I recently shared with my readers a list of our favorite boy books. You know, books about trucks, dirt, and construction sites. After writing the post, I decided I should probably share another book list with you. It’s a pretty important one for our family – a list of our favorite adoption books.
Whether you’re already an adoptive parent or you’re a waiting parent, these books are a must for your home library. Reading these to your children is an easy way to begin the discussion of adoption, in a way they can understand.
Here’s a list of the adoption books currently on Jackson’s bookshelves. They can be purchased from Amazon or your local bookstore.
A Mother for Choco – Choco is a little bird who needs a mother. He visits many animal friends in search of the perfect mother. Who will his mother be? This is a great book for young children.
God Found Us You – Get out the tissues. I sob every time I read this book. Mama Fox tells Little Fox about the day they became a family – “When God found us you,” she shares with her child. “I was the happiest mother in the world.”
I Wished For You – This one brings tears, too. Barley asks his mama questions many adoptive children ask. As she answers each one of his questions, Mama Bear tells him how he is her wish come true.
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born – I love all of Jamie Lee Curtis’ children’s books, but especially this one. It’s a great story about adoption with colorful pictures. A little girls asks her parents to tell her the story about the night she was born. It’s a story the little girl treasures in her heart and loves to hear over and over again.
A Blessing From Above – This Little Golden Book is the sweet story of a kangaroo who prays to be a mother. God answers in an unexpected way. A simple, yet wonderful, story of adoption.
Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story – Rosie is a beagle who is adopted by schnauzers. This book addresses how adoptive families come in all sizes and colors. Rosie doesn’t feel like she belongs and asks many questions that adoptive children may one day ask.
Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale – This book is about international adoption, but it’s still a must have for any adoptive family. The pictures are vibrant and the story is beautiful. It’s a longer book, so it’s not one Jackson will sit through quite yet.
Happy Adoption Day – Whether you celebrate Gotcha Day or Adoption Day or Family Day, this book is perfect for any adoptive family. It’s a book based on the song Happy Adoption Day. It commemorates the day a child joins their Forever Family.
The Skin You Live In – This is a fun book about the many colors of skin we come in – “toffee wrapped and ginger snapped skin.” A reminder that God made us just the right shade and together we make up a beautiful world. A great lesson on diversity.
In God’s Garden Lives the Red Birds: A Story About God’s Love for Adoption – This is the only book I can’t find on Amazon. I purchased this book at the Created for Care conference a few weeks ago. Ordinary Hero was selling it. You might be able to purchase it through Ordinary Hero. It’s a sweet story about two red birds who want to add to their nest. God says they will add to their family through adoption instead of birth. They adopt a blue bird. It’s a great story for any adoptive family, but especially for transracial families.