Posted by: Tracy Barsamian | September 11, 2012

Children’s Books We Love!: Race & Ethnicity

OFF KLTR Favorite!!

Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback on the books we love posts!  Looks like I have enough content to continue this theme for the rest of the week!!

The following books are about Race/Ethnicity.  They are not specific to adoption, but certainly great additions to many adoptive families’ libraries!  Any family, formed any way, really!!

Race/Ethnicity Books

All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka.  Harper Collins, 1999.

The text is lyrical and the drawings are beautiful.  The book celebrates the earth and the diversity of the children of the world.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

We love this book!  The author Karen Katz is an adoptive mom of a little girl from Guatemala.  A little girls and her mom take a walk through their neighborhood and compare the skin colors of friends and relatives.  They discover many different shades of brown, including:  honey, peanut butter, pizza crust, ginger, peaches, chocolate, and more.

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates.  Random House 1992.

This is a Sesame Street book.  But it is a lovely introduction to racial harmony for young children.


  1. I have practically memorized We’re Different We’re the Same. This is one of my top 3 all time. These books help kids embrace differences rather than fear the differences.

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