Adoption Books | Review Of Wonderful You: An Adoption Story By Lauren McLaughlin

This whimsical children's book is one to add to your child's collection.

Caroline Bailey May 15, 2017
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Wonderful You: An Adoption Story by Lauren McLaughlin, is a children’s book that adoptive parents of young children should have on their bookshelf. The story tells of a lady in blue with a baby in her tummy whom she lovingly refers to as, “Wonderful You”. It takes the reader along the journey of the lady in blue as she searches for and finds the best parents for her baby. The story is narrated from the perspective of the adoptive parents.

Each word just oozes love. It is warm, sweet and shares a positive message about adoption. The writer did a fantastic job of lovingly acknowledging the importance of the birth mother while also giving notice to the hopes and dreams of the adoptive parents. It does all of this while relaying a positive and kid-friendly message about adoption.

Wonderful You

The illustrations are amazing, diverse, colorful, full of whimsy and match the enchantment of the story. What caught this reader’s eye is the image of the adoptive parents. They are not perfect, appear to be a little bit older than average new parents and are playfully engaged with each other and the baby throughout the book.
This book is for young children between the ages of three to seven and may be better suited for children who have been adopted either internationally or domestically. Reading adoption story books to young children is a wonderful way to connect with them and creates an opening for further conversations about how they came into their families, birth parents, and the role adoption has played in the life of the family.

Wonderful You:  An Adoption Story is the perfect gift for new adoptive parents or for families who are on the lookout for books to help their children understand adoption.  It is available now on Amazon and at major book retailers.

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Caroline Bailey

Caroline is a mother of three children through adoption and a strong advocate for the needs of children and families involved in the child welfare system in the United States. At the age of eleven (1983), she underwent an emergency hysterectomy in order to save her life. Caroline is the youngest person to have a hysterectomy. Her life has been profoundly affected by infertility. In 2006, Caroline and her husband, Bruce, became licensed foster parents. They were blessed to adopt two of their children through foster care in 2008 and 2010. Their youngest child is a relative of Caroline, and they celebrated his adoption in 2013. Caroline works for a Christian child welfare agency in Missouri. She has been a guest speaker at churches and conferences regarding adoption and is currently working on a memoir about the impact of illness, faith, foster care, and adoption in her life. Caroline is also an avid cyclist and enjoys cheering her children on in their various sporting activities. She shares her experience about foster care, adoption, barrenness, parenting, and faith on her blog. She would love to hear from you! Contact her at

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