Books on Adoption for Children

We recommend that these books are read to children, and the stories are discussed with them afterward.  

Adoption is for Always, Linda Walvoord Girard, Albert Whitman and Company, 1986.  A little girl discovers that she is adopted and she feels bad and acts out. The story is about how the parents deal with her behavior and how she comes to accept adoption as the
happiness of her life.

All About Adoption, by Marc Nemiroll and Jane Annunziata.  For children 6-11 includes good information about children's feelings, adoptive families and birthparents.  It includes anxiety, older child adoption and birthparent issues.  

Allison,  Allen Say, 1997,   When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcome discovery with he help of a stray cat.  Caucasian parents, Asian child.  

Being Adopted, Maxine B.Rosenberg, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1984.  In simple and few words the children’s fears about joining a family they didn’t know and the rewarding outcome of becoming part of a loving and helpful family tell the story of being adopted. This includes transracial and transcultural adoptions and families.

Beneath Her Gentle Wings, Mona McElderry, an imprint of SISU Press, Minnesota, 1995.  A simple story about a hen who cannot fly and who finds a baby sparrow that she takes under her wings and raises. With the work of others in her community the little bird learns how to fly.

Boyra and the Burps, A Eastern European Adoption Story, Joan McNamara.  This light-heartened book helps little ones visualize the movement from Eastern Europe to home.  Beautifully ilistrated and fun to read.

The Three Names of Me, by Mary Cummings.  This book addresses the fact that in addition to a Chinese name and, in many cases, a newly given name when adopted, you also have a third name which was "whispered" by your birth mom.  Questions and emotions are sure to follow.

The Kiss Goodbye, the Kissing Hand and A Pocket Full of Kisses by Audrey Penn, these books share themes related to change, transitions and love.

Don’t Touch my heart,  Lynda Gianforte Mansfield and Christopher Waldmann. (age 7+)  A moving story about how an attachment disordered child and his successful treatment.  Can be read to any age child.

Did My First Mother Love Me?  Kathryn Ann Miller, Morning Glory Press, 1994.  A little girl asks her adoptive mother about the birth mom. The mother takes out a letter from the girl’s birth mom and it explains very simply how much she indeed loved her child—so much
so that she wanted her to be loved and to grow up happy and those were things she wouldn’t have been able to offer.

Families are Different,  Nina Pellegrini, 1991, (age 4+).  An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.  Caucasian parents.

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, Jane Dyer, Little, Brown and Company, 2000.  The author chronicles the adoption of her own child from what she felt was missing in her life, to the trip to China to find her daughter, to bringing the child home, to their life together.

Long Journey Home, Richard Delany Ph.D. (age 4+) A well written story about a little boy's journey and his difficulty trusting.   

Look Who’s Adopted,
 Michael Taheri, 1996, (ages 5+).  Written by a local author, this book describes famous persons who were adopted.  Can help normalize being adopted by providing some well known people as role models.  

Steven’s Baseball Mitt,  Kathy Stinson, 1992, (5).  A young person’s feelings and fantasies about being adopted.

Somebody Else’s Child,  Roberta Silman, 1976, (8).  A fourth grader is hurt when an adult friend misunderstands adoptive relationships.

The Best Single Mom in the World: How I was Adopted.  Mary Zisk, A cheerfully illustrated read-aloud book for a single parent family.  
The Coffee Can Kid, Jan M. Czech, Child Welfare League of America, 2002.  About an adoption from China, this book is good for all adopted children.

The Sounds of Coaches,  Leon Garfield, 1974, (15).  
Set in 18th. Century England the story describes an adopted boy’s relationship with this adoptive parents, his fantasies about his birthfather, and the effect when he encounters his birthfather by chance

The Red Thread,
by Grace Lin.  The Red Thread is a fairytale with a Chinese adoption theme.  A simply, fanciful story that all children, adopted or not, will find magical.

Vicky,  Catherine Storr, 1981, (15).  After her adoptive mother dies, sixteen year old Vicky decides to search for information about her biologic parents.  

Velveteen Rabbit,  The story is about what does it mean to be "real" and how does one become "real."

When You Were Born In China, Sara Dorow, 1997, (2+).  Pictures and story about being adopted from China and about China.