Books on: Adoption

Books that explain the adoption process or provide reassurance to adopted children who are struggling with difficult concepts and emotions.

Help A Hamster: A Gentle Introduction To Adoption
Author: Hilary Robinson
Illustrator: Mandy Stanley
How this book may help: Encourages children to think about adoption, blended families and attachment through the parallel stories of the little boy Alfie, whose mother gave him up for adoption, and the baby hamster, Alfonzo, who is rejected by his mother and litter-mates.
When Henry the hamster arrives back at school after the holidays having given birth to four babies,... read more

Tags: adoption, family

A First Look at Adoption: My Parents Picked Me
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harkar
How this book may help: Provides an easy to understand introduction to the subject of adoption for young children.
This book is written by a Psychotherapist and counsellor and deals with the questions a child may... read more

Tags: adoption, being different, family, foster

Our Twitchy
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan
How this book may help: Highlighting that adopted children are loved unconditionally and differences between the child and the parent are not important.
Twitchy the young rabbit wonders why his parents don't hop as he does. Twitchy is shocked to find... read more

Tags: family, diversity, being different, adoption, relationships

A Mother for Choco
Author: Keiko Kasza
How this book may help: A good choice for adopted children living in a multi-cultural home. Promotes the view that being different from your parents is fine.
Choco is a liitle bird who lives on his own and wishes he had a mother, so he decides to go and... read more

Tags: mother, foster, family, diversity, adoption, multicultural

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story
Author: Marianne Richmond
Illustrator: Marianne Richmond
How this book may help: Reflects the unconditional love felt between a parent and their adopted child. Explains common aspects of the adoption process. Reinforces the view that physical differences within a family are not important.
Barley the young bear snuggles up with his Mama and prompts her to tell him the story of how she... read more

Tags: love, foster, family, being different, adoption, relationships

Dad David, Baba Chris and Me
Author: Ed Merchant
Illustrator: Rachel Fuller
How this book may help: May help and support children who are being parented by gay men. Encourages an appreciation of, and acceptance of, same-sex parents, and shows that families come in all shapes and sizes. Promotes a positive view of gay relationships.
Seven-year-old Ben has a pretty ordinary life in all respects but one: he has three dads. 'Baba... read more

Tags: multicultural, friends, father, emotions, diversity, being different, anxiety, anger, adoption, prejudice

Author: Diana Kimpton
Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
How this book may help: A comforting look at adoption and accepting that you don't have to look alike and be the same to be loved.
Lamb wants a Maa and Kangaroo wants a baby. Lamb may look nothing like the other baby kangaroos... read more

Tags: adoption, being different, family, love, relationships

Finding A Family For Tommy
Author: Rebecca Daniel
Illustrator: Tommaso Loverte Tani
How this book may help: To use with very young children on the topic of adoption and fostering.
Tommy needs a new family who will give him lots of love. Lift the flaps to see where he might find... read more

Tags: adoption, family

The Most Precious Present in the World
Author: Becky Edwards
Illustrator: Louise Comfort
How this book may help: Adoption - loss, separation and belonging. May also support children who are asking questions and have mixed feelings about their adoption.
Mia wonders why her eyes are brown while her dads are blue, and why she has curly brown hair when... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, emotions, family

Dennis Duckling
Author: Paul Sambrooks
Illustrator: Tommaso Loverte Tani
How this book may help: Fostering/Adoption
Dennis Duckling and his little sister can no longer be looked after by their own parents and need... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, family, fears, foster, friends, sadness, separation anxiety

Dennis and the Big Decisions
Author: Paul Sambrooks
Illustrator: Tommaso Loverte Tani
How this book may help: Foster Care
Continues the story of Dennis Duckling and his foster care placement. The book looks at the range... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, depression, emotions, family, foster, separation, separation anxiety

Josh and Jaz have three mums
Author: Heidi Argent
Illustrator: Amanda Wood
How this book may help: Adoption, Same Sex Parenting
Josh and Jaz are adopted by two mums and they worry that children in their class will laugh at... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, being different, family

Croc and Bird
Author: Alexis Deacon
Illustrator: Alexis Deacon
How this book may help: Children living in families to which they are not biologically related will enjoy a story that shows the ties of love to be stronger than the ties of biology.
Croc and Bird both hatch from eggs side-by-side and assume they are brothers. Alone on the beach... read more

Tags: family, brother, adoption, sibling

A Mummy for Owen
Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Illustrator: John Butler
How this book may help: Children who have lost a parent or experienced a change in circumstances, such as fostering or adoption, will relate to orphaned Owen and find comfort in his loving relationship with his adoptive mother, Mzee, a 130-year-old male tortoise.
For baby hippo Owen his brownish grey mummy is his whole world until one day the rains come and... read more

Tags: being different, adoption, death, emotions, family, foster, love, mother

Elephants Never Forget
Author: Anushka Ravishankar
Illustrator: Christiane Pieper
How this book may help: This book touches lightly on the themes of adoption, loss and integration.
A baby elephant is lost and alone in the forest, when a herd of buffaloes come along and take him... read more

Tags: adoption, being different, family

Nutmeg Gets Adopted
Author: Judith Foxon
Illustrator: Sarah Rawlings
Publisher's summary: "This book tells the story of Nutmeg, a little squirrel, and his younger sister and brother who go..." read more

Tags: adoption, family, foster

Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale
Author: Karen Katz
Illustrator: Karen Katz
How this book may help: A good choice for an adopted child who was born overseas, or lives in a multi-cultural home
Publisher's summary: "An affirming story about international adoption, based on the author's own experience with her..." read more

Tags: foster, family, diversity, adoption, multicultural

The Teazles' Baby Bunny
Author: Susan Bagnall
Illustrator: Tommaso Levente Tami
Publisher's summary: "This colourful picture book for young children, aged two to four years old, tells the story of the..." read more

Tags: adoption, family, foster

The Cow That Laid an Egg
Author: Andy Cutbill
Illustrator: Russell Ayto
How this book may help: A great choice to cheer up a child going through difficult times - they will probably be giggling out loud by the end of the book! There's also an underlying theme of acceptance, and may even strike a chord with adopted children.
Publisher's summary: "A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one’s convictions, even when others doubt..." read more

Tags: adoption, foster, love, prejudice

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