Suggested readings of the month October ’12: Raising Biracial Children, Amy Hodgepodge

Hello family, it’s that time of the month again. This month’s suggested readings are:

  1. Raising Biracial Children by Kerry Ann Rockquemore
  2. All Mixed Up! (Part 1) by Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts

As the multiracial population in the United States continues to rise, new models for our understanding of mixed-race children and how their conception of racial identity must be developed.

A wide divide between academics who research biracial identity, and the everyday world of parents and practitioners who raise and deal with mixed-race children exists.

This book aims to fill this gap by providing an extensive synthesis of the existing research in the field, as well as a model for better understanding the unique process of racial identity development for mixed-race children.

Raising Biracial Children provides parents, educators, social workers, and anyone interested in multiracial issues with an accessible framework for understanding healthy mixed-race identity development and to translate those findings into practical care-giving strategies.

The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received:

“This is a book that you’ll keep by your bedside for years, referring to it whenever issues arise. As the white parents of an (adopted) biracial daughter, this book completely educated me on the issues that she may face at every point in her development. Not only does it highlight the issues, but works through sensitive and sensible resolutions.

I found it valuable that Raising Biracial Children looks at the history of black oppression and how that impacts relations with biracials and whites. I also liked that, although the content is quite “meaty”, they don’t dumb it down for the reader, and the book is very readable. Although the book is aimed specifically at those rasing biracial children, educators, etc, it is a useful resource for anyone wanting to raise racially sensitive children.” – Reader

“We live in a society where we are constatntly negotiating race in relationships. Even though we are part of a multiracial nation, we do not always negotiate race successfully. As a clinical therapist who has practiced in the field for over 7 years, this book has proved to be a valuable asset to my professional library.”

“I deal with the impact of race on their lives of my clients (who also happen to be children) on a daily basis. This book has helped me remember the complexity of race and how it infiltrates all human interaction – especially in the lives of children.”Dr. D.L. Johnson

After years of being home schooled, Amy Hodges is excited to start fourth grade at a ?real? school. On Amy?s first day, she gets teased not only because she is new, but also because she looks different.

Amy is part Asian, Caucasian, and African American. Eventually, Amy meets a group of nice kids and one of them even affectionately gives her the nickname ?

Amy Hodgepodge? since she?s a mix of so many races. But when their teacher announces that the annual talent show is coming up, Amy wonders if her new friends will want to include her, too.

 The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received:

As a teacher, I am so grateful to the authors for providing my students with such dynamic reading material. My students immediately identified with the characters and they began to have spontaneous conversations about the issues presented.

I am always searching for books that respect a child’s perspective as well as their feelings and questions. This series does all three! It is challenging growing up, no matter who you are or what you look like. Finally, a series that addresses these real concerns with humor and love. Thank You.” – Eileen Speight

My daughter is 8 years old and she loved this! Our children absolutely need to be taught about acceptance these days. What’s been done with Amy Hodgepodge that makes it extra special, is that they also learn other lessons on top of acceptance. Good job! – S.A. Johnson

Let me know what you think of the books after you’ve read them. Although both books represent different ends of the multiracial parenting spectrum, these books are to assist and guide those new to the interracial life with how to deal with raising an interracial family and teaching your children about race…

It is said that reading stimulates the mind. The more you read, the more you open your mind up to new ways of thinking and thus the more creative you will become. Happy reading as always!

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7 thoughts on “Suggested readings of the month October ’12: Raising Biracial Children, Amy Hodgepodge

  1. Great books. I’m going to look into the second one for my daughter. The cover even looks appealing. Amy Hodgepodge it is!

  2. This is really great. I’ve read the first one (Raising Biracial Children) and although it’s a long read, it’s a book that belongs on the book shelves of every parent raising a multiracial child. Thanks

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