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Adoption Stories-Top 7 Books About Adoption for Children

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 0 2

Adoption stories are books about adoption for children.  Years ago, a child was not told if she was adopted until she was an adult; and sometimes the child was never told at all.  Today the world of adoption is different and not shrouded in secrecy.  A child grows up hearing the word adoption from the time she is placed in her mother and father’s arms.  Children love to hear about their adoption story as much as other children love to hear about the day they were born.

These top seven books about adoption are stories for young children.  Many adoptive parents, like myself, have a shelf full of these books.  They help young children understand just what adoption is and how it relates to them.  When your child has questions, these books act as a way of answering them. 

Sometimes children may be afraid to ask questions about their adoption or birth parents for fear of upsetting their adoptive parents.  And conversely, some adoptive parents may feel uncomfortable telling parts of the their child’s adoption story.  Many adoptive parents fear the question “Why didn’t my birth parents keep me” more than ‘Where do babies come from?”, as the latter is not an emotional minefield.  Using picture books acts as a bridge to these necessary conversations.

As an adoptive mother, I have read these books with my twins.  Some were given to me as a gift when my children were became ours.  Others were titles I found and felt they would be something my children can refer to and enjoy over and over again.

It is important to note that not every adoption picture story book aligns with your child’s adoption story.  Each one is unique and different, just like your child.  If you are looking for adoption stories that fit more with how your child became a part of your family, then I strongly suggest you read the book before purchasing it. 

Here are my top 7 adoption stories for children.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, 2000  Ages 4-8

Adoption Stories-Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born
Jamie Lee Curtis adopted her daughter Annie as an infant.  She wrote this story for her.  Laura Cornell’s drawings are very humorous and illustrate the points on each page. This adoption story tells the tale of a little girl who wants to hear how she came to be a part of her family-even though she already knows the story by heart.  This book is perfect for families who adopted domestically. It is also my personal favorite adoption story book, and I well up with tears each and every time I read it to my son and daughter. 

Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz 2001 Ages 2-8

Over the Moon An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz
Karen Katz adopted her daughter from South America, and this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of her adoption.  Those who have adopted internationally from any country can relate to this story of how the couple dreamed of their baby and traveled around the world to get her.  It is one of my son’s personal favorite adoption stories.

Happy Adoption Day! By John McCutcheon and Julie Paschikus 1996 Ages 2-6

Happy Adoption Day
The author wrote a song when a friend of his adopted a child, and it became this adoption book for children.  Many adoptive families choose to celebrate not only their child’s birthday, but their adoption day.  Many parents, like myself, call it “Family Day”-a celebration of when we became a forever family.  This book is one based on an international adoption, but those who have adopted domestically can still benefit by reading it to their children.  This was another story that my twins enjoyed hearing.

How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole and Maxie Chambliss 1999 Ages 4 and up

How I Was Adopted by Joanna COle
Joanna Cole tells a straightforward story about a girl asking questions about her adoption.  It does use phrases like “grew in another woman’s uterus”, which some people may feel is inappropriate for young children (and I disagree with those who feel this way.  Babies do not grow in bellies, and it is important to name body parts properly).  If you are not comfortable with this wording, then skip the book about a domestic adoption or save it for when your child is older.

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis and Jane Dyer Ages 3 and up 2000

I Love You LIke Crazy Cakes
In this adoption story, Rose A. Lewis tells the tale of how she adopted her daughter from China.  Unlike some other adoption stories, this one does mention the gratitude the adoptive mother feels towards her daughter’s “other mother”.  It certainly captures the waiting and longing any adoptive parent feels, and the tears come to the eyes every time it is read.

Let’s Talk About It-Adoption by Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) Ages 4 and up

Mr. Rogers Adoption Book
Just saying the name “Mr. Rogers” evokes a warm and fuzzy feeling.  He wrote many books in his “Let’s Talk About” series, and this one on adoption was a favorite with my kids.  Unlike other books, this is not a story book but one that is non-fiction.  Illustrated with pictures of three different adoptive families, it tells in Mr. Roger’s gentle manner that your parents love you, no matter how you became a part of the family.  This is a very important message for children to hear, especially if the adopted child has siblings who were born biologically to their parents.

Why Was I Adopted? The Facts of Adoption with Love and Illustrations by Carol Livingston Ages 4 and up 1980

Why Was I Adopted?
This is one of the first books written for adopted children.  Carol Livingston’s book is an out of print classic that can still be found.  In a more conversational tone, it tells the adopted child the facts about her adoption and what makes her unique and special.  Adult adoptive children recall this as one of their favorite adoption books.

These adoption stories are seven of the top adoption books for children.  They would make the perfect gift for someone who just became a parent via adoption.



Dec 15, 2011 10:09pm
Nice article. The book, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, is so precious.
May 7, 2012 1:54pm
I love that book, too!
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