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.
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.
Willow Chance, adopted transracially as an infant, has mastered several different languages and diagnostic medical texts by age 12.
"Cris Beam’s book about the U.S. foster care system, is important, insightful, and depressing. "
This is a beautifully honest, thoughtful, and enlightened guide.
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.
With her sister’s permission, the novelist wrote a fictionalized account of her experiences leading up to the adoption plan.
No adoptive parent should miss Wuhu Diary. This dramatic and personal narrative by Emily Prager describes a two-month trip to Wuhu, with her five-year-old daughter LuLu, to discover anything they could about LuLu's origins.
On the crowded shelf of children's books about adoption from China, don't overlook The Red Blanket, a book by Eliza Thomas, with irresistible illustrations by Joe Cepeda.
This poetic novel features a transracial adoptee protagonist as he explores his identity and seeks answers about his past in an unfamiliar city. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author, Matthew Salesses.
Eleanor Sweet, adopted as a baby, is pursuing an adoption with her husband when he backs out at the last moment.
Tracing a family tree, sharing a baby picture at show-and-tell. These are common challenges for the adopted child at school, and such simple assignments can stir emotions for a child who has more questions than answers about her birth.
Books can help our children make sense of their own stories. They may have questions about things they don’t feel like talking about: being adopted, being raised by a single parent, being raised by gay or lesbian parents.
When Megan was born, her birth mother, Kendra, planted a tree in her backyard. Every year on Megan's birthday, Kendra decorates the tree and sends photos of it to Megan, in honor of their special bond.
I heard an interview with Jennifer Gilmore on Fresh Air and I thought she made the process sound miserable—a ridiculously long wait with one scam after another
Although the "ABC" concept makes it seem that this would be a book for younger kids, this collaboration between an adoptive mother and her daughter tackles weighty topics.
Reactions to Born from the Heart have been mixed.
The narrator, Chelsea, adopted from foster care, explains what adoption means and how it feels to be adopted.
The team that brought us Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children created another wonderful book with simple text and full-color photos.
Let your child know that, through adoption, he or she joins the likes of George Washington Carver, Marilyn Monroe, John James Audubon, Aristotle, and others.
You would expect a memoir of motherhood and adoption by a comedian and former SNL cast member to be funny.