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.

One-Child Policy

A Nation’s Buried Pain

A Nation’s Buried Pain

Kay Ann Johnson spent more than 20 years listening to the anguished accounts of Chinese people who relinquished, adopted, and hid out-of-plan or over quota children in the face of the country’s One-Child Policy. In China’s Hidden Children, she shares their stories.

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[Book Review] The Eye of Adoption

"I believe every woman currently waiting to adopt, or who knows someone who's waiting, should read this book."

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[Book Review] No Matter What

Sally Donovan's memoir is an honest portrayal of the challenges of adopting from foster care.

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[Book Review] The Adoption Club: Therapeutic Workbook Series

A versatile tool to help adoptees work through feelings and find their voice.

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[Book Review] Two Dads

A children's book celebrating the love that bonds LGBT families, told from the perspective of an adopted child.

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The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

[Book Review] The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

AF's editors review The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself, a story to help teach adoptive children that it's OK to let their defenses down and trust.

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[Book Review] Dear Adoptive Parents, Things You Need to Know — Right Now!

Madeleine Melcher encourages parents to support their children anyway they can.

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[Book Review] The Hundred-Year Flood

This debut novel by a Korean adoptee explores love, loss, and finding yourself across the world.

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[Book Review] Bastards

In this memoir, Mary Anna King details her complex relationship with her mother, her siblings, and the grandparents who adopted her.

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[Book Review] Flip the Script

Lost Daughters, a collaborative writing project focused on female adoptees, has added another gem to their collection.

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[Book Review] Three More Words

Published nearly ten years after her debut memoir, Three More Words offers a closer look at Ashley Rhodes-Courter's tumultuous journey through foster care.

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