Experts recommend that you talk about adoption with your child early on, and tell them their adoption story often. Reading these seven children’s books about adoption to your child can be the perfect way to incorporate adoption as a part of their daily life. Plus, it positively portrays relatable characters.
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- Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
In this book, a young girl asks her parents to repeat the cherished family story of her birth and adoption. The book is told from her point-of-view and is full of fun details. Underlying the playful tone of the text and illustrations is a strong message of the parents’ love for their new baby girl.
- Rosie’s Family; An adoption story by Lori Rosove
Here we find a story told in kid-friendly language about belonging in a family despite differences. Rosie is a beagle who was adopted by a family of schnauzers. She shares that she feels different from the rest of her family, and brings forth many questions that adoptees may have.
- I Wished for You: An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond
With a simple storyline and beautiful illustrations, this book introduces children to the concept of adoption. It follows the conversation between a little bear and his mother as they cuddle and talk about how they became a family. The little bear asks his mother questions many adopted children will have, and his mother lovingly answers them all. This book warmly declares the adoption truth that love is what truly makes a family!
- I Prayed for You by Jean Fischer
In this simple yet touching children’s book, we follow a mother bear as she prays daily for Baby Bear. “Even before you were born, I prayed for you,” she says.
This sweet little book shows children that they’re prayed for and loved so much every day.
- God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergen
Every night at bedtime, Little Fox asks his mother to tell him about the day he came home. She tells him how long she dreamed about and waited for him. Little Fox also asks why he couldn’t stay “with the mother who had me,” and Mama Fox tells him in a warm tone. Many adopted children and adoptive parents will be able to identify with this loving and intelligent story!
- How I Was Adopted by Joanna Cole
This book demystifies adoption for children by breaking down the complexity of adoption into simple, easy to understand steps. Sam, the main character, shares his adoption story and asks the reader questions about their adoption. By engaging your child in the adoption conversation, this book helps adoptees realize how many other kids have been adopted, too.
- I’m Adopted by Sheila M. Kelly
With simple language geared towards children, I’m Adopted! gives an introduction to the idea of what adoption is, and how adopted families are formed. “We read I’m Adopted! every night. I just love the story we’re starting to share with our son about how he came into our lives. He asks the sweetest most sincere questions!” shares Lifetime adoptive mom Miranda.
Do you have any favorite children’s books that didn’t make it on our list? Please share by leaving a comment below!
As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.