In the beginning, there were three colors: reds, yellows and blues. So begins the seemingly simple but deceptively deep MIXED A COLORFUL STORY by author/illustrator Arree Chung. This tale of acceptance begins with the three primary color groups living a life of "color harmony" until a disagreement breaks out and the colors decide that segregation is the answer.
Of course, this solution doesn't last because the colors start mixing. Before long, yellow and blue get married and end up with a little green baby. The book ends with everyone living together in a "new city full of color."
I love how this book takes the complex concepts of interracial marriage and acceptance and explains them using colors, something that all crayon-coloring kids can relate to.
Interestingly, this book reminded me of an older, Spanish-language book that I used to read to my son when he was younger: Alma Flor Ada's Amigos.
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:
Please see this article from Education World for five great classroom activities designed to teach tolerance.
For more picture book recommendations, see Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Books.