Posted by: Tracy Barsamian | September 10, 2012

Children’s Books We Love!: Adoption (General)

The following list is a few of our favorite books about adoption (in general).

Adoption-General (Youngest kids)

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk.  Scholastic Press, 1999.

On her very first day of life, Little Miss Spider searches for her birth mother and finds a loving forever mother.

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza, 1992

A little bird named Choco looks for a mother.

Adoption-General (Preschool to 2nd Grade)

Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini.  Holiday House, 1991.

An Korean adoptee discovers that her classmates have different types of families.

The Family Book by Todd Parr.  Brown Little, 2003.

I love this book!  It celebrates all different types of families:  families that look alike, formed by adoption, two moms, divorced parents, etc…  I also love The Peace Book by the same author.

Horace by Holly Keller.  Greenwillow Books, 1991.

This is a very cute little story!  Horace’s adoptive family “chooses” him; they choose to love him forever.  And after Horace struggles with looking different from his adoptive parents, in the end, Horace “chooses” his family as well!

My Family is Forever by Nancy Carlson.  Puffin, 2006

This is a very simple book.  Simple text.  Simple drawings.  But a lovely message.  A young Korean adoptee explains how her family was formed by adoption.  She simply states, “Families are formed in different ways, so they don’t always look alike.” Later, she explains how she IS like her parents: “I’m a good cook like my dad, and a wonderful dancer like my mom.”  She wonders about her birth parents, but thinks that “they wanted me to have a family to love.”

Our Twitchy by Kes Gray.  H. Holt, 2003.

A lovely adoption story about a little bunny who learns what makes a family special.


  1. I was amazed that there are so many wonderful books about the subject. Keira loves the stories. It just so happens that the topic is relevant and important.

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