I Don’t Have Your Eyes, written by Carrie A. Kitze and illustrated by Rob Williams, is a great picture book for an interracial family. This is a book that celebrates the differences and the similarities between children and the parents who may not look like them.
There is a difference between race and culture. Race comes from shared biological features; culture comes from shared experiences and values. This book, in a very simple and easy to understand way, is all about the difference between the two: a child may not be the same race as their other family members or friends, but they do have shared culture with them. Their eyes might be a different shape, but they view the world through a similar lens.
This is a good one for transracial adoptees or interracial families to help affirm that, though they may not look like family members, they still have a lot of similarities, strengths, and love between them all the same. The illustrations and tone of the book are very gentle and empowering, and a wide variety of different kinds of families are depicted throughout.
978-0972624428 32 pages Ages 2-5
Molly Weeks Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA