)
"Laurence Yep has written many excellent books about Chinese and Sino-American characters and their life experiences.  Stacey, 13, is a very appealing Eurasian girl whose mother was featured in "Child of the Owl" and whose father is Western.  She encounters Asian prejudice and stands tall throughout."
The Amah
The Amah
"The Chin family are Chinese and living in America.  Amy Chin's best friend is Robin Lee, a Eurasian girl whom readers get to know in "Ribbons," "The Cook's Family" and "Angelfish."  Robin's mother is Chinese and her father is Caucasian."
Ribbons
Ribbons
"Robin Lee is a bright, Sino-American girl who grapples with her Eurasian identity and with family obligations.  A very strong cast of characters and a rich story."
The Cook's Family (Novel)
The Cook's Family (Novel)
"Robin Lee, a well loved character is a bright Eurasian girl who describes life from the perspective of her maternal Chinese relatives and her Western paternal relatives."
Angelfish
Angelfish
"Robin Lee, a popular Eurasian character stars in this book as well.  Readers get to travel to Chinatown and learn about Chinese culture and traditions in America."
Dogtag Summer
Dogtag Summer
"Tuyet, renamed Tracy, is a bright Amerasian girl adjusting to life in 1980 in Santa Rosa, California.  Tuyet's mother was Vietnamese and her father an American soldier.  This book includes an excellent appendix with discussion questions about the history of the Vietnam War."
They Came to Stay
They Came to Stay
"Marjorie Margolies adopted Lee Heh from Korea in 1970 and Holly from Vietnam in 1973.  Holly's mother was Vietnamese and her father American.  Margolies married Congressman Edward Mezvinski in 1975 and in 2010 became the mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton."
Two Mrs. Gibsons
Two Mrs. Gibsons
"Toyomi, an adorable little girl who is Afro-Asian tells readers about the two most important women in her life.  Her mother, who is Japanese and her paternal grandmother, who is black are the two Mrs. Gibsons who love her dad and who love her."
My Two Grannies
My Two Grannies
"A lovely story about a little girl who has a black mother and an English father.  Both of her grandmothers, one of whom is from the West Indies and the other from England love her unconditionally."
Zoe
Zoe
"Zoe, 5 has a white mother and a black father.  She meets people of different races and delicious descriptions are applied, e.g. "vanilla color," "strawberry color," all with childlike innocence."
Black, White, Just Right!
Black, White, Just Right!
"A bright little girl celebrates her interracial heritage.  Her mother is black and her father is white and she is, "just right!""
black is brown is tan
black is brown is tan
"A beautiful book that was the pioneer for kids' stories about interracial families.  The family featured in this book are two children who have a white father and a black mother.  The illustrations are superb."
Trevor's Story: A Book about a Biracial Boy (Meeting the Challenge)
Trevor's Story: A Book about a Biracial Boy (Meeting the Challenge)
"Trevor, 10 is a bright young man who has a white mother and a black father.  He describes the racism he sometimes encounters."
Molly Bannaky
Molly Bannaky
"Molly, an indentured servant from England married a slave.  They would become the grandparents of scientist Benjamin Banneker, who would later be described by historians as having Asperger's.  Benjamin Banneker is featured in "Different Like Me:  My Book of Autism Heroes.""
Romiette and Julio
Romiette and Julio
"Sharon M. Draper is a gifted writer.  This story, while clearly inspired by "Romeo & Juliet" is about a black girl and a Latin-American boy who love each other and forge a good relationship."
Goodnight, Beautiful
Goodnight, Beautiful
"An excellent adult novel about an interracial romance and a child who is biracial."
Salem Falls
Salem Falls
"Attorney Jordan McAfee who is white is very serious about his business partner Selena, who is black."
Nineteen Minutes
Nineteen Minutes
"An interracial couple, Jordan and Selena who are legally involved in the case presented in this book are included in this stellar story.  Picoult followers remember them from "Salem Falls.""
The Colors of Love: The Black Person's Guide to Interracial Relationships (Black Person's Guides)
The Colors of Love: The Black Person's Guide to Interracial Relationships (Black Person's Guides)
"A beautiful book that shows how love overcomes all barriers.  My very wise uncle used to say, "what color is love?  We are all the color of love!""
The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson
The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson
"Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President had 7 children with the woman he loved, Sally, who was black.  Many of Jefferson's descendants speak today about the interracial union of this early president.  Lucian Truscott IV, author of "Dress Gray" is one of Jefferson's descendants."
The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
"Pete Seeger has added beauty to this world for generations.  He has a global family - his wife Toshi is Japanese; he has a son-in-law who is black and has 2 Afro-Asian grandchildren and several Eurasian grandchildren.  A man known for tolerance and gentleness, Pete's banjo is inscribed with the words "This instrument surrounds hatred and destroys it.""
John
John
"John Lennon's first wife Cynthia writes not only a biography of the Chief Beatle, but her autobiography.  She is currently married to a man who is black."
John and Yoko: A New York Love Story
John and Yoko: A New York Love Story
"Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono came from very different backgrounds.  John was Anglo-Irish and Yoko Japanese.  Their son Sean has a rich multiracial heritage.  Yoko's daughter Kyoko's father, Tony Cox is Caucasian and Kyoko, too has a rich multiracial heritage."
Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison
Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison
"George Harrison and his wife Olivia came from very different backgrounds.  George, like his bandmates Paul McCartney and John Lennon was Anglo-Irish and Olivia Latin-American.  Their son Dhani has a rich racial heritage."