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Adoption: Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 0 to 3

  • The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997
  • Emma's Story by Deborah Hodge Tundra Books, 2003
  • Just Add One Chinese Sister Patricia McMahon and Conor Clarke McCarthy illustrated by Karen A. Jerome Boyds Mills Press, 2005
  • Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Turner HarperCollins, 1992

Ages 3 to 8

  • All About Adoption: How Families Are Made and How Kids Feel About It by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata illustrated by Carol Koeller Magination Press, 2004
  • Happy Adoption Day! lyrics by John McCutcheon illustrated by Julie Paschkis Little, Brown and Co., 1996
  • My Adopted Child, There/s No One Like You by Kevin Leman Revell, 2007
  • My New Family: A First Look At Adoption by Pat Thomas, illustrated by Lesley Harker Barron's Educational Series, 2003
  • A Koala for Katie: An Adoption Story by Jonathan London illustrated by Cynthia Jabar A. Whitman, 1993
  • The Mulberry Bird: An Adoption Story by Anne Braff Brodzinsky illustrated by Diana L. Stanley Perspectives Press, 1996
  • My Family is Forever by Nancy L. Carlson New York, Viking, 2004
  • My Mei Mei by Ed Young Philomel, 2006
  • My Real Family by Emily Arnold McCully Voyager, 1999
  • Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz H. Holt, 1997
  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis illustrated by Laura Cornell HarperCollins, 1996
  • The Tummy Mummy: Adoption Means Love by Michelle Madrid-Branch Santa Fe, NM, Adoption Tribe Pub, 2004
  • Welcome Home, Forever Child: a Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers and Beyond by Christine Mitchell AuthorHouse, 2006
  • Wished for You: an Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond Marianne Richmond Studios, 2008
  • You're Not My Real Mother! by Molly Friedrich and Christy Hale New York, Little, Brown, 2004

Ages 8 to 12

  • All About Adoption: How Families are Made and How Kids Feel About It by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata Washington, DC, Magination Press, 2004
  • At Home in This World, A China Adoption Story by Jean MacLeod EMK Press 2003
  • Did My First Mother Love Me?: A Story for an Adopted Child by Kathryn Ann Miller illustrated by Jami Moffett Morning Glory Press, 1994
  • How I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story by Joanna Cole Mulberry Books, 1999
  • Who Am I?: And Other Questions of Adopted Kids by Charlene Giannetti Price Stern Sloan, 1999
  • When You Were Born in China: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from China by Sara Dorow photographs by Stephen Wunrow Yeong & Yeong Book Co., 1997

Young Adult

  • Adopted Teens Only: A Survival Guide to Adolescence by Denea Gorbett New York, iUniverse, 2004.
  • Good Night Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent Harper Collins, 2007

Books for Adults

  • Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by L. Anne Babb Praeger, 2008
  • Adoption is a Family Affair! What Relatives and Friends Must Know by Patricia Irwin Johnston Perspectives Press, 2001
  • Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections by Jean MacLeod EMK Press, 2006
  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents by Deborah Gray Perspectives Press, 2002
  • Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments With Your Adopted Child by Lark Eshleman Taylor Trade Publishing, 2006
  • Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis McGraw-Hill, 2007
  • Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Adoption: What Children Need to Know by Fanny Herlem Jessica Kingsley Publ., 2008
  • Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg, Beth Hall Perspectives Press, 2000
  • Insight Into Adoption: What Adoptive Parents Need to Know About the Fundamental Differences Between a Biological and an Adopted Child—And Its Effect on Parenting by Barbara Blomquist CC Thoma, 2001
  • Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family by Andrew Adesman New York, McGraw-Hill, 2004
  • Parenting Your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges and Raise a Happy and Healthy Child by Brenda McCreight New Harbinger Publishers, 2002
  • Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years by Patty Cogen Harvard Common Press, 2008
  • Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past by Betsy Keefer, Jayne Schooler Bergin and Garvey, 2000
  • Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family by Jayne Schooler Navpress Publ Group Rev. ed, 2008

Other Resources

National Council For Adoption
1930 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009-6207
(202) 328-1200

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Children's Bureau/ACYF
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024
(703) 385-7565 or (800) 394-3366
Web site: (international adoption information)
Web site:

National Council for Single Adoptive Parents
PO Box 55
Wharton, NJ 07885
Web site:

Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2010-06-04
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04

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