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Adoption Books
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
by Rose Lewis; Jane Dyer, Illustrator

Based on the author's own experience this heartfelt story follows a woman on her journey to adopt a baby from China.

Hardcover (2000)

Nikolai, The Only Bear Nikolai, The Only Bear
by Barbara Joosse
2005 Read About Book
The White Swan Express The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption
by Jean Davies Okimoto (Author), Elaine M. Aoki (Author), Meilo So (Illustrator)

"In China, the moon shines on four baby girls fast asleep in an orphanage. Far away in North America, the sun rises over four homes as the people inside get ready to start a long, exciting journey. With tenderness and humor, this lyrical story tells how they are all brought together, and how they become four happy families on one very special day."
--Clarion 2002
Hardcover (2002)

An Mei's Strange and Wondrous Journey An Mei's Strange and Wondrous Journey
Stephan Molnar-Fenton, Author/Adoptive Parent
Vivienne Flesher, Illustrator

"I was born on a train as it passed through a long, dark tunnel." So begins An Meiís journey, one that takes her from the steps of an orphanage in Wuhan, China, "across an ocean so wide I thought it would never end," to the very different world of New England.

Based on the authorís own adoption of a Chinese baby and illustrated with warmth and compassion for the subject, "An Meiís story is similar to adopted children everywhere as each begins their journey with a new family.

Some may find it unusual to hear recollections through and infantís voice. Those who have adopted or shared the joys and heartaches of adoption, will quickly see the love, joy, acceptance, acknowledgement and journey not only for the child but also for the adopted parents.

Hardcover (1998)

My Mei Mei My Mei Mei by Ed Young
More than anything else in the world, Antonia wants a Mei Mei, little sister, to call her own. But when she and her mother and father fly all the way to China to get her little sister and Antonia finally meets her, she is not at all like Antonia imagined her: She canít walk. She canít talk. She just cries and steals attention. But is her Mei Mei all that bad? This charming personal story from Ed Young follows a little girl as she learns what being a big sister is all about, and discovers the real meaning of family.
Hardcover 2006
Our Twitchy Our Twitchy
Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan

"Pop," said Twitchy, "why don't you and Mom hop like I do?"

Twitchy and his parents live in a burrow and munch on carrots, just like any bunny family. But when Twitchy wonders why he doesn't look like his parents, the answer surprises him. How can the three of them truly be a family if they're not really the same? With lots of love (and plenty of carrots) Twitchy's parents show him that they are indeed a family after all. This sweet, funny adoption story will appeal to children and parents alike.
--Henry Holt 2003   Hardcover

Allen Say

"When Allison tries on the red kimono her grandmother has sent her, she is suddenly aware that she resembles her favorite doll more than she does her mother and father. When her parents explain that she is adopted, Allison's doll becomes her only solace--until she finds a stray cat in the garden and learns the true meaning of adoption and parental love. " Hardcover

Shaoey and Dot Shaoey and Dot
Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman

Heartwarming tale inspired by the true story of their adoption of three little girls from China and is a story of hope and faith for all families who have been blessed by a lost little bundle of love.

The Bora Boys and the Last Big Door The Bora Boys and the Last Big Door
by Michael J. Feeney

Whisked away on a magical adventure through time, young Jack and Mickey leave behind present day Nantucket Island and embark on a whirlwind tour of old Cambodia.
During their naptime, Jack and Mickey are unable to sleep, so they climb up to the attic, where they meet Whalebone, the ghost of an old seafaring sailor. When he learns that Jack has been adopted from Cambodia he guides them on a journey where Jack learns more about his heritage and his beautiful native country. [bringing worlds together and two brothers closer.]
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Sharing Foundation, to benefit Cambodia's children. ORDER HERE

Over the Moon : An Adoption Story
Karen Katz
Ages 3-7

"Forever and always we will be your mommy and daddy. Forever and always you will be our child.'' The birth mother is gently described as another lady in whose tummy ``you grew like a flower,'' but who "wasn't able to take care of you, so Mommy and Daddy came to adopt you and bring you home.'' Hardcover

The Day We Met You
Phoebe Koehler

Picture Book for Ages 2-5. The Day We Met You explores a couple lovingly preparing their home for an adopted baby. "Adopted children love to hear their homecoming stories over and over, and this is a perfect book to encourage such retellings." Order: Paperback

Wasted: The Plight of America's Unwanted Children - Adult - HARDCOVER

The Chosen Baby by Valentina Pavlovna Wasson Hardcover

Did My First Mother Love Me? : A Story for an Adopted Child With a Special Section for Adoptive Parents, by Kathryn Ann Miller.

Morgan's adoptive mother reassures her that she is loved by reading a letter written by her birthmother. Includes a section: "Talking with your child about adoption." Paperback

The Adopted One: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together by Sara Bonnett Stein Paperback

Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted by Susan Gabel Order: Paperback

Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story - How many days until a little girlís adopted sibling is brought home? Follow a little girl as she and her family prepare for the new baby that will soon be joining them. And simultaneously, watch the girlís mother fly off to Korea, meet the new baby, and bring her home. Here is an utterly simple, sweet, and child-centric look at the adoption process through the eyes of a soon-to-be older sibling.

Tell Me Again: About the Night I Was Born
Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell
Library Edition
Why Was I Adopted?
Carole Livingston
Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies
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.

Audio Csst

I Have Roots and Branches I HAVE ROOTS AND BRANCHES - Personal Reflections on Adoption (2004)
While the process of adoption has been receiving increasingly greater attention, the feelings of those touched by adoption are often overlooked. Director and executive producer Flory G. Herman, a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 1994, takes an intimate look at adoption in this new 47 minute documentary-style film "I Have Roots and Branches"...Personal Reflections on Adoption. In the film, adoptees ranging in age from childhood to adulthood share their deepest thoughts and emotions on the adoption experience which has profoundly shaped their lives and those of their loved ones. The film conveys a positive, encouraging and honest message about adoption, and is most appropriate for children viewers. WINNER! 2004 Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence - VHS Version   DVD Version
Let's Talk About It: Adoption Let's Talk About It: Adoption

Fred Rogers opens the door for adopted children and their parents to safely talk about their good and sometimes not-so-good feelings in a book about the joy of belonging and the love that unites families.  Ages 4-8

Where Are My Birth Parents?: A Guide for Teenage Adoptees
by Karen Gravelle, Susan Fischer
Paperback - click here to get review

Find A Stranger, Say Goodbye!
by Lois Lowry - For Teens. In search of birthmother.

Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent Kimchi and calamari. It sounds like a quirky food fusion of Korean and Italian cuisine, and it's exactly how Joseph Calderaro feels about himself. Why wouldn't an adopted Korean drummerócomic book junkie feel like a combo platter given:
(1) his face in the mirror
(2) his proud Italian family.

And now Joseph has to write an essay about his ancestors for social studies. All he knows is that his birth family shipped his diapered butt on a plane to the USA. End of story. But what he writes leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishesóand self-discovery that Joseph never could have imagined.
Ages 9-12

How It Feels to Be Adopted
Jill Krementz  

Interviews with adopted children and adoptive families about their experiences and feelings concerning adoption. Paperback

Three Little Words Three Little Words: A Memoir
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative,humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed -- and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.
Ages 14 and up
Last Update: May 18, 2009