Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Top Ten: Books for Black-White Families (and some add-ons)

O.k., I've read many, many books on this subject (i.e. adoption; white parents adopting black kids; inter-racial adoption/bi-racial families). There are some good ones out there (and there are some not so good ones out there). Per your request, my dear readers, here is my List~~~

note: Please comment here to share your own favorite must-read adoption books (especially anything on black-white families!!!)

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Top Ten Favorite Books re: Adoption & Black-White Adoptive Families
  1. Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents, by Deborah Gray (my favorite adoption book of all time, a must-read for any adoptive parent of any child regardless of race/class/gender)
  2. Talking With Young Children About Adoption, by Mary Watkins & Susan Fisher (my 2nd favorite book on this topic of all time, again -- regardless of race, a must-read!)
  3. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, by Sherrie Eldridge
  4. How It Feels to Be Adopted, by Jill Krementz
  5. Jamaica and Me: The Story of an Unusual Friendship, by Linda Atkins
  6. I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World, by Marguerite Wright
  7. Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America, by Sandra Patton
  8. Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption, by Barbara Katz Rothman
  9. Inside Transracial Adoption, by Gail Steinberg & Beth Hall
  10. Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib, by Jaiya John



Also... unrelated to adoption...
Re: Haiti -- lots and lots of books out there, have read many, here are just two of my favorites:

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Re: CMs (Career/Working Moms) -- a bunch of books out there, have read many (them all?), here are a couple of my favorites:

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Re: Twins -- lots and lots and lots of books out there, have read many, have yet to find one I actually like. LOL!

4 comments:

Malia'sMama said...

Edwidge Danticat is my haitian fav-I have EVERY book, including those for adolescents. Have you read The Neglected and Abused: A Physician's Year in Haiti
by Joseph Francis Bentivegna. It is truly amazing.
Btw, the pic with O and K flying the planes as you hold them- absolutely wonderful! :)

happy mom said...

thank you so much for the lists, I have a lot of reading ahead!

Anonymous said...

White parents of black children:

Outsiders Within
http://www.amazon.com/Outsiders-Within-Writing-Transracial-Adoption/dp/0896087646

In Their Own Voices
http://www.amazon.com/Their-Own-Voices-Transracial-Adoptees/dp/0231118295/ref=pd_sim_b_3/105-6153302-5875666

John Raible
http://www.nysccc.org/T-Rarts/T-Rarts.html

http://www.nysccc.org/T-Rarts/askme.html

-Teena

Heather said...

Malia's Mama-- I haven't read The Neglected and Abused. Just ordered it online! Thanks!!!

Teena-- Yes, I too like Outsiders Within and In Their Own Voices! They just didn't make it on my 'short list'! I just checked out the John Raible (never had heard of him, which is weird since he's apparently an academic). Interesting stuff on his site(s).

:) Heather