Top 55 Children's Books on Adoption and Foster Care (pt 3)

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This is the final installment of the series. Hopefully you have been able to discover some great books for your children regarding adoption and foster care. And, even if you are not a adoptive or foster parent, maybe you can give these books as gifts to families who are. Investing in shelves of children and building their esteem is a priceless gift!

Thanks to some great resources, high recommendations and extensive searching the following list is a rich resources of books specifically for children about adoption and foster care.

Here are 20 more children's books about Adoption and Foster Care.

  1. The Mulberry Bird: Story of an Adoption by Anne Braff Brodzinsky. This story is about a mother who is not able to come for her baby bird. Although, it includes some real facts about the natural habits of birds, it is a fantasy about adoption. Once the mother decides to let her baby be adopted, the story shifts to the baby's adjustment process in his new family.
  2. My Foster Family: A Story for Children Entering Foster Care by Jennifer Levine. Using a coloring book format, the booklet explains foster care to children using words they can understand. It can be used at any stage of the foster care placement process to help children explore their feelings, fears, and concerns about foster care.
  3. My Special Family: A Children's Book About Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber and Debra Marks Parelskin. A workbook for children of open adoption to help them understand their relationships with their adoptive parents and birth parents.
  1. Never, Never, Never Will She Stop Loving You by Jolene Durrant. The story of a birth mother, Annie, and the baby she placed for adoption.
  2. Oliver: A Story About Adoption by Lois Wickstrom. Oliver, a lizard-like animal who has been adopted, is scolded by his father and sent to his room, where he sulks and wonders what his birth parents are like.
  1. Our Baby from China by Nancy D'AntonioOur Baby from China tells the true adoption story of Ariela Xiangwei. The book starts by showing Ariela's new parents coming to China to meet her and to visit her wonderful homeland. Finally, they get to come back home and show off Ariela to all their relatives.
  2. Pinky and Rex and the New Baby by James Howe. Rex finds out from her mother and father that they are going to adopt a baby boy. Rex decides to spend all her free time helping with the baby, so that her parents will continue to notice and value her. Rex finally figures out that there is enough love in the family for everyone.
  3. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. After falling headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat named Stellaluna is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
  4. Tall Boy's Journey by Joanna Halpert Kraus. The grandmother of Kim Moo Young, an 8-year-old Korean boy, dies, and Kim's uncle, a soldier, is not able to care for him. The uncle tells Kim Moo Young that he must be a brave boy, and go on a mission across the sea to live with an American family.
  5. This Is How We Became a Family: An Adoption Story by Wayne Willis. This is the story of a couple who long for a child, of a pregnant woman who is not ready to be a mother, and of the events that bring them together for a happy ending.
  1. Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Warren Turner. A small Asian boy tells the reader his story of how he needed a bed, poppa, and momma of his own.
  2. Twice-Upon-A-Time: Born and Adopted by Eleanora Patterson. This book describes, in simple terms for children, both the biological and social origins of adopted children.
  3. Two Birthdays for Beth by Gay Lynn Cronin. Beth's mother explains that adoption is a great way to join a family, but there is only one special day for presents. Beth shows her mother that she understands the most important thing about adoption is love.
  4. The Visit by S. Latisha Herbert. A small girl and her brother who live in a foster home are taken by their social worker to visit their sister and brothers who live with another foster family. They talk, play with toys, and have a treat. At the end of the visit they are sad because they will not see one another again very soon. But these visits make them all very happy.
  1. What's a Foster Family Anyway? by Martine Golden Inlay. This book provides a resource in helping children cope with the potentially traumatic experience of placement into foster care.
  2. When You Were Born in China: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from China by Sara Dorow. This book about adopting from China is a photo-essay that provides a child's-eye look, helping to explain some of the whys and hows that have brought these children to their new families.
  3. When You Were Born in Korea: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Korea by Brian Boyd. This book for Korean children adopted by families in the United States tells the story of what their early days in Korea were probably like.
  4. When You Were Born in Vietnam: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Vietnam by Therese Bartlett. Speaking directly to adopted children, this book offers a clear and straightforward explanation of how children in Vietnam are placed for adoption.
  5. Why Was I Adopted? by Carole Livingston. This is a picture book dealing with some of the most frequent questions children ask about adoption. The answers are designed to reinforce feelings of love and self-esteem.
  6. Zachary's New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine Molettiere Blomquist and Paul B. Blomquist. Zachary, a sad kitten, is adopted by geese and finds the adjustment difficult.

Be sure to check out Parts 1 and 2 in this series to discover all 55 children's books about adoption and foster care.