Color Counterbalance is a website, a bookshelf, a blog... a space to provide resources to help counterbalance the whiteness that dominates our society. Filling our homes with books, dolls, toys, and media featuring non-dominant races and cultures is a start to reflecting in our lives the diversity we want our children to value.
Please browse through the books*, all of which feature non-dominant culture characters. Some books directly address issues of race and tolerance, others simply tell a story. All provide opportunities for discussion. Select out-of-print books are available for purchase - please contact us if you would like more information.
Because we have had many requests for a list of books, we have created a bibliography that we update regularly. Please feel free to share this with your local teachers, librarians, and booksellers.
On our blog, we reflect on our experiences engaging our children in discussions about race and our efforts to bring anti-bias education to our community. We also write about some of our favorite books.
There are many, many wonderful resources on racial justice. Please check out our "Other Resource" page. On our "Products" page, we link to artists who create bags, jewelry, calendars, paintings, ornaments, etc.; another wonderful way to help represent diversity in our homes.
What can you do to counterbalance the whiteness that dominates our society?
Many of us are asking this question. Here are a few suggestions:
- Buy books featuring non-White main characters for the children in your life
- Share our bibliography with your local schools, libraries, and booksellers
- Commit to reading the list of books about race that every white person should read
- Support artists and businesses who feature diversity in their products
- Donate to organizations dedicated to seeking justice, fighting racism, and teaching tolerance, such as American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center.
Book of the Moment
Set During one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, One Crazy Summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them. It's an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.
"Rita Williams-Garcia's One Crazy Summer absolutely blew me away. What an amazing and beautifully written story. I find myself still thinking about Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern and all the many other people Rita brought to life. Rita took me right into the world of the Black Panthers and Oakland in the 1960s. This novel is just glorious." ---Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor Author of After Tupac & D Foster
"One Crazy Summer is a genuine rarity: a book that is both important in its contents and utterly engaging in its characters...with the tremendous bonus of being beautifully written." ---Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medal-winning author of a Single Shard
"The setting and time period are as vividly realized as the characters, and readers will want to know more about Delphine and her sisters after they return to Brooklyn." ---The Horn Book (starred review)
Awards and Honors for One Crazy Summer include Newbery Honor Book, Loretta Scott King Award (Author), National Book Award Finalist, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.