Book: Split at the Root – A Memoir on Transracial Adoption

Catana Tully explores questions of race, adoption and identity, not as the professor of cultural studies that she became, but as the Black child of German settlers in Guatemala who called her their “little Moor.”

You can find the book on amazon: Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity

Catana Tully is also an Adoption Couseling Expert–see more about her work at splitattheroot.com

Interracial Children’s Book: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Super cute! This sweet story is about a biracial little girl who stays home with (White) dad while her (Black) mom goes to the beauty shop for her weekly scheduled appointment. She “does” her daddy’s hair while she anticipates what mommy will look like when she comes home.

Another self-published book that I love! Buy it here!

(I just ordered a new one from this author that I’ll review soon)

Book [Children’s Interracial]: “The Hello, Goodbye Window”

I’m always looking for books that reflect multiracial families. I buy any and all of them (I really need to post more reviews). This one, “The Hello, Goodbye Window” by Norton Juster is one of my favorites. The little girl has a brown momma and white pappa, as well as, a brown grandma and white grandpa. To read a detailed review, click the link above.

Book/Poem – The Crayon Box That Talked

I believe that teaching children to love themselves (and others) is one of the greatest gifts that you can give! I also believe that children should learn to celebrate differences in the home and that their teachers and friends can, and should, be a wonderful source of influence and affirmation. My heart is that my web site and this blog can be tools that ALL people can use to help decrease the gap of hatred and misunderstanding and increase the bond of unity and understanding!

Below is a poem from the book The Crayon Box that Talked that I have read to hundreds of preschoolers. It’s a great book with a simple message, “Together we are better”!

The Crayon Box That Talked

by Shane DeRolf

While walking in a toy store,
The day before today,
I overheard a crayon box,
With many things to say…

‘I don’t like Red!’ said Yellow.
And Green said, ‘Nor do I!
And no one here likes Orange,
But no one knows just why.’

‘We are a box of crayons
That doesn’t get along.’
Said Blue to all the others,
‘Something here is wrong!’

Well, I bought that box of crayons,
And took it home with me,
And laid out all the colors,
So the crayons could all see.

They watched me as I colored
With Red and Blue and Green,
And Black and White and Orange,
And every color in between…

They watched as Green became the grass,
And Blue became the sky,
The Yellow sun was shining bright,
On White clouds drifting by,

Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.

And when I’d finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did, the crayon box
Had something more to say…

‘I do like Red!’ said Yellow.
And Green said, ‘So do I!

And, Blue, you were terrific,
So high up in the sky!’

‘We are a box of crayons,
Each one of us unique.
But when we get together,
The picture is complete.’

*TM & copyrighted, 1996, 1997, 2001 Shane DeRolf.


Children’s Book: “You Belong to Me Little One” (multiracial)

Joy! Oh, joy! In sharing the other books with you today, I discovered that Lisa Harper published another book at the end of May. In “You Belong to Me Little One“, she captures some of her favorite memories with her son, her favorite little man. So, white mommy and brown little boy. I ordered it today so I’ll give you an update after I receive it!

UPDATE: Precious poem and adorable pics! My heart gets FULL when I see books reflecting multiracial families! Thank you, Lisa Harper!