In a society that assumes both families and individuals to be monoracial, it is fundamental for a multiracial family’s home environment to reflect their diverse heritage. Helping children in multiracial families feel comfortable about their unique family and confident in their self-identity is a lifelong task for parents.


HOME SURVEY

Start by looking through the adult and children’s books on your shelves, the magazines and catalogs on your coffee table, the art and photographs on your walls—do the images reflect your family? Continue by examining your family’s music, movies, and television choices—do these entertainers represent the entire range of your family’s heritage? Do your children’s dolls resemble your child? Could your child create a family of toy people that look their family?

MEDIA

Contemporary media and society will not provide your child with a self and family-affirming picture. All-White families will see their family make-up represented regularly and positively. To a lesser degree, other monoracial families will see themselves represented as well. It is impossible for a child growing up in the United States today to avoid the dominant perspective of White America, making a multiracial home atmosphere essential.

CELEBRATE YOUR FAMILY

Celebrate and reflect the diverse heritage of your own family. The place to begin is in your home. Surround your children with pictures of multiracial and monoracial families who share their heritage, pictures of people who look like them, and pictures of people from their individual ancestries.

INCLUDE THE WORLD

Bring other racial and cultural groups outside of your family’s heritage into your home. This conscious inclusion demonstrates to your child that their family values multiculturalism, not only the diversity of their individual family.

WEB RESOURCES
Toys, Music, and Art Reflecting Your Multiracial Family

Art Supplies
www.alaafiakids.com

Crayons, Markers, Paint, and Paper in all skin tones.


Bamboletta Dolls
www.bamboletta.com

One-of-a-kind Waldorf-inspired dolls made by a Canadian mother.


 

Lizzy Rockwell
www.lizzyrockwell.com

Illustrator of multiracial children’s games, toys, and journals, including the award-winning I Never Forget A Face memory game.


Putumayo Music
www.putumayo.com

Adult and Children’s collections of music from around the world.


Customized Cards
www.mandysmoon.com

Create your own birth announcement, party invitation, or holiday card with a family that looks like yours.

MAGAZINES FOR CHILDREN

Baby Bug, Lady Bug, Spider, & Cricket
www.cricketmag.com

Children’s story magazines with pictures of children and families of all races. Baby Bug is especially good about showing multiracial families and children, and comes in a laminated format.

Baby Bug (6 months-3 years)
Lady Bug (3-6 years)
Spider (6-9 years)
Cricket (9-14 years)

 

BOARD BOOKS
All these books have pictures of children with a mixture of skin tones.



All Fall Down
Tickle, Tickle
Clap Hands
Say Goodnight
Written and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
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Snuggle Me Snuggly
Yum Tummy Tickly!
Wake-ity Wake!
Written by Karen Baicker, Illustrated by Sam Williams
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Busy Toes
Busy Fingers
Written by C.W. Bowie, Illustrated by Fred Willingham
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I Love You Baby from Head to Toe
Written by Karen Pandell, Illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
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MULTIRACIAL PICTURE BOOKS
With illustrations of children and families of various skin tones

Baby Born
Written by Anastasia Suen, Illustrated by Chih-Wei Chang

Infants from birth through the first year of life, including older siblings and parents. Beautiful watercolor illustrations and lift-the-flap surprises.

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Everywhere Babies
Written by Susan Meyers, Illustrated by Marla Frazee

The baby book of our children’s generation. Illustrations mirror what it looks like to be an infant today, including a wide variety of family structures.

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On the Day You Were Born
Written and Illustrated by Debra Frasier

Perfect book to start the conversation with your child about their birth, and their connectedness to their ancestors and the earth.

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Tickle, Tickle
Written by Dakari Hru, Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Papa plays a tickling game in this story narrated by his toddler son.

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Please Puppy Please
Written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A sister and brother spend the day playing with their new puppy.

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Pet Show
Hi Cat!
A Letter to Amy

Written and Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

More great books by the author best known for “A Snowy Day.” All three books include a multiracial group of neighborhood children.

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MULTICULTURAL PICTURE BOOKS

Africa Is Not a Country
Written by Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove,
Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Describes and shows the daily life of families in 25 countries in Africa. Includes people of all skin tones. Excellent for learning about the size of the African continent and the diversity of African peoples and customs.

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Powwow
Words and Photographs by George Ancona

Contemporary Native Americans gather and dance. Bright photographs and straightforward text.

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Children Just Like Me
By Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley

Interviews with and photographs of children from around the world, alongside their families and homes. Includes several multiracial families.

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Hello World!
Written and Illustrated by Manya Stojic

Learn to say ‘Hello’ in 42 languages from around the world.

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What I Believe
Written by Alan Brown and Andrew Langley, Illustrated by Teri Gower

A child-friendly discussion of seven major world religions, with brief coverage of four more. No reference to Native American religions or customs.

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Thunder Rose
Written by Jerdine Nolan, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A new African American Folktale.

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