Following months of in-depth research in the field of Mixed Race Studies and at the cross sections of race and child development,
we have collated a list of our favorite books for parents and educators of mixed race children, and for mixed race adults.
Chang’s eye opening original research on mixed families with Asian descent in the United States is fascinating and her findings ring deeply true. Chang interviewed dozens of interracial couples raising children of Asian descent and shares her qualitative analysis in this text. An essential text for interracial couples and parents of children with Asian descent. I still can’t stop thinking about this one!
While Rockquemore and Laszloffy focus on mixed black and white children in this text, the key takeaways on mixed race identity formation in children and adolescents are important and applicable for any mixed children. The authors argue that mixed race identity often falls on a continuum where most children identify with both/all of their ethnicities but may identify more strongly with one side than another. An excellent resource for parents seeking to understand the multitude of societal influences on their child’s identity development.
Expertly collated key historical texts of mixed race studies and contemporary works, Mixed Race Studies offers an important look at the evolution of society and academia’s perception of mixed race people. From texts reflecting racist anti-miscegenation viewpoints to Everett Stonequist’s essential “marginal man thesis,” Ifekwunigwe has done the work for you. The editor also offers a hugely informative introduction that succinctly summarizes historical to contemporary viewpoints and offers her own fresh take on the field of mixed race studies.
A seminal introduction to racial/ethnic identity development in children in the American context, presented in five digestible and highly relevant parts. Chapter nine focuses on multiracial identity development, emphasizing that multiracial identity development is highly contextual and dependent on a variety of factors. At the end of the book, Tatum provides a resource list for parents, educators, and anyone interested in learning more about the history of racism in the United States and what we can do to change it.
Written from the perspective of a white woman and mother of two multiracial (Japanese / white) children, this book offers a step-by-step guide for parents of mixed race children to help cultivate confident identities. Nakazawa provides examples of conversations and other strategies to use with mixed race children, based on child development and the advice of other parents and mixed race adults. This is a great resource for practical guidance, particularly for white parents or adults new to the topics of race and ethnicity.
If you’re trying to understand what it’s like to be a mixed race child/adolescent, look no further. In this important book, Gaskins collated prose, poetry, and short stories written by dozens of biracial/multiracial children and young adults. Most entries feature a photo of the author, the location they write to us from, and the ethnicities of their parents.
A must read for mixed race women seeking to read something relatable, for once - at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and a source of solace. Camper offers a collection of prose, poetry, and more writings from dozens of mixed race Canadian women of many varied ethnicities. By us, for us!
Maria Root’s work is often cited in mixed race studies, as she is one of the foremost scholars on the topic. Her book includes scholarly articles written by a wide range of mixed race studies scholars on topics like mental health issues of Afrolatinas and multiracial identity theories. The section of the book that I found most approachable was Root’s own “Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People” (chapter 1).