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A Dream Come True  by Adorable Adoptees (Jessica Rose, Nicole and Sarah Dankert)   These three teens, all adopted from Korea, created a memory book especially for adopted children. Notebook-style binder, with Velcro-closure and cute artwork, allows for customization.


Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings  by Marge Eaton Heegaard   


Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings  by Cindy Probst    New, easy-to-read workbook for international adoptive parents and waiting parents who wish to document their children's early lives for them in the form of a lifebook. Through exercises and the text, readers become more comfortable telling children the truth about their beginnings while emphasizing their strengths and resilience.


All about Me  by Lynn Burwash and Cie McMullin    Provides opportunities for parents and young children to have frank, meaningful discussions about adoption...kids can participate by drawing and/ or filling in the blanks using their own washable crayons and markers.


Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child's Lifestory  by Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk    Guides parents in the creation of a lifebook for their children that explores their birth heritage and their spiritual heritage as well.


Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted  by Susan Gabel, M.Ed    Lifebook/ workbook for older children, to be used as a tool to help them learn about being adopted. Sections include: My Birth Family, My Adoption Process, My Adoptive Family, and Myself.


Forever Fingerprints  by Sherrie Eldridge   Lucie's aunt and uncle are having a baby, which makes Lucie wonder about her birth mother and what it was like before she was born.


Grown in the Heart  imported from Finland by Adopt Shoppe    Part lifebook, part meditation for adoptive parents, focusing on the first year of life together.


Hold on Tight to Your Dream (Korea edition) available at Adopt Shoppe      Deluxe (and pricier) lifebook that offers map and cultural information in addition to many fill-in-the-blank forms for personal details. Both travel and escort versions available. Includes 12 pages of monthly calendars for quick recording of milestones.


I Am Chosen.      Memory scrapbook especially designed to accommodate all the many adoption options - including older children and sibling groups - as well as all nationalities. Divided into 3 sections: About Me, My Family, Milestones. Sturdy, acid-free paper for a lifetime of memories.


Illustory.      Kit that allows kids to write and illustrate their own adoption story, then have it professionally typeset and bound. There is a PhotoStory Jr. that incorporates photos as well.


International Adoption Travel Journal  by Mary E. Petertyl   Six sections include adoption specific info; flight itineraries; daily journal pages; cities, accommodations, and foods; thoughts and activities upon arriving home; and a telephone and address book.


Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child  by Beth O'Malley    Advice for parents on creating a lifebook that is sensitive, appropriate, and meaningful for their children.


Once Upon a Time      This international adoptee memory book can be customized for families who travel and those who do not. Sixty pages include 10 full-sized photo pages and document holders, all removable in this post-bound book.


Our Adoption Journey      Sixteen-month keepsake calendar containing pictures of adopted children, which provides space to record details and chart progress of adoption plans. Includes adoption-related stickers.


PhotoStory and PhotoStory Jr.      Allows parents (or children) to write and illustrate their own archival quality lifebook that is then typeset and bound. Kit contains markers, special photo tape, cover pages and text pages (40 options) plus a postpaid mailing envelope for returning materials to the publisher.


Reflections of Love.      Decorated with sepia-toned photographs, this journal includes an appropriate thought question at the top of each page.


The Complete Lifebook Workbook  by Jim Mooney, MSW   Hundreds of sections of text and fill-in-the-blank forms are provided to cover each individual situation. Kids cut and paste appropriate parts to create their own personalized book.


This is Me.      Removable pages allow you to tailor the book to child's unique situation. Appropriate for older children as well. All areas of a "regular" life/baby book are covered, but with the idea in mind that your child came to your family in a special way. Can be customized for any country.


Till There Was You: An Adoption Expectancy Journal  by Rebecca Lyn Gold    Includes space to record memories as well as thought-provoking passages from adoptive parents and therapist's insights for each stage of an "adoption pregnancy".