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.

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[Book Review] Carried in Our Hearts

[Book Review] Carried in Our Hearts

She’s collected some of the most memorable stories she’s heard and lived through in Carried in Our Hearts.

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Postcards from Cookie, by Caroline Clarke - review

[Book Excerpt] Postcards from Cookie

I can think of lots of reasons not to make this call: I should be working. I’m on deadline. I’m not ready.

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[Book Excerpt] God and Jetfire

In April, Jonathan was nine months old. The colic had subsided, and he was practicing language that Paula described as “the funniest little combination of mumbling and humming.” She said his voice was very much a little boy’s voice.

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Readers’ Favorite Children’s Books

We turned to the community to compile our list of the best children's adoption books. Many of you recommended your favorites on Adoptive Families Circle.

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Readers’ Favorite Adoption Memoirs

Once again, we turned to the Adoptive Families community to compile our Fifth Annual Best Adoption Books List. Hundreds of you recommended your favorite adoption memoirs on Adoptive Families Circle. These favorites reached the top of the list.

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[Book Excerpt] Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home

In this excerpt from her adoption memoir, Kim Sunée describes the hunger she experienced as a child, and how food helped her bond with her adoptive family.

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[Book Review] In My Heart

Molly Bang's warm, reassuring children's book provides a tender reminder of the bond between parent and child, even when they are apart all day long. In My Heart doesn't mention adoption, but the illustrations led my son to say, "Look, Mom! He's adopted, like me!"

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Telling the truth to your adopted or foster child

[Book Review] Telling The Truth To Your Adopted Or Foster Child: Making Sense Of The Past

Betsy Keefer Smalley and Jayne E. Schooler's book will help parents who are struggling to find the right words to tell an adoption story in a positive and realistic way.

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[Book Review] Brown Babies, Pink Parents

Written with compassion, and from the perspective of "been there, done that," Brown Babies, Pink Parents is an amazing resource for transracial adoptive families. Read the full review, here.

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[Book Review] Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other

Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other is a sweet collection of stories on adoption — told with Scott's trademark sense of humor, that doesn't ignoring the challenging aspects.

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[Book Review] Shades of People

Have you noticed that people come in many different shades? Not colors exactly, but shades. These are the opening words from the beaming montage of young faces on the pages of this luscious children's book.

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[Book Review] Parenting Adopted Adolescents: Understanding and Appreciating Their Journeys

Debbie Riley reviews Parenting Adopted Adolescents, a book by Gregory Keck, Ph.D. about the challenges and delights of raising a teen adoptee.

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[Book Review] Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story

Roberta Rosenberg reviews Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story, by Yumi Heo, a children's book about a child waiting for her new sibling's arrival.

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[Book Review] Brothers and Sisters in Adoption

Sibling issues are the focus of this rich resource for parents or adoption professionals, written by Arleta James. Read the full review, here.

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The Joy of Family Traditions

[Book Review] The Joy of Family Traditions

Like many women, Jennifer Trainer Thompson had always been drawn to family traditions, but it was becoming a mother—to her biological son, and to her daughter, adopted from Guatemala—that led her to search for customs to incorporate into her family's life.

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[Book Review] Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families

In Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families, Patricia Irwin Johnston tackles the tough questions prospective parents must ask before deciding whether adoption is right for them. Read the full review, here.

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Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees by Rhona Roorda

[Book Review] In Their Parents’ Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

In this sequel to In Their Own Voices, by Rita J. Simon and Rhonda Roorda, we meet the parents of transracial adoptees, and hear firsthand what it was like raising children across racial and cultural lines.

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Book Review: The Connected Child

[Book Review] The Connected Child

An adoptive parent reviews The Connected Child by Drs. Purvis and Cross, a book about helping children overcome early trauma.

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[Book Review] Families Change

It can be hard for adoptive parents to know where to start explaining what led to a placement. Families Change gives them simple, direct language.

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