Books For Children


Domestic Adoption

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. A touching picture book about a little bird that is searching for a mother who looks like him. When Choco weeps in despair, Mama Bear comes to help him and ends up adopting him. At home, we find Mama Bear has also adopted a baby alligator, a baby pig, and a baby Hippo.

Tell Me Again About the Night That I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis. A beloved picture book about domestic newborn adoption and the excitement of rushing to the hospital to meet your new baby.

God Found Us You by Lisa Dawn Bergren. Mama Fox longed for a baby, and then along came Little Fox. Great for Christian families.

How I Became a Big Brother by Dave Moore.  A little boy is becoming a big brother, but his parents are adopting his new sibling. This is a great book for parents looking to introduce their biological children to the idea of adoption.

I Wished for You by Marianne Richmond. The book begins with: “Mama” said Barley. “Tell me again how I’m your wish come true.”  Charming, heart-felt, and relatable for anyone who felt anxious during the adoption process.

Why Was I Adopted by Carole Livingston. A good explanation of all types of adoption. This book is out of print, but copies can be found on Amazon.

Let’s Talk About It: Adoption by Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers opens the door for adopted children and their parents to safely talk about their good and sometimes not-so-good feelings in a book about the joy of belonging and the love that unites families.

Peef the Christmas Bear (Peef the Bear) by Tom Hegg. This wonderful book is about a little toy bear finding love, not exactly about adoption.

Carolyn’s Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl by Perry Schwartz. Written for the author’s daughter and allowing him to express her thoughts about being adopted in a personal and chatty manner. Also can be used for transracial adoptions.

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr. Great illustrations to tell a tale specifically about adoption. Can be used in preschool classrooms.

My Family is Forever by Nancy Carlson. In this book a girl considers the similarities and differences in the members of her family. Her healthy individuality and sense of humor shine through. The story ends with the girl’s belief that no matter where she goes or what she does, she will always have her family by her side because families are forever.

A Place in My Heart by Mary Grossnickle. This book is about Charlie, a chipmunk who is adopted by his family of squirrels. Charlie’s mother teaches him that it is ok to think about this birth parents.

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story by Lori Rosove. Perfect book to give friends and families to help them explain adoption to their children. Rosie learns that all families are the same because they love us and take good care of us. Excellent book to begin adoption discussions with preschoolers and school-age children.

How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole. Children learn in this book that all children are born first, then adopted. Cute illustrations.

I’m Adopted by Sheila M. Kelly and Shelley Rotner.  This book features kids of many different backgrounds, while answering basic questions about adoption.

Transracial Adoption

All Bears Need Love by Tanya Valentine. Baby Brown Bear arrives at the zoo, alone and frightened, until he is adopted by Mama Polar Bear. A picture book that is particularly good for multiracial families.

The Lamb-a-roo by Diana Kimpton. A mama kangaroo adopts a lamb. The lamb becomes unhappy about not being able to jump. In the end, he finds out that he is loved for who he is and that he also doesn’t want his mother to change. Very pretty illustrations.

W.I.S.E. Up Powerbook by Marilyn Schoettle. Great resource for helping older kids handle personal and general questions about adoption. Great resource for parents and children.

Shades of Black by Sandra and Myles Pinkney.  This great picture book celebrates the diversity of the African American community. It covers different shades of skin and eyes and different hair textures. All are beautiful and all are black.

I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley. A book that celebrates black hair. The young girl and her mom talk about all the possibilities for her hair while they are working through her nightly hair routine. This is not an adoption book, but very useful for families.

New Beginnings

Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights  by Julie Nelson. This book explains to a young child in simple terms what happened in his/her birth family that led to a foster or adoptive placement. Beautiful illustrations and clear language can help parents start a tough conversation with young children.

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. Sweet book about a young girl who is abandoned by her birth mother, finds a family in a foster home, and eventually goes to live with her birth grandmother.

Grover G. Graham and Me by Mary Quattlebaum. In this book, six year old Ben has lived with 7 foster families and this is his eighth foster family. The book tells the story of Ben moving into this eighth family’s home and the things that he experiences in this new family. The book was written by an adult adoptee and gives the reader great insight into the lives of foster children.

I Don’t Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze. This book doesn’t specifically talk about birth parents or country of origin or age of adoption or how a child gets to their forever family, but it does speak to the heart of all families – that all children were created through love.

Adoptive Families Are Families for Keeps by Lissa Cowan. The young girl in the book is moving from her foster home to an adoptive placement. There are several coloring pages and activity pages that will allow young children to share in this girl’s story. This girl talks with her social worker to help her understand that her birth parents gave her some of their unique traits, but that she needs a forever home and family. 



Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000   Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
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