Adoption Book Reviews & Recommendations


Looking for an engrossing adoption memoir? A children’s book that can help you talk about adoption with your child? Find reviews and recommended adoption book lists below.

32 noteworthy new adoption novels, memoirs, children's books, and more published in 2017

32 Noteworthy Adoption Books Published in 2017

32 Noteworthy Adoption Books Published in 2017

Adoption found its way into dozens of new books published in 2017, including several literary award winners and high-profile bestsellers that engage with and question adoption in complex and sometimes challenging ways.

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Book Review: I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

A seven-year-old adoptee from China shares her thoughts on an illustrated children's book about adoption.

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[Book Review] A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption

While adoption as a plot device pervades popular culture from Shirley Temple to Star Wars, it's rarely the stuff of serious contemporary fiction or poetry. Or so I thought until I read A Ghost at Heart's Edge, the dazzling literary anthology edited by Susan Ito and Tina Cervin.

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[Book Review] My Alternate Life

Trinity B. Jones is a foster kid who's "been to enough adoption picnics to know that adoptive parents want a cute little baby to hold, not a 15-year-old with brown skin, a 34-C, and a nose ring."

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[Book Excerpt]: Lucky Girl

In this excerpt from her memoir, Lucky Girl, Meiling Hopgood describes her initial rejection of "looking Asian" growing up in mostly-White rural Michigan, and how she learned to embrace her Chinese heritage.

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Share Your Story: Favorite Pre-adoption Books

We asked our reader panel to describe the books they find most helpful to prospective adoptive parents. Here are some of their favorites.

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The Top 19 Books About Adoption in 2016

Looking for your next great read? Check out our editor-curated list of the most noteworthy books about adoption from 2016.

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[Book Review] When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder

Dr. Teri James Bellis, author of When the Brain Can't Hear, is an audiologist who herself developed APD following an automobile accident. She clearly knows APD from the inside out.

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[Book Review] Like Sound Through Water

Like Sound Through Water: A Mothers Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder, by Karen J. Foli, Ph.D., is an exhaustively detailed first-person account.

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25 Children’s Books That Showcase Diversity

Kids need to be able to find characters who look like them in the books on their shelves. Here are some of our favorites that provide that powerful affirmation.

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[Book Review] Me, Him, Them, and It

High school junior Evelyn wanted to throw off her good-girl reputation and get her parents’ attention, but never planned on getting pregnant.

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Adoptive Breastfeeding with Supplemental Nursing

One mother shares the special memories she has of bonding with her child during breastfeeding, and the book that helped her figure it out.

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AF answers your questions about bonding and attachment.: Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents

[Book Review] Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents

I have no idea what percentage of a personality is determined by genes. I don't even know what a percentage of a personality is. But if there's anything I can do to load the dice in my child's favor, I'll do it. Most adoptive parents feel the same. Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents is for us.

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Books about adoption: Counting By 7s

[Book Review] Counting By 7s

Willow Chance, adopted transracially as an infant, has mastered several different languages and diagnostic medical texts by age 12.

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[Book Review] Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption

Her expertise shines through in this comprehensive guide (not just for families pursuing a second adoption!) that’s filled with real-life examples and practical advice.

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And Then I Found You

[Book Review] And Then I Found You

With her sister’s permission, the novelist wrote a fictionalized account of her experiences leading up to the adoption plan.

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