Adoption Books

Stories and informational books to help children understand adoption.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
A Blessing From Above

Patti Henderson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

A kangaroo's prayers for a baby are answered when a bird falls out of its nest into her pouch.

A Child Is A Child

Brigitte Weninger
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

When two frogs are left orphaned, Mama Mouse mobilizes the community to use their skills to help her raise them.

A Mother For Choco

Keiko Kasza
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ka)

Choco, a lonely yellow bird with no mother, sets out to find a mother but cannot find anyone that shares her appearance. At last, she meets a mother bear who cares for her and invites Choco to join the family -- which includes an adopted pig, rhinocerous, and alligator.

A New Barker In The House

Tomie dePaola
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Twins Moffie and Morgie are excited when they hear that their family is adopting a three-year-old Hispanic boy.


Allen Say
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sa)

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.

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ri)

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

Carolyn's Story: A Book About An Adopted Girl

Perry Schwartz
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 362.734 Sc)

Told from the perspective of Carolyn, a young adopted girl from Honduras. The text provides a personal account of how it feels to be adopted, how other children perceive her, as well as the steps her adopted family takes to preserve her cultural heritage. Colorful photos of Carolyn and her family accompany the text.

Giant Jack

Birte Müller
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mu)

Giant Jack, a rat growing up in a mouse family, suffers from being larger and clumsier than his siblings, until Mother Mouse explains that his differences make him special.

Home at Last

Vera B. Williams
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wil)

After Lester is adopted from his foster home by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he can't fall asleep in his new bed. What will it take to make Lester feel home at last?

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

Rose Lewis
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.

I'm Adopted!

Shelley Rotner
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 362.734 Rot)

With a perceptive text and dynamic photographs, the creators of this book demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

Jin Woo

Eve Bunting
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bu)

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.

Let's Talk About Adoption

Diana Star Helmer
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 362.734 He)

Provides an upbeat discussion of the loving and difficult decisions made during the adoption process. Colorful photos depicting an array of adoptive families accompany very simple text.

Little Cub

Olivier Dunrea
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dun)

A young bear cub, who is alone in the world, and Old Bear, who is grumpy and tired of living alone, meet and discover what they have been missing.

My Family is Forever

Nancy Carlson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

A young girl recounts how she came to be part of an adoptive family.

My Mei Mei

Ed Young
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yo)

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

Our Twitchy

Kes Gray
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

A little bunny named Twitchy discovers that there's something special about his family: he was adopted by a cow and a horse.

Over The Moon: An Adoption Tale

Karen Katz
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ka)

A loving couple dream of a baby born far away and know that this is the baby they have been waiting to adopt. Told in bright, bold colors and gentle language. This story follows the author's own experience of the days just before and after adopting a little girl from Central America.

Pablo's Tree

Pat Mora
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mo)

Each year on his birthday, a young Mexican American boy looks forward to seeing how his grandfather has decorated the tree he planted on the day the boy was adopted into a Mexican American family. Spanish language is interspersed throughout the story.


Judith Caseley
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

When Melissa's parents adopt Kika from another country, the two girls learn about being sisters.

Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles

Darlene Friedman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fri)

As her turn to be "Star of the Week" in her kindergarten class approaches, Cassidy-Li puts together a poster with pictures of her family, friends, and pets, and wonders about her birthparents in China.

Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born

Jamie Lee Curtis
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cu)

A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.

Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story

Yumi Heo
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Heo)

A young girl eagerly awaits the arrival of her newly-adopted sister from Korea, while her whole family prepares.

The Family Book

Todd Parr
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Par)

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.

The Little Green Goose

Adele Sansone
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sa)

Mr. Goose finds an abandoned egg, hatches it, and raises a peculiar green-skinned long-tailed chick, who worries about his identity but comes to recognize that he has a loving parent.

The Red Blanket

Eliza Thomas
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Th)

Tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby.

Through Moon And Stars And Night Skies

Ann Turner
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Tu)

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.

We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo

Linda Walvoord Girard
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 362.734 Gi)

Nine-year-old Benjamin Koo Andrews, adopted from Korea as an infant, describes what it's like to grow up adopted from another country and what it is like to gain a sister when his parents later adopt a girl from Brazil. Told with candor and humor, this book addresses many aspects of the emotional adjustments of being an adopted child.

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption And Families

Todd Parr
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Par)

The joy of adoption and bringing families together is presented in this tale.

When You Were Born In China: A Memory Book For Children Adopted From China

Sara Dorow
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 362.734 Do)

Details the experiences of children in China as they move through the government system before they are adopted. Provides background information pertaining to cultural reasons that explain why children are given up by birthparents. Black and white photos of children in China accompany this gentle and frank discussion of the adoption process in China.

You're Not My Real Mother!

Molly Friedrich
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fr)

After an adoptive mother tells her daughter all the reasons that she is her "real mother," the young girl realizes that her mother is right, even though they do not look alike.

Picture Books

The Day We Met You

Phoebe Koehler
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ko)

Mom and Dad recount the exciting day when they adopted their baby.

We Wanted You

Liz Rosenberg
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ro)

Parents tell how they waited and prepared for the child that they wanted so much.