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Best Children’s Adoption Books
- Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz
Author/illustrator Katz’s optimism about adoption shines through with her magical, colorful pictures throughout.
- A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
A classic adoption favorite using cute animals.
- Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon
A book the whole family can sing along celebrating adoption.
- Forever Fingerprints: An Amazing Discovery For Adopted Children by Sherrie Eldridge, illustrated by Rob Williams
Fingerprints are the jumping off point to help families create a vehicle for discussing serious adoption issues with children.
- The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairytale by Grace Lin
Truly written like a fairytale, the story encompasses the Chinese idea of the red thread of fate and interconnection.
Best Adoption Books for Adults
- The Connected Child by Caryn Purvis, David Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
A combination of compassion and empirical data gives rise to cutting edge information on how to work with adoptive children’s trauma.
- Adoption Parenting: Creating A Toolbox by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae
At 520 pages, this is an excellent shelf resource with practical knowledge for adoptive parents on every subject under the sun.
- LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child by Beth O’Malley
Practical guide to creating that keepsake life book for the adopted child, simultaneously promoting self-understanding.
- Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge
Essays by children who were adopted addressing issues on adoption from their perspective.
- I Wish for You a Beautiful Life edited by Sara Dorow
This is a compilation of actual letters from Korean Birth Mothers who temporarily lived in a home for unwed mothers in Korea. The letters are intense and personal from a different culture half a world away, yet speak to the universal desire for the best for one’s children.