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Adoption: Books for Children

Nonfiction books on adoption can be found in J or Y 362.73. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)


Bunting Jin Woo    (Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents still love him, he decides that having a baby brother will be fine.)
Carlson My Family Is Forever    (A young girl recounts how she came to be part of an adoptive family.)
Caseley Sisters    (When Melissa's parents adopt Kika from another country, the two girls learn about being sisters.)
Cole How I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story    (A young girl tells the story of how she came to be her parents' child through adoption.)
Curtis Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born    (A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.)
De Paola A New Barker in the House    (Twins Moffie and Morgie are excited when they hear that their family is adopting a three-year-old Hispanic boy.)
Hojer Heart of Mine: A Story of Adoption    (An inspiring story of the creation of a family when two people embark on a wondrous journey to bring a little girl home. )
Lewis Every Year on Your Birthday    (Each year on the birthday of her adopted Chinese daughter, a mother recalls the moments they have shared, from the first toy to the friends left behind in China.)
Lewis I Love You Like Crazy Cakes    (A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.)
Lin The Red Thread    (A sad king and queen find joy and happiness after a mysterious red thread leads them to a baby waiting to be adopted.)
London A Koala for Katie: An Adoption Story    (On a trip to the zoo, Katie gets a special present that helps her realize how much her adoptive parents love her.)
Mora Pablo's Tree    ( Each year on his birthday, a young Mexican American boy looks forward to seeing how his grandfather has decorated the tree he planted on the day the boy was adopted.)
Okimoto The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption    (Across North America, people in four different homes prepare for a special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their new adoptive parents.)
Say Allison    (When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcomed discovery through the help of a stray cat.)
Stoeke Waiting for May    (A young boy looks forward to the day when a new sister, who will be adopted from China, joins his family.)
Sugarman Rebecca's Journey Home    (Mr. and Mrs. Stein and their young sons Gabe and Jacob adopt a baby girl from Vietnam.)
Thomas The Red Blanket    (Tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby.)
Young My Mei Mei    (Antonia gets her wish when her parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her.)

Easy Readers (JE ER)


Little Emma's Yucky Brother    (Emma finds out how hard it is to be a big sister when her family adopts a four-year-old boy named Max.)

Children’s Fiction (J)


Cheng The Year of the Baby    (Fifth-grader Anna is concerned that her baby sister Kaylee, adopted from China three months ago, is not thriving so she and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that may save the day.)
Lears Megan's Birthday Tree: A Story About Open Adoption    (Every year on Megan's birthday, her birth mother, Kendra, sends a picture of the tree she planted the day Megan was born, so when Kendra decides to get married and move to a new house, Megan worries that she will be forgotten.)
McDonald Mail-order Kid    (When ten-year-old Flip orders a fox through the mail, his experiences in attempting to tame it help him to better understand his newly adopted brother from Korea.)
Rodowsky Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family    (Until now, ten-year-old Ben has believed that life is made up of "all right" and "not all right" stuff, but when his father remarries and the couple adopts a Chinese baby, he wonders which kind of stuff will prevail.)
Shreve Zoe and Columbo    (On the eve of their ninth birthdays and living in a new town, Zoe and Columbo find themselves drifting apart when Columbo decides he wants to keep secret the fact that he is adopted.)

Children’s Illustrated Fiction (J Illus.)


Cummings Three Names of Me    ( A girl adopted from China explains that her three names--one her birth mother whispered in her ear, one the babysitters at her orphanage called her, and one her American parents gave her--are each an important part of who she is. )

Parent/Teacher Collection


PT JE Girard Adoption Is for Always    ( Although Celia reacts to having been adopted with anger and insecurity, her parents help her accept her feelings and celebrate their love for her by making her adoption day a family holiday. )

Last Updated: 3/15

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