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Looking for book ideas for children, what are your kids favorites?

post #1 of 8
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My 7 yr old daughters favorite adoption themed books are sweet moon baby and the red thread, even though they are both more relevant to international adoption and she was adopted domestically. I think she must like the whimsical/fairy tale theme to both of them.


I like to have a few adoption fiction story books for my kids to look at when they want to, so I was wondering what are some of everyone else's kids favorites? Does anyone have recommendations with books that have a similar feel?


I am also looking for something for my now toddler that has some open adoption in the story, does anyone know of any? I like the gentle explanation of abandonment issues in sweet moon baby, if anyone has any other book recommendations like that it would be a plus too :)

I know there is a resource list with tons of books, but I don't have time to read reviews on all of them and then request them from the library to pre-read before buying :)



post #2 of 8

I like A Mother for Choco. Also the Bean Seed by Judith Fox and Robert Spottswood. I like how the Runaway Bunny can be used as an adoption book.

post #3 of 8
I also like A Mother For Choco.
And Rosie's Story.
We have a few others but none of those are favorites yet.
post #4 of 8

My adopted son LOVES "Crow and Hawk:" http://www.amazon.com/Crow-Hawk-Traditional-Pueblo-Indian/dp/1858911435/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364927682&sr=8-1&keywords=crow+and+hawk


It's a book that we got through the K12 program when I was homeschooling, and I find it very sad, but he does not find it so. I think it shores up his notion that what happened to him (having a mother who couldn't pull herself together to parent and ultimately lost custody) is not some freak event, but a common thread in human society. 

post #5 of 8
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It seems more difficult to find books that are based on domestic adoption. I have come across many books aimed towards families with daughters from China, and they have mostly been lovely books, but they are not relevant to our story at all. Even the domestic adoption books tend to talk about flying far away to get the child or describe details I would rather keep vague (since we don't know them) like using birthmothers age or poverty as a reason for placement.

post #6 of 8

How I was adopted by Joanna Cole (who wrote the magic schoolbus) http://www.amazon.com/How-Was-Adopted-Mulberry-Books/dp/0688170552/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364964839&sr=1-1&keywords=how+i+was+adopted


Domestic newborn adoption of white baby girl. 


"Before I was adopted, I was born. Daddy and Mommy told me how babies are born....Many children stay with the woman who gave birth to them. Some children do not. Some children need to be adopted the way Mommy and Daddy adopted me. I did not grow inside Mommy's uterus. I grew in another woman's  uterus. Some special things about me were there when I was born--my blue eyes, my curly hair, the freckle on my knee, and my being a girl! The rest of me---what I know, how I talk, the jokes I like, the things I can do---Came from just being me and growing up in my family."


Mainly this book talks about the little girl and her parents and her life. There are a couple pages how her parents wanted to adopt and one day they got a phone call about a week old baby and how excited they were and what they did to take care of the baby.


Nice book. We haven't read it in awhile. I should probably read it to my daughter some time soon.

post #7 of 8

Well, you can hardly get more domestic-adoption focused than "Crow and Hawk." It's a Native American folktale winky.gif

post #8 of 8
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I've been requesting a ton of books from the library to preview first and decide what I want to own. There seems to be a ton of books for children born in China, and my daughter does like most of them (star of the week and motherbridge of love) but I wanted more appropriate books for her situation.


I actually really liked the mulberry bird by Anne Braff Brodzinsky; it is not a happy feel good book but I thought still a good read and worth having on the shelf. I'm still exploring books I like and I will report back as I find more :)

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