Adoption-Focused Books

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The number of adoptions finalized each year is rising, meaning that more and more parents and families will be looking for the best way to talk to their children about adoption. Sharing through books can be a great tool to help explain to your children the concept of adoption.

Any number of books are available to help adoptive parents explain adoption to their child, at any age. Adoption books cover many different themes regarding different topics related to adoption.

Some books available in the Coalition library include:

Zachary’s New Home by Paul and Geraldine Blomquist uses animals to explain the process of adoption, as well as the emotions that go along with it from a child’s point of view.

Double-Dip Feelings helps kids understand emotions and that you can have two or more very different emotions at the same time.

When Joe Comes Home teaches the international view about birth country and heritage, along with the excitement and anticipation felt by the adoptive family.

Susan and Gordon Adopt a Baby uses familiar faces from Sesame Street to explain the concept of adoption.

The Boy Who Wanted a Family provides the view of an older child who wants a permanent home, along with the emotional ups and downs while going through the process.

There Goes My Baby is a comic book geared towards adolescents that explains adoption.

Pugnose Has Two Special Families explains what an open adoption is and gives reassurance that it’s okay to love both sets of parents.

Some books might make your children uncomfortable or be something that they just don’t like. There are so many options for each topic, you’re bound to find one that fits.

Sometimes simple picture books can be great teaching tools too—even for older kids. Picture books: 

  • Are non-threatening.
  • Are focused.
  • Activate visual thinking.
  • Build reading comprehension.
  • Teach figurative language.
  • Breathe life into dry facts and figures.
  • Make abstract concepts concrete.
  • Develop themes for learning.
  • Encourage interactive discussion.
  • Are fun!
Developmental Stages
When choosing books for your children, take into consideration their stage of development, including:

Babies and Toddlers. Children are becoming aware of the world around them. The types of books to choose for this age include books that are humorous, have fantasy, are
predictable, and are reassuring and nonthreatening. Look for:

  • Brightly colored pictures of simple objects
  • Clearly explained abstract concepts
  • Simple texts with good rhythms

Nursery School and Kindergarten. Children are noticing other people and the environment more at this stage, including books that have: 

  • Familiar objects and experiences
  • Slightly complex texts with good rhythm and word repetition

Early School (Ages five-eight). At this age, children are becoming more independent, task-oriented and focused, so books with complex concepts, other countries and moral choices are appropriate concepts. This might include: 

  • Picture books with strong storylines and character development
  • Informational books that encourage children to read, are interesting and satisfy children’s curiosity

Age Nine and Up. At this point, kids are ready for more abstract thinking and books about a sense of identity. 

Books are often a helpful way to talk about feelings and open doors to concepts that aren’t always easy to bring up out of the blue. They give your children the distance to see someone else’s story and not talk about themselves, while at the same time giving them the opportunity to ask find out more and ask any questions they might have.\

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