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Children's Stories About Adoption

Talking about adoption can be difficult, especially with very young children. Try using these stories to get the conversation started.
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Emma's Yucky Brother
by Jean Little Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Emma has always wanted a little brother. Now her family is adopting Max, and Emma is sure he will be the best brother ever. But Max has his own ideas. He thinks sisters are yucky, and that Emma is the yuckiest! Is this really what having a brother is all about?
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Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born
by Jamie Lee Curtis Illustrated by Laura Cornell
"Tell me again about the night I was born . . Tell me again how you would adopt me and be my parents... Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms . .
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Families Are Different
by Nina Pellegrini

Little Nico, who is adopted, realizes that some children live with one parent, two parents, or grandparents, and that some children have stepbrothers, stepsisters, and parents who look very different from one another.

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The Red Blanket
by Eliza Thomas Illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Based on the true story of the author's trip to China in 1994 to adopt her daughter PanPan, who was then 5 months old, this picture book is the tale of a little girl who needs a mommy and a forgotten blanket that needs a little girl and a woman who needs them both. Full color.

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My Family Is Forever
by Nancy L. Carlson

A young Asian girl describes how she came to live with her adoptive parents and the delight of having a loving family. As this heartwarming book makes clear, being a family isn't about who you look like or where you were born-it's about the love that binds you together.

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The Day We Met You
by Phoebe Koehler Illustrated by Phoebe Koehler
Step by loving step, a couple prepares their home for the arrival of their adopted baby. "When the happy couple holds their smiling infant for the first time ... the joy is almost palpable". -- Publishers Weekly.
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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
by Rose Lewis , Rose Lewis Illustrated by Jane Dyer
In simple, heartfelt language, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes tells the story of how one mother found her baby daughter by traveling to China. Infused with maternal love, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes features soft watercolors by best-selling artist Jane Dyer.
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