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BookYou Asked For It: Books About Adoption

Browse the list below for a selection of picture books about adoption. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.



God found us you God found us you
Bergren, Lisa Tawn.
When Little Fox asks his mother to tell his favorite story, Mama Fox recounts the day he arrived in her life, from God to her arms.



Jin Woo Jin Woo
Bunting, Eve, 1928-
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.



How I was adopted : Samantha's story How I was adopted : Samantha's story
Cole, Joanna.
A young girl tells the story of how she came to be her parents' child through adoption.



Tell me again about the night I was born Tell me again about the night I was born
Curtis, Jamie Lee, 1958-
A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.



An American face An American face
Czech, Jan M.
Adopted from Korea by American parents, Jessie excitedly waits for the day he will get his American citizenship and, he thinks, an American face.



A new Barker in the house A new Barker in the house
De Paola, Tomie.
Twins Moffie and Morgie are excited when they hear that their family is adopting a three-year-old Hispanic boy.



When Joel comes home When Joel comes home
Fowler, Susi Gregg.
A little girl describes all the things she and her parents are planning to welcome home friends and their newly-adopted son.



You're not my real mother! You're not my real mother!
Friedrich, Molly.
After an adoptive mother tells her daughter all the reasons that she is her "real mother," the young girl realizes that her mother is right, even though they do not look alike.



Star of the week : a story of love, adoption, and brownies with sprinkles Star of the week : a story of love, adoption, and brownies with sprinkles
Friedman, Darlene.
As her turn to be "Star of the Week" in her kindergarten class approaches, Cassidy-Li puts together a poster with pictures of her family, friends, and pets, and wonders about her birthparents in China.



Our Twitchy Our Twitchy
Gray, Kes.
A little bunny named Twitchy discovers that there's something special about his family: he was adopted by a cow and a horse.



Ten days and nine nights : an adoption story Ten days and nine nights : an adoption story
Heo, Yumi.
A young girl eagerly awaits the arrival of her newly-adopted sister from Korea, while her whole family prepares.



A mother for Choco A mother for Choco
Kasza, Keiko.
A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother.



Over the moon : an adoption tale Over the moon : an adoption tale
Katz, Karen.
A loving couple dream of a baby born far away and know that this is the baby they have been waiting to adopt.



Horace Horace
Keller, Holly.
Horace, an adopted child, realizes that being part of a family depends on how you feel and not how you look.



The day we met you The day we met you
Koehler, Phoebe.
Mom and Dad recount the exciting day when they adopted their baby.



Every year on your birthday Every year on your birthday
Lewis, Rose A.
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.



I love you like crazy cakes I love you like crazy cakes
Lewis, Rose A.
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.



Tell me a real adoption story Tell me a real adoption story
Lifton, Betty Jean.
A parent tells an adopted child about coming to the family.



A koala for Katie A koala for Katie
London, Jonathan, 1947-
On a trip to the zoo, Katie gets a special present that helps her realize how much her adoptive parents love her.



Happy Adoption Day! Happy Adoption Day!
McCutcheon, John.
Parents celebrate the day on which they adopted their child and continue to reassure the new addition to their family that it is wanted, loved, and very special.



Did my first mother love me? : a story for an adopted child : with a special section for adoptive parents Did my first mother love me? : a story for an adopted child : with a special section for adoptive parents
Miller, Kathryn Ann, 1963-
Morgan's adoptive mother reassures her that she is loved by reading a letter written by her birthmother. Includes a section: "Talking with your child about adoption."



Pablo's tree Pablo's tree
Mora, Pat.
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.



Made in China : a story of adoption Made in China : a story of adoption
Oelschlager, Vanita.
"Made in China tells the story of a girl adopted into an American family and the problems she encounters with her older sister. With help from her father, the adopted sister learns the value of her Chinese beginnings. Later the girls accept their differences and embrace the joy that comes from a loving family."--p, [4] of cover.



The White Swan express : a story about adoption The White Swan express : a story about adoption
Okimoto, Jean Davies.
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.



We belong together : a book about adoption and families We belong together : a book about adoption and families
Parr, Todd.
In a kid-friendly, accessible way, bestselling author/illustrator Todd Parr explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family, and approaches this challenging subject with humor and sensitivity through his bold and colorful illustrations.



Families are different Families are different
Pellegrini, Nina.
An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.



Grüne Küken. English Grüne Küken. English
Sansone, Adele.
Mr. Goose finds an abandoned egg, hatches it, and raises a peculiar green-skinned long-tailed chick, who worries about his identity but comes to recognize that he has a loving parent.



Through moon and stars and night skies Through moon and stars and night skies
Turner, Ann Warren.
A boy who came from far away to be adopted by a couple in this country remembers how unfamiliar and frightening some of the things were in his new home, before he accepted the love to be found there.



My Mei Mei My Mei Mei
Young, Ed.
Antonia gets her wish when her parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her.



All about adoption : how families are made & how kids feel about it All about adoption : how families are made & how kids feel about it
Nemiroff, Marc A.
Using simple language, describes the stages of the adoption process and discusses complex feelings commonly felt by adopted children.



Seeds of love : for brothers and sisters of international adoption Seeds of love : for brothers and sisters of international adoption
Petertyl, Mary E.
Carly works through feelings of anticipation and fear when her parents travel to another country without her to adopt her baby sister.



Adoption Adoption
Powell, Jillian.
Discusses adoption, the feelings of insecurity that such a situation may cause, and the nature of biological parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents.



Carolyn's story : a book about an adopted girl Carolyn's story : a book about an adopted girl
Schwartz, Perry.
A nine-year-old girl describes her life and her feelings about being adopted as a baby in Honduras. Includes information and resources about adoption.



My new family : a first look at adoption My new family : a first look at adoption
Thomas, Pat, 1959-
Explains adoption, the feelings of insecurity that such a situation may cause, and the nature of biological parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents.



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