Adoption: Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 0 to 3

  • The Day We Met You; by Phoebe Koehler; Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997
  • Emma's Story; by Deborah Hodge; Tundra Books, 2003
  • Just Add One Chinese Sister; Patricia McMahon and Conor Clarke McCarthy; illustrated by Karen A. Jerome; Boyds Mills Press, 2005
  • Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies; by Ann Turner; HarperCollins, 1992

Ages 3 to 8

  • All About Adoption: How Families Are Made and How Kids Feel About It; by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata; illustrated by Carol Koeller; Magination Press, 2004
  • Happy Adoption Day!; lyrics by John McCutcheon; illustrated by Julie Paschkis; Little, Brown and Co., 1996
  • My Adopted Child, There/s No One Like You; by Kevin Leman; Revell, 2007
  • My New Family: A First Look At Adoption; by Pat Thomas, illustrated by Lesley Harker; Barron's Educational Series, 2003
  • A Koala for Katie: An Adoption Story; by Jonathan London; illustrated by Cynthia Jabar; A. Whitman, 1993
  • The Mulberry Bird: An Adoption Story; by Anne Braff Brodzinsky; illustrated by Diana L. Stanley; Perspectives Press, 1996
  • My Family is Forever; by Nancy L. Carlson; New York, Viking, 2004
  • My Mei Mei; by Ed Young; Philomel, 2006
  • My Real Family; by Emily Arnold McCully; Voyager, 1999
  • Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale; by Karen Katz; H. Holt, 1997
  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born; by Jamie Lee Curtis; illustrated by Laura Cornell; HarperCollins, 1996
  • The Tummy Mummy: Adoption Means Love; by Michelle Madrid-Branch; Santa Fe, NM, Adoption Tribe Pub, 2004
  • Welcome Home, Forever Child: a Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers and Beyond; by Christine Mitchell; AuthorHouse, 2006
  • Wished for You: an Adoption Story; by Marianne Richmond; Marianne Richmond Studios, 2008
  • You're Not My Real Mother!; by Molly Friedrich and Christy Hale; New York, Little, Brown, 2004

Ages 8 to 12

  • All About Adoption: How Families are Made and How Kids Feel About It; by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata; Washington, DC, Magination Press, 2004
  • At Home in This World, A China Adoption Story; by Jean MacLeod; EMK Press; 2003
  • Did My First Mother Love Me?: A Story for an Adopted Child; by Kathryn Ann Miller; illustrated by Jami Moffett Morning Glory Press, 1994
  • How I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story; by Joanna Cole Mulberry Books, 1999
  • Who Am I?: And Other Questions of Adopted Kids; by Charlene Giannetti; Price Stern Sloan, 1999
  • When You Were Born in China: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from China; by Sara Dorow; photographs by Stephen Wunrow; Yeong & Yeong Book Co., 1997

Young Adult

  • Adopted Teens Only: A Survival Guide to Adolescence; by Denea Gorbett; New York, iUniverse, 2004.
  • Good Night Mr. Tom; by Michelle Magorian; Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • Kimchi & Calamari; by Rose Kent; Harper Collins, 2007

Books for Adults

  • Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents and Professionals; by L. Anne Babb; Praeger, 2008
  • Adoption is a Family Affair! What Relatives and Friends Must Know; by Patricia Irwin Johnston; Perspectives Press, 2001
  • Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections; by Jean MacLeod; EMK Press, 2006
  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents; by Deborah Gray; Perspectives Press, 2002
  • Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments With Your Adopted Child; by Lark Eshleman; Taylor Trade Publishing, 2006
  • Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family; by Karyn Purvis; McGraw-Hill, 2007
  • Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Adoption: What Children Need to Know; by Fanny Herlem; Jessica Kingsley Publ., 2008
  • Inside Transracial Adoption; by Gail Steinberg, Beth Hall; Perspectives Press, 2000
  • Insight Into Adoption: What Adoptive Parents Need to Know About the Fundamental Differences Between a Biological and an Adopted Child—And Its Effect on Parenting; by Barbara Blomquist; CC Thoma, 2001
  • Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family; by Andrew Adesman; New York, McGraw-Hill, 2004
  • Parenting Your Adopted Older Child: How to Overcome the Unique Challenges and Raise a Happy and Healthy Child; by Brenda McCreight; New Harbinger Publishers, 2002
  • Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years; by Patty Cogen; Harvard Common Press, 2008
  • Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past; by Betsy Keefer, Jayne Schooler; Bergin and Garvey, 2000
  • Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family; by Jayne Schooler; Navpress Publ Group; Rev. ed, 2008

Other Resources

National Council For Adoption
1930 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009-6207
(202) 328-1200

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Children's Bureau/ACYF
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024
(703) 385-7565 or (800) 394-3366
Web site: (international adoption information)
Web site:

National Council for Single Adoptive Parents
PO Box 55
Wharton, NJ 07885
Web site:

Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2010-06-04
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04
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