10 Children’s Books About Adoption.


I buy a lot of books for my kids. It’s the one thing that — much to my husband’s chagrin — I never hesitate to purchase for them. We spend a lot of time reading and Yaya loves to read (not yet Baby Boy — who pretty much loves to squirm around on my lap), so I never feel that it’s money wasted.While we were waiting for Baby Boy, I explained a lot about adoption to Yaya through children’s books. It was how I was able to get her 3-year-old mind to understand that her brother was coming from far away and would look different than her. Now these books are even more important to our family. I hope that they will someday help Baby Boy understand how much he was wanted, how difficult the wait was for us and how we loved him from afar. They have also helped explain some things to Yaya after Baby Boy has come home, too.

Here is our family’s top 10 list of adoption books.

I’ll admit this one is a favorite of mine — largely because the little boy in it looks like my little guy. It also describes, so well, the heartache of a waiting mother. The illustrations are beautiful, and it really is a perfect love story for a mother and adopted child. I dare you to read it without choking up (or if you’re like me, sobbing).


Remember how I blogged about DNA a few months ago, saying how ridiculously consumed we are with kids who look like us? Well, I have to share a little story about this book and the first time we read it — just this past week. I ordered it on Amazon before attending a family reunion. It kept popping up in the “recommendations” section on my Amazon account, and from the title, I figured it must be adoption-related, so I decided it was worth the $6 (like I said, I buy a lot of books). In the meantime, we attended a family reunion where we were subjected to many a conversation throughout the week about who looks like who, acts like who, etc. in the family, as I imagine often happens at these sorts of events. My heart ached for my kiddos. Neither of them had a living blood sibling whose similarities could be marveled over, and my heart was especially heavy for Baby Boy who has not a single picture of any member of his birth family and no idea what traits are inherited from biological relatives.When we came home from the trip, this book was sitting on the door step. I read it to Yaya and a squirming Baby Boy that night before bed. God must have known that our family needed this little story about a bird searching for a mother who looks like him, but instead being blessed with a mother and siblings who look nothing like him. It opened the door for some revealing dialogue from my wise 4-year-old — who had not been blind to the conversations that took place in front of her that week — and reminded she and I that there is more to a family than physical similarities. Just one of the many reasons I love what books can do.So to sum up: You should buy this book. Moving on…


We often check out Todd Parr books from our local library. When Yaya was younger, she loved the colorful illustrations. And they’re actually quite funny, too!  This one about adoption is the first Todd Parr book we purchased for our home, and it’s a good, simple one for a squirmy toddler. (Meaning that it’s not too long and actually holds his interest!)


This book has incredible illustrations, and is all about searching the entire world for your little one. I hope it is one that will one day make Baby Boy feel extra special.
If you haven’t read on of Jamie Lee Curtis’ (an adoptive mama herself) and Laura Cornell’s books yet then you simply must. They are adorable and you can spend forever on each page, laboring over the details in all the illustrations. This book is darling — applicable mostly to domestic newborn adoptions but still a good one for your collection regardless of how your child came to you.
Oh, is this a good one. The story is a sweet conversation between a mama and her baby, and covers the details of waiting, birth moms, looking different and the joy that comes when your child is finally in your arms.
This one is very similar to I Wished for You but with foxes instead of bears. But from a mother’s perspective, I enjoyed them both as they covered some difficult feelings that come with infertility and waiting (yes, I know it’s a children’s book but there are some subtleties).
This book has some really fun pictures and shares some details about the first days together as a family.


I would strongly recommend this book for the collection of an adoptive family. It opens the up the dialogue about birth moms — which can sometimes be tricky to approach. It’s important to me that as Baby Boy grows, he knows it is safe to come to me with any questions or feelings about his birth mom. I hope that by reading him this book he will know it is always on the table.


This book is really simple, but it’s the one that I used to explain adoption to Yaya as we were just getting started. It is a good book if your child comes to you at a young age or is in the process of learning English, since the sentences are simple, short and sweet.
What did I miss?  Any favorites of your family’s? Please — share them below!



  1. Do you have any book recommendations that help explain the death of both biological parents (my sister and her boyfriend), in which resulted in adoption? My husband and I adopted their daughter.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss, but thankful that your niece has a second family in you.

      I’ll admit that none of the books from this list deal specifically with that type of adoptive situation. “A Mother for Choco” and “We Belong Together” may open the doors for a little bit of that conversation in that they don’t necessarily focus on the more “traditional” types of adoption.

      I did recently learn of the book “Beginnings: How Families Come to Be” (http://www.amazon.com/Beginnings-How-Families-Come-Be/dp/0807506028), though I haven’t read it yet. In addition to adoption, it supposedly discusses fostering, guardianship,etc.

      If you do read it — or find another book that you felt was a good resource — I would love for you to share your thoughts if you’re interested and open to doing so (http://africatoamerica.org/2013/12/29/sign-up-to-review-a-book/). I think there are many who would benefit from knowing of a book that addresses a situation similar to yours!

      Best of luck to you!

  2. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    This is a great selection. I’m glad you’ve shared these in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I’m going to pin these under my Kid Lit Blog Hop Great Finds. Thanks!

  3. debraaelliott1960 says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful books. Stopping by from the Kid Lit blog hop.


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