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Recommended Picture Books
Featuring Interracial Families

Compiled by Kathleen T. Horning
© 2006, 1996 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated annually

This listing of picture books featuring interracial families is updated annually.

Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies

Atinuke. Anna Hibiscus’ Song. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. Kane Miller, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Ada, Alma Flor. I Love Saturdays y domingos. Illustrated by Elivia Savadier. Atheneum, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

Adoff, Arnold. Hard to be Six. Illustrated by Cheryl Hanna. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1991. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 6

Alko, Selina. I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Atinuke, . Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Kane Miller, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 2–5

Baek, Matthew J.. Be Gentle With the Dog, Dear!. Dial, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 2-4

Bang, Molly. In My Heart. Little, Brown, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 1-4

Becker, Shari. Maxwell's Mountain. Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Charlesbridge, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

Benjamin, Floella . My Two Grannies. Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. Frances Lincoln, 2008. 24 pages. Ages 3-6

Bradman, Tony. Through My Window. Illustrated by Eileen Browne. U.S. edition: Silver Burdett, 1986. 26 pages. Ages 3-7

Falwell, Cathryn. The Nesting Quilt. Tilbury House, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Friedman, Ina R. . How My Parents Learned to Eat. Illustrated by Allen Say. Houghton Mifflin, 1984.

Graham, Bob. Oscar’s Half Birthday. Candlewick Press, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Grohoske Evans, Marilyn. Spit & Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts. Illustrated by Nicole Gsell. Charlesbridge, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 5–8

Heath, Amy. Sofie's Role. Illustrated by Sheila Hamanaka. Four Winds Press, 1992. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

Hoffman, Mary. Nancy No-Size. Illustrated by Jennifer Northway. U.S. edition: Oxford, 1987. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 7

Igus, Toyomi. Two Mrs. Gibsons. Illustrated by Daryl Wells. Children's Book Press, 1996. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

Johnson, Angela. The Aunt in Our House. Illustrated by David Soman. Orchard Books, 1996. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Jonas, Ann. The Quilt. Greenwillow, 1984. Ages 3 - 6

Jukes, Mavis. You're a Bear. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Michael di Capua Books / Hyperion, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Juster, Norton. Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Scholastic, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Katz, Karen. The Colors of Us. Henry Holt and Company, 1999. 28 pages. Ages 4-7

Lacapa, Kathleen and Michael Lacapa . Less Than Half, More Than Whole. Illustrated by Michael Lacapa. Northland Publishing, 1994. 40 pages. Ages 5-10

Manushkin, Fran. Happy in Our Skin. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. Candlewick Press, 2015. 24 pages. Ages 1–4

Mills, Claudia. A Visit to Amy-Claire. Illustrated by Sheila Hamanaka. Macmillan, 1992. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Who Will I Be, Lord?. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Random House, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

Paul, Miranda. Water Is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle. Illustrated by Jason Chin. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2015. 40 pages. Ages 4-9

Rattigan, Jama Kim. Dumpling Soup. Illustrated by Lillian Hsu-Flanders. Little, Brown and Company, 1993. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

Rocco, John. Blackout. Disney / Hyperion, 2011. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

Scanlon, Liz Garton. All the World. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane Books, 2009. 40 pages. Ages 2 - 6

Shin, Sun Yung. Cooper's Lesson. Illustrated by Kim Cogan. Children's Book Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

Spohn, David. Winter Wood. Lothrop, 1991.

Straight, Susan. Bear E. Bear. Illustrated by Marisabina Russo. Hyperion, 1995. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 5

Torres, Leyla. Liliana's Grandmothers. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Wing, Natasha. Jalapeno Bagels. Illustrated by Robert Casilla. Simon & Schuster, 1996. 24 pages. Ages 4-7

Wong, Janet S.. Buzz. Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Harcourt, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 4

Woodson, Jacqueline. Pecan Pie Baby. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Putnam, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

This list may be reproduced and distributed by educational and/or nonprofit organizations so long as credit is given to the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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