The Multicultural Minute #4: Biracial Picture Books

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These are the picture books mentioned in the video. Don't worry, we'll have a later episode for older readers. Do have any favorite picture books with biracial characters? Add them in the comments!

Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff and Emily Arnold Mccully
Poem depicting a family with an African American mother and a Caucasian father.

The Hello Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka
A girl visits her grandparents, one of whom is black and the other white.

How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman and Allen Say
A girl with a Japanese mother and American father explains how her parents met why they sometimes eat with chopsticks and sometimes with a fork.

I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada and Elivia Savadier
A girl visits her Caucasian grandparents on Saturdays and her Mexican-American grandparents on Sundays.

Jalapeno Bagels by Natasha Wing and Robert Casilla
A boy who with both Mexican and Jewish backgrounds has to figure out what to bring to his school's International Day.

My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin and Margaret Chamberlain
A girl has one grandmother from Trinidad and another from Yorkshire. When her parents go on a trip, both grannies come to take care of her.

Romina's Rangoli by Malathi Michelle Iyengar and Jennifer Wanardi
A girl who is half Mexican and half Indian has to figure out an art project for school that represents both her cultures.

Two Mrs. Gibsons by Toyomi Igus and Daryl Wells
The story of a girl and the two Mrs. Gibsons in her life: Her mother, who is Japanese, and her grandmother, who is African American.

The Wakame Gatherers by Holly Thompson and Kazumi Wilds
Taking place in Japan, a girl with a Japanese grandmother and a Caucasian grandmother visiting from Maine spend the day at the seashore.

You Be Me and I'll Be You by Pili Mandelbaum
A girl and her light-skinned father "trade" skin colors, but her African-American mother is not pleased.

3 Comments

Great idea for a post. My reading list just got longer. :)

I love Kashmira Sheth's "My Dadima Wears a Sari." And Amelia Lau Carling's "Sawdust Carpets," based on the author's childhood, growing up in Guatemala in a Chinese family.

I enjoyed your video about multicultural picturebooks. I'll have to check them out.

Peg Finley/peg366






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