Happy Grandparents Day!


The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is undeniably important. But is it even more important when the child is multiracial? We think so.

We know that interracial families are on the rise. We know that the multiracial population is the fastest growing group in America. The social support of grandparents is important in early identity of children. Most of us can fondly remember spending time with our grandparents, which led to memories we still have today.

As grandparents to multiracial children, we can enrich their experiences by talking about our own childhoods and lives and give them a wider perspective on other people’s race and ethnicity. We can contribute to their well-being as children of more than one race.

How do we do this? Project RACE Grandparents provides wonderful resources for our grandparent members. Join us today! Membership is free. Meanwhile, here are some ideas:


  1. Read books together about interracial families and multiracial children. New and wonderful books are coming out all the time. Project RACE Grandparents provides suggestions and reviews of new books. Books like People by Peter Spier are wonderful to use to point out that people come in various colors and physical attributes. We also welcome book reviews by our members and their grandchildren of all ages.


  1. Introduce your multiracial grandchildren to the wonderful world of coloring using Multicultural Crayons and markers by Crayola. They come in different skin tones of the world. Explain to them that people come in different colors and that they can blend the crayons to get their unique color.


  1. Seek out dolls with a variety of skin tones, physical attributes, hair styles, etc. American Dolls has a line of dolls that are very diverse. Look for Pattycake Dolls, too.


  1. Cook together! Teach your multiracial grandchild some of the specialties of your own background, race, ethnicity, and nationality.


  1. Talk about different cultures and show your multiracial grandchildren your understanding and interest in their background. And listen, too.


 Enjoy your day as a grandparent to multiracial children!


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PRGrandparents Prez shares Kids Books with Multiracial Families

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The parents-to-be, my daughter and son-in-law at their baby shower.





My grandson is almost here!  My daughter, Steph, says the baby has dropped.  I am so excited, and have been looking at books, even though he won’t be old enough to understand them for a while.  :). Anyway, I found several lists of children’s books with multiracial families and thought I’d share a few of the books with our members and readers:

Patti, President of Project RACE Grandparents


You Were the First features one Asian and one Caucasian parent sharing about their child’s firsts.


The Hello, Goodbye Window. This book features a young girl who has both African-American and white grandparents. A Caldecott Award winner.

Another Caldecott Award winner, More More More features three diverse families.



Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match features a Scottish and Peruvian little girl. A Pura Belpré Honor Award Book.


Everywhere Babies. This book features beautiful babies from all over the world.



I Love Saturdays y domingos is a about a girl who spends Saturdays with her English-speaking grandparents and Sundays with her Spanish-speaking abuelos.


Jalapeno Bagels.
Pablo is Mexican and Jewish.



Dumpling Soup. This family is Korean, Hawaiian, Japanese and Chinese!





Oscar’s Half Birthday. Oscar has a black mother and a white father.



My Two Grannies and My Two Grandads. In this pair of books, one grandparent is from the Carribbean, the other from England.


What books would you add to this list?

New Book Review!

Nurturing Grandchildren: Black, White & In-between

Book Review Nurturing

It’s a brand new year, and I am more excited than ever to become a grandmother for the very first time! Being new to the grandparenting gig, I’m both excited and nervous at the same time. My grandson is scheduled to arrive via stork on March 4th, and I’m spending time reading up on the joys and challenges of having a grandchild, and a bicultural one to boot.

When our esteemed founder, Susan Graham, suggested I read and review the book Nurturing Grandchildren: Black, White & In-between, I was only too happy to comply. The author, Jean Moule, is a true expert in the area. A professor with a doctorate, she currently teaches at Oregon State University. I read in the book that her most popular class is “Racial and Cultural Harmony.” Perfect! Making her insights even more perfect (is that possible?) is the fact that she is a black woman married to a white man, and has three children and six grandchildren who are multiracial.

I enjoyed the format she chose for her book. Each chapter is divided into four sections: Ms. Moule’s original watercolor artwork, a letter from a person she knows well, columns she wrote for a multicultural magazine, and excerpts from her academic work on biracial children and families. It works very well to speak to all readers, black, white & in-between.

Within the book is a great history lesson of race relations she experienced over her own lifetime. She describes her childhood and young adult life experiences, as well as those of her own biracial children. She mentions the positive census form changes, which fits in nicely with the Project Race mission, including being committed to the appropriate inclusion of multiracial people on any forms that require racial identification.

The book addresses very well the decisions and explorations of racial identity that a multicultural person faces during childhood and beyond. Information based on personal experiences as well as professional study is provided. But the thing I liked best about the book is that it could be about nurturing any child, regardless of color. Her opinion is that every child who is encouraged, loved and free to make choices without judgment is most often going to thrive and will eventually create a perfect and unique identity . Ms. Moule’s descriptions of her nurturing presence as a parent and grandparent, the family’s wonderful cousins camp and together time, and professional explanations about cultural differences makes this a great read.

Finally, I liked the fact that she provided additional reading resources about being multiracial. I plan to continue to read up so that I, too, can be a nurturing grandmother.

Patti Barry
Project Race Grandparents


Project RACE Grandparents!

We are delighted to introduce our membership to Freda Brown, President of our newest division, Project RACE Grandparents! “I am excited to become a part of the great work that Project RACE is doing on behalf of multiracial people,” Freda said.  “I am richly blessed to have three very talented, beautiful and kind multiracial grandchildren and am proud of their heritage and thankful for their individuality.” 
Freda lives in New Hope, Minnesota and actually enjoys the cold weather there. In addition to multiracial advocacy, her interests include arts and crafts, reading, and nature walks. She also loves playing computer games, which helps make her a pretty fun Grandma. But her favorite pastime is visiting her grandkids… naturally!

Project RACE starts new Grandparents Division!

We have Project RACE, Project RACE Kids, and Project RACE Teens serving multiracial families. Now Project RACE announces the opening of Project RACE Grandparents! Today, September 9th is National Grandparents Day and we honor grandparents everywhere. We are now accepting applications for the president of PR Grandparents. Please send the following to susangraham@projectrace.com:
  1. Name
  2. City, State
  3. Email address
  4. Brief statement about why you think you would make a good president of Project RACE Grandparents (500 words or fewer).