Pattibarry Family

Grandparents are in the wonderful position to be able to pass on to their grandchildren knowledge and wisdom the has mellowed and deepened over many years. Finding special books to read together that offer opportunities to share that wisdom through discussion, whether the books are serious vs. silly, long or short, or fiction vs. nonfiction, are one of the great joys we have when interacting with our little ones. For multiracial families, it is a bonus to find books that feature multiracial characters.

As my grandson turns 18 months old this month, I have grown to appreciate the many blogs and book lists to be found on the internet that feature multiracial characters. A search using ‘multicultural books for children’ will certainly help you find a multitude of reading options. A particular favorite of mine can be found at, and to celebrate the upcoming Grandparents Day, here is a link to an article posted there last year at this time. . My favorite list on that blog is called 10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Multicultural Picture Books.

To read the book description, I found that I have to go on Amazon and type the book title in the search bar instead of clicking on the link in the list, but the lists found on the blog, and in many other blogs that are found online, are great starting points to find reads that enhance our time with our grandchildren.

Happy browsing.

Patti Barry

Project Race Grandparents

Photo Credit: Patty Barry





Project RACE Grandparents has a new President!

We are thrilled to announce that Patti Barry will fill the position. Patti Barry is the president of Project RACE Grandparents. Patti is the illustrator of the book The Magnificent Land of the Multi-Colored Horses, which is one of our favorite books. Patti and her husband—and author of the book—is Ken Barry. They live in Southern California.

Patti and Ken have been married for 33 years and have two accomplished
daughters, Stephanie and Loren. Steph is pregnant with Patti and Ken’s
second multiracial grandchild!

Patti Barry is a photographer, cartoonist and illustrator.

She is going to be a wonderful asset to our Project RACE Grandparents division.

Welcome, Patti!




horse book front cover 


Every so often, I fall in love with a book. It’s a long time between books that I love. One has landed in my inbox to read online and I have a copy on my desk. The book is The Magnificent Land of the Multi-Colored Horses.

The book is written by Ken Barry and illustrated by Patti Barry—two very talented people! They are expecting their first multiracial grandchild. The story is about a lovely land that was the home to beautiful horses of all different colors. They got along and all was well. Then the horses suddenly began to “hang out” only with horses whose colors were the same as theirs. Things got pretty tense between the different groups. You will have to read the book to see what happens!

The Magnificent Land of the Multi-Colored Horses is targeted for preschool through fourth grade children, but I think this story should be in every home and library. It’s for every age. The writing is clear, yet the descriptions of the horses are absolutely lovely. The illustrations are simple, yet they are precisely what they need to be, loving and adorable, and yes, still for every age.

You can get The Magnificent Land of the Multi-Colored Horses on Amazon at We also carry them at the Project RACE online store at:, where your contribution will benefit Project RACE, so that we can afford to carry out our mission statement and offer wonderful books to you like The Magnificent Land of the Multi-Colored Horses.

By Susan Graham