No matter your child's age, there are plenty of books with adoption themes that can help them learn about the diversity of families. Books can be a great way for children to explore their identities and ask questions about their unique adoption experiences. Below is a quick list of adoption-related books recommended by the Goodreads community.
A Mother for Choco
This sweet book is perfect for young children who love bright colors and animal stories. Baby bird Choco sets off to find his mother. He sees all sorts of different animals, but they don't look like he does. He starts to cry and Mrs. Bear comforts him, just like he imagines a mother would. Choco meets all of Mrs. Bear's other children–none of whom are bears–and he learns that his mother doesn't have to look like a bird to love him and take care of him.
Murphy's Three Homes
Murphy is told he is a good luck dog. However, after going through two different homes and an animal shelter, Murphy starts to feel like a bad luck dog who nobody wants. Murphy's Three Homes follows this adorable pup through his placement in three new homes, as well as through his anxiety, self doubt, and hope for a new, loving family. Finally, Murphy is placed in a caring foster home where he feels comfortable and valued.
For children adopted from another country, Allison may help them think through their unique feelings of grief or loss. When Allison tries on the red kimono her grandmother has sent her, she is suddenly aware that she resembles her favorite doll more than she does her mother and father. When her parents try to explain that she is adopted, her world becomes an uncomfortable place. Toward the end of the book, she befriends a stray cat, which helps her better understand the meaning of adoption, love, and family.
Kimchi & Calamari
14-year-old Joseph Calderaro is an aspiring drummer and comic book lover. He was also adopted from Korea as a baby into an Italian American family. When he's asked to write an essay about his ancestors for social studies, Joseph goes through a process of researching and soul-searching as he delves into his identity. This book is written on a middle school level and would appeal to children who have experience with intercountry and/or transracial adoption.
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