Adoption is a beautiful and complex process that can be challenging to explain to children. Fortunately, there are many children’s books that can help parents and caregivers start a conversation about adoption. These books can help children understand that families come in all shapes and sizes and that love is what makes a family. In this article, we will discuss seven great children’s books that can help explain adoption.
1- “We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families” by Todd Parr
This bright and colorful book by Todd Parr is a great introduction to adoption for young children. It explores the many ways that families come together, from traditional adoption to foster care and international adoption. The book emphasizes that all families are different but that they are all filled with love.
2- “Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born” by Jamie Lee Curtis
A young girl asks her parents to tell her the story of the night she was born. The story takes her on a journey through the adoption process, from the first phone call to the moment she meets her new family. The book celebrates the joy and love that comes with adoption.
3- “A Mother for Choco” by Keiko Kasza
The story of a little bird named Choco who is searching for a mother. He meets several animals who look like him but realizes that he wants a mother who will love him, even if she doesn’t look like him. The book emphasizes that families come in all shapes and sizes and that love is what makes a family.
4- “The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale” by Grace Lin
In this illustrated book, a mother tells her daughter the story of the Red Thread, a Chinese belief that an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to be together, no matter where they are. The story follows a little girl who is adopted from China and her journey to find her new family. The book celebrates the beauty and power of adoption and the unique bond that it creates.
5- “Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale” by Karen Katz
A couple adopts a baby from China and brings her home to meet her new family. The story explores the many emotions that come with adoption, from excitement to anxiety to joy. The book emphasizes that families are made with love, and that love is what makes them strong.
6- “The Family Book” by Todd Parr
The colorful and playful book celebrates all kinds of families, from big families to small families, adoptive families to biological families. The book emphasizes that what makes a family is love and that families can look very different from one another.
7- “God Found Us You” by Lisa Tawn Bergren
A mother tells her adopted daughter the story of how they came to be a family. The book celebrates the love and joy that adoption brings and emphasizes that families are made with love.
Explaining adoption to children can be challenging, but these seven great children’s books can help start the conversation. By emphasizing that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that love is what makes a family, these books can help children understand that adoption is a beautiful and loving process. Whether you are an adoptive parent, a caregiver, or a teacher, these books can help you create a safe and loving space for children to explore the concept of adoption.