Ten Beautiful Picture Books About Adoption

You won't want to miss out on these.

Rachel Skousen October 17, 2013

Picture books are often the best way to start conversations with your adopted child about where he came from and how he helped complete your family. There’s no better way to provide a safe place for your child to ask questions than to snuggle together into your favorite chair and read together.

Some recommendations:

Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz
1. Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz

Best for: 2 to 8-year-olds. You and your child will love the bright, colorful illustrations in this tale about hopeful parents adopting their baby from another country. This is an adoption story that particularly appeals to children who were adopted internationally.

The Best For You by Kelsey Stewart
2. The Best For You by Kelsey Stewart

Best for: Kids 3 and older. Written by a birth mother, this book is ideal for helping children understand their birth mother’s perspective-- that they were not placed with an adoptive family because they were unloved but rather because they were loved more than they can imagine.

How I Was Adopted by JoAnna Cole
3. How I Was Adopted by JoAnna Cole

Best for: Kids 4 and older. An adopted child shares the story of her adoption. She asks questions directly to the reader that can help readers explore their own adoption stories.

Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles by Darlene Friedman
4. Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles by Darlene Friedman

Best for: 5 to 8-year-olds

A little girl adopted from China is given the assignment of creating a poster all about herself. In the process of putting together her poster, she realizes how important her Chinese birth family is to her. This story can help adopted children understand that both their birth families and adoptive families are important parts of who they are.

Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born  by Jamie Lee Curtis
5. Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

Best for: Kids ages 4 to 8. Jamie Lee Curtis’ story is almost universally beloved by adoptive families. It’s a cheerfully illustrated, simply written, joyful retelling of every adopted child’s favorite story: the story of coming to meet his or her family.

Forever Families: God’s Gift of Adoption  by Natalie Sutyak
6. Forever Families: God’s Gift of Adoption by Natalie Sutyak

Best for kids ages 4 and older. This story was written to teach children that God brings families together through adoption. It’s hope-filled and heartwarming—and you’ll love the illustrations!

God Found Us You  by Lisa Tawn Bergren
7. God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Best for: 4 to 8-year-olds. The answered prayers of two mama foxes—a birth mother and an adoptive mother—brought this little fox to his home.

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story  by Lori Rosove
9. Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story by Lori Rosove

Best for: Kids 3 and older. Rose is a beagle who was adopted by schnauzers. This story that addresses some of the tough questions that adopted kids might have, particularly if they look significantly different than their parents. It also includes some helpful notes for parents!

The Day We Met You  By Phoebe Koehler
10. The Day We Met You By Phoebe Koehler

Best for: Kids 2 to 5. Like Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born, this is a warm, loving story about the joy experienced by adoptive parents bringing their baby home.

I Wished For You: An Adoption Story | by Marianne Richmond
11. I Wished For You: An Adoption Story | by Marianne Richmond

Best for: Kids ages 2 and older. Mama bear tells her little one the story of how the deepest wish of her heart “came true” when he was adopted. The book addresses many of the questions that adopted children may have.

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at Adoption.com. She currently works as a content specialist at Adopting.org, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.


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