11 Christmas Books For Adoptive Families

In case you need some last minute suggestions for gifts this year.

Jennifer Mellon December 15, 2016

These 11 books are the perfect gift for families involved in adoption, an adoptee in your life, and just those looking to understand more about adoption.

Happy holidays!

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond
1. I Wished for You: An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond

A wonderful Christmas gift for the adopted little ones in your life. This touching story affirms how much they were wished for and how unconditionally they loved they are. This story is a beautiful gift in that it can be personalized with their name on the cover and a special dedication page with a photo and message from the giver.

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Motherbridge of Love by Xinran
2. Motherbridge of Love by Xinran

This rhyming story celebrates the bond between parent and child in a special way. Through the exchanges between a little Chinese girl and her adoptive parent, this title offers a poignant and inspiring message to adoptive parents and children all over the world. A beautiful gift for any adopted child this holiday season.

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Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond by Christine Mitchell
3. Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond by Christine Mitchell

This beautiful book on tape available on Google Play can be played on those long holiday car rides to visit family. This story celebrates a young child joining their family past infancy. The message of love and reassurance will be cherished by children and parents alike. Well suited for children ages two through eight.

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I Love You Like Crazy Caked by Rose A. Lewis
4. I Love You Like Crazy Caked by Rose A. Lewis

This is one of my favorite children’s books on adoption. This story is a mother’s love letter to her adopted Chinese daughter. Based on her own experience, Lewis recalls the events leading up to their first meeting as mother and daughter. This book offers abundant reassurances of love to adopted children. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful. Perfect for children ages four through eight.

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Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacco
5. Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacco

This Christmas story book is about a child in foster care named Welcome Comfort. Welcome is always moving from home to home and getting picked on by the kids at school. Even Christmas, the most wondrous time of the year, isn't so wondrous for Welcome, since he has no family, no presents, and no Santa Claus. But when Welcome meets Mr. Hamp, the school custodian, he finally finds a friend. And when Christmas comes around, Welcome is taken on an extraordinary adventure that changes his life forever.

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What Child Is This? A Christmas Story by Caroline B. Cooney
6. What Child Is This? A Christmas Story by Caroline B. Cooney

This wonderful Christmas story will be a favorite of your pre-teen or teenage child.

Katie, a foster child, wants only one thing for Christmas: a family. However, there are no wise men coming from the East or shepherds watching in the fields. There’s also a teenager named Matt, who believes in doing a good deed. And another teenager, Liz, whose family decorates and celebrates, but leaves her wondering where the true meaning of the holiday has gone. And Mr. Knight and his son, Tack, who run an inn and put up a tree each season, on which children’s wishes will hang as they hope and wait for them to be granted.

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Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge
7. Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

For parents or grandparents of an adopted child, it is critical to understand what adoption and its process means to your child. This books addresses your child’s unique needs and offers points to discuss when feelings may remain unspoken. A wonderful jump starter to connecting with your child on an even deeper level this Christmas season.

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My Family, My Journey: A Baby Book for Adoptive Families by Zoe Francesca
9. My Family, My Journey: A Baby Book for Adoptive Families by Zoe Francesca

This is a beautiful Christmas gift for the family of an adopted child. This lovely keepsake album contains sections to record all the joyful milestones that mark a new baby's life, pages to chart the adopted child's unique journey, as well as a sturdy pocket in which to store important documents and memorabilia.

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Finding Family: My Search for Roots and Secrets in my DNA by Richard Hill
10. Finding Family: My Search for Roots and Secrets in my DNA by Richard Hill

As the founder of Trustify, we regularly work on search and reunions. Around the holidays, especially, you may have a stronger desire to receive information or connect with a child you placed for adoption or your birth parents or family. Richard Hill’s book, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and Secrets in my DNA is a page turner sharing his story of finding his birth family and information on his ancestral roots. A must read.

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God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergen
11. God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergen

Lisa Tawn Bergren tells this heartwarming tale with tenderness and a true understanding. Just as How Big Is God captures the immensity of looking at God through a young child's eyes, this book captures the more intimate, but no less profound, discovery of the blessings that adoption brings to both parent and child.

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We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr
12. We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr

Popular author-illustrator Parr illustrates the rewards of family ties in this heartfelt, supportive book geared toward adopted children and their parents. This story book inclusively depicts an array of children and families—including one with a single parent and one with two dads—and emphasizes the rewards of adoption for adults and children alike. Apart from the subtitle, the text never uses the word adoption nor refers to the adoption process, keeping the focus squarely on the universal joys of sharing hearth and heart.

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Jennifer Mellon

Jennifer Mellon has worked in the children welfare field for more than a decade, serving in varying capacities as the Executive Director, Member Manager, and Chief Development Officer at Joint Council on International Children’s Services. She also worked for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and served on the Board of the Campagna Center, which provides critical educational services to children and families in the DC Metro region. She currently serves on the Development Board for the National Council for Adoption.She is the Co-Founder and President of Trustify, which she founded with her husband, Danny Boice. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia with their 5 children.


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