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Adoption is For Always by Linda Walvoord Girard

Celia, a young child, tries to understand adoption. (For age 4-8)

A Family for Jamie by Suzanne Bloom

Describes the excitement and anticipation of a couple waiting to adopt.

Before I Met You; A Therapeutic Pre-Adoption Narrative Designed for Children Adopted from China by Doris A. Landry, M.S.

It's hard to say enough positive things about this book. Every little girl adopted from China should have the chance to read this book with her forever family. The story explains from the point-of-view of the adoptive parent what the child's life may have been like in China before coming home to her forever family. The author, a psychotherapist who specializes in attachment/adoption, sensitively presents the information in a way that will open dialogue between parent and child. Suggestions for parents are in the back of the book. Ordering information is available on the author's website.

Beginnings by Virginia Kroll

Parents and children discuss how their families came to be, covering birth families and various kinds of adoptive families.

Brian Was Adopted by Doris Sanford

A boy who was adopted from Korea as an infant describes his new life in America and the love he receives from his new parents.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends' skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature. Although the book doesn't mention adoption, this book affirms the diversity of skin tones which may be found in one family. The author, who also wrote Over the Moon, adopted her daughter from Guatemala.

The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler

Mom and Dad recount the exciting day when they adopted their baby.

Families Are Different by Nina Pellegrini

A girl, adopted from Korea, discovers that her classmates have different types of families.

Families Are Forever by Deb Capone and Craig Sherman

A little girl recounts the story of her adoption from China by a single mother.

Goose by Molly Bang

Adopted by woodchucks at birth, a baby goose never feels she truly belongs—until the day she discovers she can fly.

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon

Parents celebrate the day on which they adopted their child.

Horace by Holly Keller

Horace, a cheetah adopted by lions, goes in search of others who look like him. He spends the whole afternoon with a family who looks like him and discovers that his feelings about his family are more important than how they look.

How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole

A young girl tells the story of how she came to be her parents' child through aodption.

I Don't Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze

I Don't Have Your Eyes, but I have your way of looking at things....begins this beautifully illustrated and uplifting book that helps to create the intimate parent/caregiver and child bond that is so important within a family. While others may notice the physical differences, there are so many ways we can celebrate the commonality that makes us truly family. We don’t look the same on the outside, but in our hearts, we are the same.

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis

A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.

Katie-Bo by Iris Fisher

Relates the adoption of a Korean baby into an American family as seen through the eyes of her brother-to-be.

A Koala for Katie by Jonathan London

Katie processes her feelings about adoption as she talks with her parents and plays with her “adopted” stuffed koala bear. One note about the page, “She loved you…”: our attachment psychologist recommends that we not say, “Your birth mother loved you so much…” because it creates both anxiety and unrealistic images of the birth mother. The child may feel that, if her birth mother “loved her so much” and still gave her up, that another mother who loves her may also give her up. The child may also imagine that somewhere out there is a mother who loves her more than her adoptive parents love her; an emotional conundrum that can hinder or block the attachment process. We avoid love statements and focus instead on the birth parent’s choices: “Your birth mother made a wise choice when she made an adoption plan for you.”

Let's Talk About It: Adoption by Fred Rogers

Discusses what it means to be part of a family and examines some feelings that adopted children may have.

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk

When Miss Spider hatches from her egg, no mother is in sight. A friendly beetle assists her in searching. After rescuing Miss Spider several times, the beetle adopts Miss Spider. The book ends with the sweet refrain, “For finding your mother, there's one certain test. You must look for the creature who loves you the best." Other Miss Spider books and DVDs continue the themes (Mommy love/adoption/unconditional love), including the DVD Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids, in which Miss Spider searches for her own lost child, locates him, and adopts three orphaned insects.

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

Choco, a bird, tries and tries to find her mother, expecting to find someone who looks like her. A kind bear suggests that maybe she could be Choco's mother. When they go to the bear's house, Choco meets the other children: a hippo, an alligator, and a pig.

My Mei Mei by Ed Young

Antonia gets her wish when her parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her. Based upon the author's experience adopting two children from China. New in 2006.

Our Baby from China by Nancy D'Antonio

An American couple goes to China to adopt a baby.

Over the Moon by Karen Katz

A couple goes on a long jet ride to adopt a baby.

The Red Blanket by Eliza Thomas

Tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby.

Rosie's Family: An Adoption Story by Lori Rosove

Rosie, a beagle adopted by schnauzers, feels different from her family.

Seeds of Love by Mary E. Petertyl

A young girl works through feelings of anticipation and fear when her parents travel to another country without her to adopt her baby sister.

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.

Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Turner

A boy who came from far away to be adopted by a couple in this country remembers how unfamiliar and frightening some of the things were in his new home, before he accepted the love to be found there.

Two Birthdays for Beth by Gay Lynn Cronin

A young girl believes that her adoption means she will receive a second birthday celebration. The misunderstanding leads to an understanding of what it means to be adopted.

Welcome Home, Forever Child by Christine Mitchell

This book fills a need for children who were adopted post-infancy. While acknowledging that the new family may have missed many firsts—crawling, new teeth, first smiles—it also celebrates the firsts that the family will experience together: riding a horse, camping, swimming, school. In cheerful rhyme, the text also speaks of all the things the parents will do for the child: “count to twenty as you hide,” fix broken toys, kiss booboos, mark growth on the wall and more. It especially meets the needs of trans-racial families as the main characters, cats, are all uniquely colored.

We See the Moon by Carrie Kitze

This poetic book evokes powerful feelings and opens the door for conversation about birth parents with questions like "Where are you now?", "Why did you leave me?" and "Do you remember me?" Although Amazon says ages 4-8, it could be very effectively used with much older children. The gorgeous paintings are "created by Chinese peasants working in Jinshan County near Shanaghai, China." When we read the book aloud to our son, we change the last line, "And I will always love you," (referring to the child's feelings for the birth parents) to "And I will decide whether to have a special place in my heart for you." A special guide for parents is available for download at http://www.emkpress.com

When You Were Born in China by Sara Dorow

A memory book for children adopted from China; depicts the typical China adoption sequence.

When You Were Born in Korea by Brian Boyd

A memory book for children adopted from Korea; depicts the typical Korean adoption sequence.

The White Swan Express by Jean Davies Okimoto & Elaine M. Aoki

Across North America, people in four different homes prepare for a special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their new adoptive parents.

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