Teaching children about adoption is not an easy task, but with some thoughtfully written and illustrated books, you can help them understand it better. They’re also a great source of inspiration if you want to present the adoption process to your family members and friends. Here are some gorgeous picture books about adoption which all describe adoption as a wonderful journey that brings families together.
Adoption Is for Always by Linda Walvoord Girard is a wonderful story about a five-year-old girl Celia who knows she’s adopted. She is a confused girl, and her parents must deal with her many questions about the adoption in a loving and understanding way. This is a great book for both children and parents because it presents all those questions that every adoption brings.
Sweet Moon Baby by Karen Henry Clark is a story of one baby’s journey from China to her adoptive parents on the other side of the world. A little girl floats in a basket over the river, but she’s not alone because a turtle, a monkey, a panda, and even some fish keep her company.
The Day We Met You by Phoebe Koehler is a children’s book from adoptive parent’s perspective. This wonderful tale about the adoption journey of two parents is a great way to present a true meaning of adoption to others.
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis is a warm story of how one child is born. It’s also a story of how a new family is born. A little girl wants to know the story of the night she was born, but she already knows the tale by heart. She tells the story she already knows by her questions which is a unique way to tell a story.
The Mulberry Bird by Anne Braff Brodzinsky is a great book since it addresses some common issues in adoption. This is a story of a mother bird who can’t give her baby the protection he needs so she decides that another bird family should raise her baby in a strong and secure nest.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is a story based on a real story of penguins who lived in New York Zoo. Two male penguins, Roy and Silo, are different from others. They love to spend time together, they share a nest, and they cuddle. When they see how other penguin couples take care of their children, they realize how they want to become parents. So, they find an egg-shaped rock and care for it like it’s their own egg. But, a surprise twist makes this a really unique story.
God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a book written with both adopted children and adoptive parents in mind. This book follows a bedtime ritual of Mama Fox and her Little Fox where Mama Fox tells him all about the day he came home.