Early Reader Summer Reading

Amy HodgepodgeHave an early reader in your home? Check out this early reader book series Amy Hodgepodge (www.amyhodgepodge.com) presented by the Wayans Family.  This series of 6 books is bound to keep your new reader occupied this summer exploring the life of Amy, a multiracial fourth grader who moves to a new school and all her adventures. On the website you can meet her friends, see her scrap book, enjoy activities, trivia, games, merchandise and more!

Multiracial Child Resource Book

Multiracial Child Resource Book: Living Complex Identities by Maria P. P. Root & Matt Kelley (editors)
This book is a great resource for families, teachers/educators, and counselors, as well as for multiracial individuals. In a section of Multiracial 101, history, discrimination, and health issues are addressed.  There is a complete section on Identity and Development that not only address parental issues in supporting multiracial children create their stories, it goes through developmental stages providing resources throughout. The book ends with a section on Specific Multiracial Heritages. You can purchase this book from the MAVIN foundation http://www.mavinfoundation.org/new/.

Alter Egos…

In Latte Rebellion, author Sarah Jamila Stevenson explores the complexities of wanting to belong through a girl who is “half-Indian, a quarter Mexican, and a quarter Irish” (pg. 13).  After another name calling incident, Asha and her friends create a little club, using alter egos, to raise awareness about mixed race students and raise money for a senior trip.  Come to find out, many students were looking for a place where “lattes of the world, unite” and the club grows beyond their control.  In high school, I connected with other mixed race students on my campus. We too created little nicknames for each other to create our own secret society.  Latte Rebellion also addresses the complexities of challenging parent and friendship relationships that come in the later years of high school. http://latte-rebellion.com/

Are you a Lavender Llama?

Lavender Llama by Tandy Braid


When I found Lavender Llama I couldn’t believe what I found. It is a simple little story that addresses overcoming bullying by sharing love and respect, through the eyes of a little llama that has a red parent and a blue parent.  This is a great children’s book for all children helping them understand that being unique is okay.  Lesson plans have been created to accompany the use with a group of children or in a classroom http://lessonplanspage.com/SSLavenderLlamaDiscriminationIdeaK3.htm/. [link to amazon]