Books for 2 to 8 Year Olds on
Multiracial / Multicultural Issues

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Boyd, Brian

When You Were Born In Korea

                                                           

 

1993

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Children adopted abroad often wonder what life was like before they came to America. Who took care of them? How did they come to leave their birth mother? What was daily life like at the orphanage? This book clearly answers a child's many questions.

 

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Budin, Catherine and Sherry

Is That Your Sister?

 

1992

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Catherine is a member of a multi-cultural family.  Her friends often ask her questions about her family; especially her sister, whose physical appearance is different from Catherine’s.  Taking a matter-of-fact tone, she answers them.

 

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Caines, Jeanette

Abby

 

1973

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Preschooler, Abby, an adopted African American girl, enjoys reading her adoption story book over and over.  An exuberant child, she looks for reassurance from her loving parents and typically teasing older brother. 

 

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Czech, Jan M.

An American Face

                                                             

 

2000

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Jessie, a young Korean boy adopted into an American family, counts the days until he will become a citizen so he will have an American face like everyone else.  Tender story told with colorful illustrations.

 

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D’Antonio, Nancy

Our Baby From China

 

 

 

1997

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With simple texts and loving photographs, tells the true story of the adoption of Ariela.  Her family travels to China to meet her; they see many lovely sights, but the loveliest one of all is their new daughter.

 

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Dorrow, Sara

When You Were Born in China

 

A Memory Book for Children Born in China

1997

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A must-have book for any child adopted form China.  In simple language and beautiful black and white photos, the reader will see China’s grand country, its people, its historic sites and poor countryside.  A clear, loving explanation about why parents place children for adoption or in orphanages, etc.

 

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Fry, Ying Ying with Amy Klatzkin

Kids Like Me in China

 

 

2001

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Written by an 8-year-old girl adopted from China.  Ying Ying returns to visit her orphanage, meets her caregivers, and discovers paths of connections with the orphanage children.  Makes other friends in her home, playground and school.

 

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Grace, Roz

Anthony’s Surprise

 

1994

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After getting teased on the way home from school because of his dark skin, Anthony discusses the incident with his mom.  To his surprise, his parents tell him he is bi-racial, and learns that it doesn’t matter what others think.

 

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Lewis, Rose

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

 

 

2000

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A mother describes to her adopted young daughter how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl.  Beautiful and lovingly illustrated to be read to toddlers through school age children.  This book is a treasure.

 

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McKay, Lawrence

Journey Home

 

 

2001

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Story about a baby who was adopted from a Vietnamese orphanage.  The only keepsake she has is a beautiful kite.  Mai and her mother are happy with their adoptive family, but still have a desire to go to Saigon to find her birth family.

 

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Mora, Pat

Pablo’s Tree

 

1994

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Five-year-old Pablo was adopted from Mexico as a baby by his single adoptive mother.  His beloved grandfather planted a tree to celebrate the happy event.  Every year on Pablo’s birthday, he surprises Pablo by decorating the tree in a new way – a very loving story.

 

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Okimoto, Jean D.

The White Swan Express

 

A Story About Adoption

2002

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In China, four baby girls are fast asleep in their cribs at the orphanage.  In America, four families are getting ready to start an exciting journey.  With tenderness and humor, this lyrical story tells how they all come together.  Appropriate for single parent families or couples. 

 

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O’Shea, Robbie

I’m Brown and My Sister Isn’t

 

2002

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Perfect for starting discussions with children and their siblings who have been adopted across racial borders.  A simple book told in the words of an adopted child.  Differences include their likes and dislikes, and how they tan or burn in the sun.

 

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Pelligrini, Nina

Families are Different

 

 

1991

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Mom explains to Nico, adopted from Korea, that there are many different types of families, all glued together with love.  Children can live with one or two parents, with grandparents, and they can have step brothers and sisters, and not look alike.

 

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Peacock, Carol A.

Mommy Far, Mommy Near

 

 

2000

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Because Elizabeth was adopted from China, she assumes every baby was born in China.  Her mommy explains that babies grow inside their mothers and can come from any country.  She explains why her other mommy couldn’t keep her, though she loved her.

 

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Portnoy, Francie

One Wonderful You

 

1997

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For an adopted child, forming a healthy identity requires incorporating two family legacies into his/her self-definition.  Shows how the child is a blend of traits from the birth family and nurturing contributions from the adoptive family.

 

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Petertyl, Mary

Seeds of Love

For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption

1997

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Written for children whose parents will be traveling abroad to complete an international adoption.  Helps children work through their feelings about being separated from their parents when their parents travel.  Beautifully illustrated. 

 

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Recorvits, Helen

My Name is Yoon

 

2003

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Yoon’s name in Korean means Shining Wisdom.  Yon struggles to write her name in English, where all the lines and circles stand alone – just how Yon feels in the U.S.  An inspiring and luminous book about a little girl as she finds her place in a new country. 

 

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Roberts, Cindy

Danielle Where Are You?

 

 

2003

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This is the author’s true story of the search to adopt her daughter.  It began in China, and ended in Vietnam.  The author travels with the young reader through different countries until she finds Danielle.  Colorfully illustrated. 

 

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Shemin, Craig

Families are Forever

 

2003

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Rain, a Chinese-American adoptee helps us learn that a family’s origin is only the beginning to what it means to be a family.  In this heartwarming tale of family, love, and beginnings, Rain meets Bo and her Forever Mom and they become a brand new family.

 

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Waybill, Marjorie A.

Chinese Eyes

 

                                                            

 

1974

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When a first-grader, adopted from Korea, is teased about her appearance, she doesn’t understand what “Chinese eyes” means, but she knows the comment is unkind.  Her mother explains how her beautiful eyes are both the same and different than others.

 

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Fisher, Iris Katie -Bo
   

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Relates the adoption of a Korean baby girl into an American Family as seen through the eyes of her brother to be.

 

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Girard, Linda Walvoord  We Adopted you Benjamin Koo
   

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This is a welcome and needed picture book introducing to the concept of interracial adoption.

 

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Say, Allen

Allison

 

1997

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When Allison, an Asian adoptee, realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcome discovery through the help of a stray cat. Colorful and very expressive illustrations.


 

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