Readers’ Favorite Children’s Books

Our choices for best children's adoption books of 2011!

children's adoption books

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

A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasza

Puffin Books; 1996; 2 – 5 years

“A little bird is searching for a family. He finds a mother who doesn’t look like him, but has a heart full of love. We read it almost every night!” —boolovey

We Belong Together, by Todd Parr

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 2007; 3 – 6 years

“This book keeps the story simple and to-the-point, and the colors and illustrations are perfect for my preschool-aged kids. We Belong Together is my all-time favorite kids’ book about adoption.” —tmom3

Motherbridge of Love, created by Xinran; illustrated by Josee Masse

Barefoot Books; 2013; 4 and up

“I love the way this book takes the birth mother, as well as the adoptive mother, into account. It inspires heartfelt conversation each time my daughter and I read it.” —leeanne71

Over the Moon, by Karen Katz

Square Fish; 2001; 4 – 8 years

“After making a book to tell my daughter her adoption story, I found Over the Moon. It is our story! — with words my four-year-old can understand and beautiful illustrations. It’s offered us yet another vehicle for talking about her adoption.” —imalicsw

Yafi’s Family, by Linda Pettitt; illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Amharic Kids; 2010; 5 – 8 years

“In this book, a young boy leaves Ethiopia to join his new family. It can help introduce a child to his adoption story and the idea of preserving his heritage. It’s also a wonderful book to help prepare children to be new big siblings.” —gmbackus


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