Resources for Transracial Adoption


R family is a multicultural family. Our children are a beautiful mixture of many different races and backgrounds. These books, etc. are some of the research we have done as a family to become more well-rounded and educated. Since the list is one that I personally use and many of the resource titles are pulled from my own bookshelf, you may see a focus on the races that we have tried to learn more about to benefit our family. What I am trying to say is that not every race is represented on this resource page.




Blogs and Websites:


Books for Children:

Scholastic has a wonderful book list called How To Choose The Best Multicultural Books. This list is broken down into different cultural groups (Native American, Latinos, African American, Jewish Culture, Asian-American, etc.) with 10 book recommendations for each as well as other authors to check out, points to remember about that specific culture

Some of these books below don’t touch on racial issues, but are fantastic for having illustrations that look like my children.

  • Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon
  • How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole
  • I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • I’m Like You, You’re Like Me by Cindy Gainer
  • Shades of Black by Sandra L. Pinkney
  • Thank You, Dr. King! by Robin Reid
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim


Books & DVDs for Parents:

  • Abraham in Egypt by Hugh Nibley
  • All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage by Armand Mauss
  • Blacks in the Scriptures (DVD) produced by Marvin Perkins & Darius Gray
  • BYU Studies, Vol. 4, Nov 2008
  • Dreams from My Father, A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
  • I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World by Marguerite A. Wright
  • In Their Own Voices, Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda
  • Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall
  • Neither White Nor Black by Lester E. Bush and Armand L. Mauss
  • Nobody Knows, The Untold Story of Black Mormons (DVD) produced by Margaret B. Young & Darius A. Gray
  • Standing on the Promises Trilogy by Margaret Blair Young and Darius A. Gray
  • Talking with Young Children about Adoption by Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher
  • The Dawning of a Brighter Day by Alexander B. Morrison


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