Adoption Stories for Young Children


Picture Books

Bunting, Eve. Jin Woo. Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents still love him, he decides that having a baby brother will be fine.

Carlson, Nancy. My Family Is Forever. A young Asian girl's first-person simple narration states how she came to her adoptive parents and describes the joys of having a loving family.

Caseley, Judith. Sisters. Tells about Melissa and her newly adopted sibling, Kika, who barely speak the same language but must now become sisters. The story alternates between the first-person viewpoints of each girl as they discover what it means to be a family.

Clark, Karen Henry. Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale. The smiling moon watches over a baby girl in China whose parents love her but cannot take care of her, and guides a childless couple that lives far away to the daughter for whom they yearn.

Curtis, Jamie Lee. Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born. A little girl asks to hear the story of the night her parents got the call that she was born, and how they went to meet her.

De Paola, Tomie. A New Barker in the House. The Barker family adopts a 3-year-old boy who only speaks Spanish, so they all teach each other new words.

Katz, Karen. Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale. A loving couple dream of a baby born far away and know that this is the baby they have been waiting to adopt.

Krishnaswami, Uma. Bringing Asha Home. Eight year-old Arun waits impatiently while international adoption paperwork is completed so that he can meet his new baby sister from India.

Lewis, Rose. Every Year on Your Birthday. Each year on the birthday of her adopted Chinese daughter, a mother recalls the moments they have shared, from the first toy to the friends left behind in China.

Lewis, Rose. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes. A mom tells the story of going to China to get her new daughter.

Lin, Grace. The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale. A sad king and queen find joy and happiness after a mysterious red thread leads them to a baby waiting to be adopted.

McDonnell, Christine. Goyangi Means Cat. An understanding cat helps a young Korean girl adjust to her new home in America.

Rosenberg, Liz. We Wanted You. Looks back at a mom and dad waiting for their son, and getting ready for him while they wait.

Stoeke, Janet Morgan. Waiting for May. A young boy looks forward to the day when a new sister, who will be adopted from China, joins his family.

Sugarman, Brynn Olenburg. Rebecca's Journey Home. Mr. and Mrs. Stein and their young sons Gabe and Jacob adopt a baby girl from Vietnam.

Turner, Ann Warren. Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies. A boy who came from far away to be adopted by a couple in this country remembers how unfamiliar and frightening some of the things were in his new home, before he accepted the love to be found there.

Xinran. Motherbridge of Love. Celebrates the bond between parent and child as the adoptive parent of a little Chinese girl speaks about her love for her adopted daughter.

Young, Ed. My Mei Mei. Antonia gets her wish when her parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her.

Parent and Teacher

Lears, Laurie. Megan's Birthday Tree. Megan worries that her birth mother will forget her when she moves to a new house and leaves behind Megan's Birthday Tree.

Serrano, Berta. Born From the Heart. Every child is born from the heart, even when that child is adopted. This poetic parable follows Rose and Charlie as they search for a child to make their own. As Rose's dream becomes reality, her heart grows and grows . . . until it bursts with happiness, laughter, and wonder when she finally kisses the face of her beautiful new baby.

Thomas, Eliza. The Red Blanket. Tells the story of a mom bringing a red blanket when she meets her new daughter in China.

Illustrated Literature

Cummings, Mary. Three Names of Me. A girl adopted from China explains that her three names--one her birth mother whispered in her ear, one the babysitters at her orphanage called her, and one her American parents gave her--are each an important part of who she is. Includes scrapbooking ideas for other girls adopted from China.

Pettitt, Linda. Yafi's Family: An Ethopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption. Yafi was born in Ethiopia and remembers living with his Grandma Elsa before moving to the orphanage where his new family found him. Yafi describes his early life and how he felt when first adopted.

Say, Allen. Allison. When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcomed discovery through the help of a stray cat.

Little, Jean. Emma's Yucky Brother. When Emma's family adopts 4-year-old Max, they both need a little time to adjust before they become friends.

Little, Jean. Emma's Strange Pet. Emma's allergic to dogs, so she and her brother get a lizard. Her brother is glad they adopt the lizard, just like they adopted him.

Children's Fiction

Atinsky, Steve. Trophy kid, or, How I was adopted by the rich and famous. Since his much-publicized adoption at age three by American movie stars, thirteen-year-old Josef's carefully scripted public life has hidden the isolation he feels at home, but writing a book with a ghostwriter reveals much about his adoptive family and the one he lost during the war in Croatia.

Ellis, Deborah. No ordinary day. After learning that her family adopted her, Valli runs away from home to live on the streets of Kolkata, India, where she begs, steals, and resists help from a doctor who reveals that she has leprosy.

Frazier, Sundee Tucker. Cleo Edison Oliver, playground millionaire. Fifth-grader Cleo Edison Oliver is full of money-making ideas, and her fifth-grade Passion Project is no different--but things get more complicated when she has to keep her business running, be a good listener when her best friend needs her, and deal with the bully teasing her about being adopted at the same time.

Kadohata, Cynthia. Half a world away. Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.

Kent, Rose. Kimchi and Calamari. Adopted from Korea by Italian parents, fourteen-year-old Joseph Calderaro begins to make important self-discoveries about race and family after his social studies teacher assigns an essay on cultural heritage and tracing the past.

Levy, Dana. The misadventures of the family Fletcher. Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.

MacColl, Michaela. Rory's promise. Rory and Violet are orphaned sisters living in the Sisters of Charity Foundling Hospital in New York, but when the nuns decide to send Violet to an adoptive family out West, Rory is determined to follow her and keep their family together.

McKay, Hilary. Permanent Rose. While trying to reconnect with her friend Tom, who has returned to the United States without leaving a forwarding address, eight-year-old Rose inadvertently discovers the identity of her adopted sister Saffy's father.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Dogtag summer. In the summer of 1980 before she starts junior high school in Santa Rosa, California, Tracy, who was adopted from Vietnam when she was six years old, finds an old ammo box with a dog tag and picture that bring up painful memories for both her Vietnam-veteran father and her.

Peacock, Carol Antoinette. Red Thread Sisters. After an American family adopts eleven-year-old Wen from a Chinese orphanage, she vows to find a family for her best friend, too.

Rodowsky, Colby F. Ben and the sudden too-big! Family. Until now, ten-year-old Ben has believed that life is made up of "all right" and "not all right" stuff, but when his father remarries and the couple adopts a Chinese baby, he wonders which kind of stuff will prevail.


Books about adoption can be found in the 362.734 section.