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Children's Books About Adoption

Here's some recommended reading for an adopted child:

Abby by Jeannette Caines This is the story of Abby's interactions within her adopted family, especially with her brother Kevin who initially gives her a hard time. She is part of a warm and loving black family living in a city apartment.

Adoption Is for Always by Linda Walvoord Girard A 5-year-old girl, Celia, knows she is adopted. But she is confused and angry, and her parents must deal with her many questions in an honest and loving way.

The Adopted One: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together by Sara Bonnett Stein This photo essay has a text for both adults and children.

Adoption Stories for Young Children by Randall B. Hicks This is a book to help parents discuss adoption with their children and how their family was created through adoption. Five-year-old Ryan learns that a woman who is having a baby may decide that the baby can be better taken care of by someone else.

Allison by Allen Say When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcome discovery through the help of a stray cat.

All About Me by Lynn Burwash and Cie McMullin All About Me, was written by two adoptive mothers as a tool for adoptive parents who wish to help their young children understand the meaning of being adopted.

All Together Now by Anita Jeram This story is about the Honeys -- Mommy Rabbit, Bunny, Little Duckling, and Miss Mouse. This happy, cross-species crew plays "splashy-sploshy" and "itchy-twitchy, swirly-whirly" games.

A is for Adopted by Eileen Tucker Cosby This Christian-themed alphabet book takes you from "A is for Adopted" to "Z is for Zest for Life."

Beginnings: How Families Come to Be by Virginia Kroll Six vignettes discuss six different ways that children join families, including by adoption.

Being Adopted by Stephanie Herbert A 7-year-old girl tells her adoption story.

The Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted by Mary Zisk A little girl tells the story of her adoption as her mom has told it to her.

Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl by Perry Schwartz Carolyn's parents adopted her from Honduras when she was a baby. She has a little brother who was also adopted from Honduras. Includes information and resources about adoption.

A China Adoption Story: Mommy, Why Do We Look Different? by Frances M. Koh Four-year-old Laura Shu-Mei wonders why she and her parents don't look the same. Her mom explains about Laura's beginnings in China and tells her the story of how she was adopted.

Chinese Eyes by Marjorie Ann Waybill An adopted Korean girl gets a lesson on how unimportant it is that some people think she is different.

The Chosen Baby by Valentina Pavlovna Wasson, Glo Coalson This book explains to young children the joy and rapture adoptive parents feel when the baby arrives. The couple in the novel adopt one baby and then decide to adopt a second one.

The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler Illustrated with pastel crayon drawings, this is the story of Mom and Dad telling about the exciting day they adopted their baby.

Did My First Mother Love Me? A Story for an Adopted Child by Kathryn Ann Miller Morgan asks her adoptive mom if her first mother loved her. Her mother answers Morgan by reading her a letter that Morgan's birth mother wrote to her.

Do I Have a Daddy? A Story About a Single-Parent Child: With a Special Section for Single Mothers and Fathers by Jeanne Warren Lindsay Erik is teased about not having a father and asks his mother "Where is my daddy?" His mother explains to him what happened. The second half of the book is a section for single parents.

Emma's Yucky Brother by Jean Little, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas Emma finds out how hard it is to be a big sister when her family adopts a 4-year-old boy named Max.

Families by Meredith Tax Six-year-old Angie explores the dizzying number of possible relationships created by marriages, divorces, adoptions and single parenting.

Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini Six-year-old Nico and 10-year-old Angelica were adopted from Korea as babies. Nico becomes troubled because her two girlfriends look just like their parents. Finally Nico talks to her mom who tells her all about the many different kinds of families.

A Family for Jamie: An Adoption Story by Suzanne Bloom Molly and Dan seek the help of an adoption counselor. After the adoption worker tells them about a baby needing a family like theirs, they invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to welcome Jamie home.

Happy Adoption Day! by John McCutcheon "Happy Adoption Day" is a song for the day a long-awaited child joins an adoptive family and "a family was born," including musical notation so everybody can sing along.

Heart of Mine: A Story of Adoption by Dan Hojer, Lotta Hojer One day, the phone rang in the home of a couple who longed and waited for a child. Their little girl had been born on Valentine's Day in Vietnam.

Horace by Holly Keller Horace becomes bothered that he has fur that is dotted while his relatives all have fur that is striped. He runs away to find a family that looks like him, but he misses his mom and dad and decides to return home.

How Babies and Families Are Made (There Is More Than One Way!) by Patricia Schaffer This book surveys the different ways in which children are conceived, develop, are born, and become parts of families.

How I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story by Joanna Cole This is the story of Samantha's adoption told from a child's perspective.

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis For Rose Lewis, the journey to motherhood begins with a letter to Chinese officials, asking if she can adopt from the "big room with lots of other babies." She travels to China to meet her new little girl and take her baby home.

I Miss My Foster Parents by Stefon Herbert A young boy and his sister love their foster parents. When they learn they are going to be adopted they are upset and frightened. But after they move, they begin to like their new parents and home. They still miss their foster parents and hope they will be able to visit them someday.

I'd Rather Be with a Real Mom Who Loves Me by Michael Gordon, PhD A boy is confused and angry about his placement in foster care, even though he knows his mother was not able to take proper care of him or protect him. He is tired of therapy, though one of his therapists is pretty nice, and he thinks his foster mother is okay. This book does not have a "happy" ending. At the end, the boy is still in limbo.

Is That Your Sister? A True Story of Adoption by Catherine Bunin, Sherry Bunin This book is told from the perspective of a 6-year-old girl who is a member of an interracial family. She expresses feelings about being adopted and not looking like her parents and siblings and reminds the reader that adoption is only one facet of her family's life.

A Koala for Katie by Jonathan London An adopted child reexamines her relationship to her two sets of parents and then adopts a stuffed animal.

Let's Talk About It: Adoption by Fred Rogers Fred Rogers reassures children that being in a family means belonging. He encourages children to talk with their parents about their happy and sad feelings concerning being adopted.

Little Flower: A Journey of Caring by Laura McAndrew Little Flower, a potted daisy who is neglected by her family, finds help and a new place to stay until the people she was living with can learn how to take better care of her. Includes projects to help the healing process of those in a similar situation.

The Little Green Goose by Adele Sansone Mr. Goose finds an abandoned egg, hatches it, and raises a peculiar green-skinned long-tailed chick, who worries about his identity but comes to recognize that he has a loving parent.

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk After Miss Spider hatches, her mother is nowhere to be found. When a maternal beetle offers to take her in, Miss Spider knows her search for Mom is over.

Look Who's Adopted by Michael S. Taheri and James F. Orr The book explores the different careers and activities that adopted people have undertaken. The book is narrated by Wendel, a turtle adopted by a family of rabbits. It also includes a place for children to list adopted people that they personally know.

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza A lonely, motherless little bird, Choco, sets out to find his mother. Mrs. Bear finds him crying and asks what a mommy would do for him. As he answers, she holds him, kisses him, sings to him and dances with him. Eventually, Choco accepts Mrs. Bear as his new mommy.

The Mulberry Bird: Story of an Adoption by Anne Braff Brodzinsky This story is about a mother who is not able to come for her baby bird. Although, it includes some real facts about the natural habits of birds, it is a fantasy about adoption. Once the mother decides to let her baby be adopted, the story shifts to the baby's adjustment process in his new family.

My Foster Family: A Story for Children Entering Foster Care by Jennifer Levine Using a coloring book format, the booklet explains foster care to children using words they can understand. It can be used at any stage of the foster care placement process to help children explore their feelings, fears, and concerns about foster care.

My Special Family: A Children's Book About Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber and Debra Marks Parelskin A workbook for children of open adoption to help them understand their relationships with their adoptive parents and birth parents.

Never, Never, Never Will She Stop Loving You by Jolene Durrant The story of a birth mother, Annie, and the baby she placed for adoption.

Oliver: A Story About Adoption by Lois Wickstrom Oliver, a lizard-like animal who has been adopted, is scolded by his father and sent to his room, where he sulks and wonders what his birth parents are like.

Our Baby from China by Nancy D'Antonio Our Baby from China tells the true adoption story of Ariela Xiangwei. The book starts by showing Ariela's new parents coming to China to meet her and to visit her wonderful homeland. Finally, they get to come back home and show off Ariela to all their relatives.

Pinky and Rex and the New Baby by James Howe Rex finds out from her mother and father that they are going to adopt a baby boy. Rex decides to spend all her free time helping with the baby, so that her parents will continue to notice and value her. Rex finally figures out that there is enough love in the family for everyone.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon After falling headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat named Stellaluna is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

Tall Boy's Journey by Joanna Halpert Kraus The grandmother of Kim Moo Young, an 8-year-old Korean boy, dies, and Kim's uncle, a soldier, is not able to care for him. The uncle tells Kim Moo Young that he must be a brave boy, and go on a mission across the sea to live with an American family.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.

This Is How We Became a Family: An Adoption Story by Wayne Willis This is the story of a couple who long for a child, of a pregnant woman who is not ready to be a mother, and of the events that bring them together for a happy ending.

Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Warren Turner A small Asian boy tells the reader his story of how he needed a bed, poppa, and momma of his own.

Twice-Upon-A-Time: Born and Adopted by Eleanora Patterson This book describes, in simple terms for children, both the biological and social origins of adopted children.

Two Birthdays for Beth by Gay Lynn Cronin Beth's mother explains that adoption is a great way to join a family, but there is only one special day for presents. Beth shows her mother that she understands the most important thing about adoption is love.

The Visit by S. Latisha Herbert A small girl and her brother who live in a foster home are taken by their social worker to visit their sister and brothers who live with another foster family. They talk, play with toys, and have a treat. At the end of the visit they are sad because they will not see one another again very soon. But these visits make them all very happy.

What's a Foster Family Anyway? by Martine Golden Inlay This book provides a resource in helping children cope with the potentially traumatic experience of placement into foster care.

When You Were Born in China: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from China by Sara Dorow This book about adopting from China is a photo-essay that provides a child's-eye look, helping to explain some of the whys and hows that have brought these children to their new families.

When You Were Born in Korea: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Korea by Brian Boyd This book for Korean children adopted by families in the United States tells the story of what their early days in Korea were probably like.

When You Were Born in Vietnam: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Vietnam by Therese Bartlett Speaking directly to adopted children, this book offers a clear and straightforward explanation of how children in Vietnam are placed for adoption.

Why Was I Adopted? by Carole Livingston This is a picture book dealing with some of the most frequent questions children ask about adoption. The answers are designed to reinforce feelings of love and self-esteem.

Zachary's New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine Molettiere Blomquist, Paul B. Blomquist Zachary, a sad kitten, is adopted by geese and finds the adjustment difficult.

Source: National Adoption Information Clearinghouse