Earlier, we posted an article about bibliotherapy, or using books to help children reflect on and understand challenging experiences. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be posting some bibliographies related to some of those specific childhood experiences. Today’s list focuses on adoption. Do you have other titles that you’ve found useful in working with children and families who want books about adoption? We’d love to hear your suggestions!
Blomquist, Geraldine. Zachary’s New Home. ISBN# 0-8368-0937-8. The story of a little kitten whose daddy disappears and whose Mom cannot care for him. The kitten is adopted and loved by a family of swans.
Bunin, Catherine. Is That Your Sister? A True Story of Adoption. ISBN# 978-961187262 An adopted six year old girl tells about adoption and how she and her sister feel about it.
Bunting, Eve. Jin Woo. ISBN# 0-395-93872-4 A boy’s journey from uncertainty and dread to acceptance about the arrival of his new brother from Korea.
Cole, Joanna. How I Was Adopted . ISBN# 978-0688170554 A little girl named Samantha talks about her memories and of being told how she was adopted. All illustrations and words depict a very positive atmosphere around the concept of adoption. No negative feelings are shared in this fictional book.
Curtis, Jamie Lee. Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born. ISBN# 978-0064435819 A story that affirms family love and how pleased children are to hear the story of their birth.
Girard, Linda Walvoord. Adoption is for Always. ISBN# 978-0807501870. Celia knows that she was adopted but is just beginning to understand what that means. Explores feelings of confusion anger that adopted children may have as parents answer questions honestly and with love.
Kasza, Keiko. A Mother for Choco. ISBN# 978-0698113640. A chubby-faced yellow bird searches for a mother and believes that he must find an animal that resembles him. He is surprised when Mrs. Bear takes him in as her own.
Katz, Karen. Over the Moon. ISBN# 0-8050-5013-2. A reassuring story about the joy of new parents which ends with “always and forever” which is the promise of adoption.
Kitze, Carrie. I Don’t Have Your Eyes. ISBN# 978-0972624428 . Affirms loving, caring, listening, giving, and sharing between parents and children who do not look alike.
Koeler, Phoebe. The Day We Met You. ISBN# 978-0689809644. A story about the special preparations that are made by parents before they meet their adopted child.
Krementz, Jill. How It Feels To Be Adopted. ISBN# 978-0394758534. A book of interviews of adopted children ages 8-18. They tell about their feelings and their families. This book would be appropriate for adoptive parents to share with an older child.
Leman, Dr. Kevin. My Adopted Child, There’s No One Like You. ISBN# 978-0800718893. Celebrates the adopted child and recognizes him/her for being a unique individual
Lopez, Susana. The Best Family in the World. ISBN#978-1935279471. Carlota learns that she is going to be adopted by a family and her imagination begins to spin as she imagines life with a new family. Will they be pastry chefs or pirates or astronauts, allowing her to do special, unique things associated with those vocations? When she meets her new family, she discovers that who they are is just perfect for her.
Mitchell, Christine. Welcome Home, Forever Child. ISBN# 978-1425963040. A book for a child who was not adopted as an infant. Talks about all the milestones an adoptive family may have missed and all the “firsts” they will experience with their new child.
Miller, Kathryn. Did My First Mother Love Me? ISBN# 978-0930934859. Morgan wonders about her adoption and is read a letter that was written to her by her birthmother. Her birthmother acknowledges that she wanted Morgan to live in a happy and supportive environment and that she could not provide that for her.
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