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] The Face in the Mirror: Teenagers and Adoption

[Book Review] The Face in the Mirror: Teenagers and Adoption

Marion Crook interviewed 50 adoptees. Teens tell what they really think and feel about adoption, their adoptive parents, and their birth parents

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Halmoni's Day: Adoptive Families' Book Review

[Book Review] Halmoni’s Day

Halmoni's Day is not an adoption book, but the ideas of shared heritage and cultural pride will ring true for adoptive families.

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Mommy Far, Mommy Near

[Book Review] Mommy Far, Mommy Near

Mommy Far, Mommy Near-An Adoption Story, by Carol Antoinette Peacock, is exceptional. I really loved the fact that the story is told by a child to other children-the book's readers.

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[Book Review] Ten Thousand Sorrows

A Koren adoptee reviews Ten Thousand Sorrows. The memoir was written by a women of similar age and circumstances, but she didn't feel the connection to the book she expected.

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Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America

[Book Review] Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America

Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America, by Sandra Patton, is a multilayered synthesis of interviews conducted with 22 transracial adoptees. Read more!

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Infertility adoption: The Russian Word for Snow

[Book Review] The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption

Lily Heyen-Withrow reviews The Russian Word for Snow, by Janis Cooke Newman, a tale of infertility, adoption, and all the complications along the way to parenthood.

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[Book Review] A Guidebook for Raising Foster Children

A Guidebook for Raising Foster Children, by Susan McNair Blatt, M.D., is a primer for parents who are new to foster adoption and need help. Read the review.

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[Book Review] Adoption and Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure

If I adopt a baby whose mother may have been using drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy, what issues might I expect for my child? Are there any differences if the infant has been exposed to alcohol versus drugs or both?

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[Book Review] The Kissing Hand

I am the sun in her world-the only parent she has ever known. Children under five, with no sense of time and history, can't always grasp that a parent means it when he or she promises to return. Into this gap comes The Kissing Hand.

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Favorite Reads of 2013

Many new books with adoption storylines or themes were published in 2013. Here are your favorites, for parents and children, with our picks added to the list.

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Books about adoption: The Child Catchers

[Book Review] The Child Catchers

An Adoptive Families reader reviews The Child Catchers, by Kathryn Joyce, a book revealing how religion and finances have affected international adoption.

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[Book Review] Make Me a Mother

AF reviews a touching memoir that examines the human experience through the lenses of adoption, race, and family.

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A happy child, whose parents used adoption parenting guides to help raise her

Readers’ Favorite Adoption Parenting Guides

Readers pick their favorite books to guide parents through the adoption process.

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[Book Review] Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent

An adoptive mom reviews Adopting on Your Own, Lee Varon's guide to the wide variety of issues unmarried men and women face when building a family.

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[Book Review] Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children

JoAnne Solchany, Ph.D., reviews Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, a window into how children form and maintain friendships.

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[Book Review] The First Year: Hepatitis C

Written by two HCV postitive women, this book can help adoptive parents understand and manage the hepatitis C virus.

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