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Adopted and Loved Forever by Annetta E. Dellinger This Concordia-published book features an Asian girl who describes what it means to be adopted. Emphasizes that parents of adopted children chose them, love them, and will never leave them. Includes several scriptural references.
Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings by Marge Eaton Heegaard
Adopted from Asia: How It Feels to Grow Up in America by Frances M. Koh Collection of rich personal stories of eleven adopted Korean-born children.
Adoption is For Always by Linda Walvoord Girard Parents reassure Celia that she is a permanent part of their family. Black and white sketches.
Advice for Adopted Kids by Ann Fredkove Written by a nine-year-old Korean-American girl, this is her story of what it is like to be adopted . . . including advice.
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.
Allison by Allen Say A red kimono triggers realization that Allison does not look like her parents. She is upset but works through her feelings with the help of a stray cat.
Beginnings: How Families Came to Be by Virginia Kroll Tells story of six children and how they came to join their families - including an adopted Korean girl.
Blessings From Above by Patti Henderson Momma-Roo longs for a baby to fill her empty pouch. Her dream comes true, but not in the way she expects...written by adoptive mom and illustrated by adoptee with a Christian perspective.
Carolyn's Story by Perry Schwartz True story of nine-year-old girl born in Honduras and then adopted by US parents. Written in her voice with lots of photos.
Chesi's Story: One Boy's Long Journey from War to Peace by Link S. White Story of a pre-teen boy taken in by the American Military and made a mascot during the Korean War who is ultimately adopted and immigrates to the United States.
Chinese Eyes by Marjorie Ann Waybill An elementary-age girl, adopted from Korea, deals with prejudice at school with the support of her parents.
Did My First Mother Love Me? by Kathryn Ann Miller Mother reads birthmother's letter to reassure child. Includes detailed section for parents/ adults at end of book.
Families by Meredith Tax Six-year-old girl of divorced parents talks about the different types of families she and her friends have . . . including an adopted cousin, single parents, neighbors without children, relationships with pets. Black and white engaging cartoon drawings.
Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini Nico, adopted from Korea, hates looking different from her parents. Then her mom explains that there are many types of families, every one of them glued together with love.
Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: a Collection of Family Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman
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.
Growing Up Adopted by Maxine R. Rosenberg Fourteen adoptees of various ages describe their perspectives.
Happy Adoption Day! lyrics by John McCutcheon To be read or sung, this book celebrates the annual anniversary day of an adopted child's joining of the family.