FOR KIDS

I Don't Have Your Eyes
by Carrie Kitze

A good early book for the 2-5 year old child about the differences they may see compared to their parents or other family members. For transracial and transcultural adoptees, domestic adoptees, and for children in foster care or kinship placements, celebrating the differences within their families as well as the similarities that connect them, is the foundation for belonging. 

I Promise I'll Find You
by Heather Patricia Ward

In eleven warm and simple verses, Heather Patricia Ward delivers a timeless message of reassurance. Sheila McGraw's imaginative illustrations show a devoted mother and an amusing dog as they search the world over for a lost child: at sea, in the city, over mountains, and even in outer space. Together, parents and children will enjoy the gentle language and the calm, reassuring pictures of this thoughtful and important book.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
by Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell create a picture book for every parent and every child.Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a unique, exuberant story about adoption and about the importance of a loving family. In asking her parents to tell her again about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart. A good way to connect a parent's feeling during all of the stages of the adoption.

Beginnings: How Families Come to Be
by Virginia Kroll

Simple stories that explore all the many ways families are made, from traditional nuclear arrangements to foster parenting to adoption.

Did My First Mother Love Me?
by Kathryn Ann Miller

When young Morgan asks, "Did my first mother love me?" her adoptive mother reads her a letter written by Morgan’s birth mother. This birth mother’s love, concern, and caring for her child come through loud and clear as she explains the kind of life she wants for her child. Sadly, she explains, she cannot provide that life for her child, so she has given her a different set of parents. “My dearest child, to your parents I have given the precious gift of you,” she writes. A reassuring story, this book can be adapted to the reader’s family situation. 

Forever Fingerprints
by Sherrie Eldridge

Heart-warming and playful, Forever Fingerprints uses a common occurrence a relative's pregnancy as a springboard for discussions on birthparents.

Lucie is excited to feel a baby moving in her Aunt Grace's tummy but it makes her think of how she understands her adoption story in a different way. The tools offered in this book help her to create a unique connection to her birthparents, allow how she is feeling to surface and to be discussed, and give Lucie's parents the chance to reinforce their love for her, to empathize with her feelings and to honor her past.

I'm Adopted!
by Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly

Why was I adopted? What was it like where I was born? How did you find me? 

Children have many questions about adoption. With a perceptive text and dynamic photographs, the creators of this book demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

How I Was Adopted
by Joanna Cole

Sam has a joyful story to tell, one completely her own, yet common to millions of families -- the story of how she was adopted. Most of all, it's a story about love. And in the end, Sam's story comes full circle, inviting young readers to share stories of how they were adopted.

Snowflakes: A Flurry of Adoption Stories
by Teresa Kelleher

This collection of stories is a great overview for everyone who has a connection with adoption and for everyone who wants to learn about adoption.

It gives insights from the perspective of children and teens as well as other family members.

The book allows you a peek into life before, during and after adoption: the happy, the sad, the challenging, and the delightful. It's unique because it tells about adoption from the viewpoint of children and teens who have been adopted.

Adopted Teens Only: A Survival Guide to Adolescence
by Danea Gorbett

All adopted teens have questions-questions about their adoptive family, about their birth parents, and about how adoption has affected and will continue to affect their lives. But not every adopted teen knows how to approach these questions or how to handle the intense emotions and high stress often associated with them. This guide has answers. Based on true stories, extensive research, and Danea Gorbett's own in addition to her background in psychology and education, Adopted Teens Only delivers suggestions for: bringing up sensitive topics with all types of adoptive parents, insight on what your adoptive parents might be going through, true stories of birth mothers, practical information on whether and how to search for birth parents, and seasoned advice on what to expect and how to prepare for reuniting with a birth parent. Gorbett offers confirmation that what you feel, think, wonder, and worry about as an adopted teen is normal and important, and she helps you acknowledge and celebrate the unique gifts and many advantages of growing up adopted.