Reading with your Children
Those winter months are upon us, so what could be better than cuddling up with with your little one and reading some of these great stories?
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born The story of an infant domestic adoption, each page starts with “Tell me again…” to string together the story of how a baby joined her family from the phone call in the middle of the night to the fun adjustments of having a new baby at home.
A Mother for Choco celebrates transracial adoptive families through a bird, a bear, a hippo, an alligator, and a pig. Choco sets out to find a mother and learns that his mother doesn’t have to look like him, she just has to care for him. Perfect for all adoptive families!
Adoptive mom and child/adolescent therapist by trade, Kristan Struck set out to give adoptive families a way to introduce conversations in age appropriate ways about birthparents and the loss that surrounds adoption. She wrote A Family for Eve about a little chick found in a farmyard who quickly gets paired up with Cleo the cat, a mama cat who has three kittens as well as a bunny and duck she mothers. A book appropriate for domestic (closed) or any international adoptions, the author donates 10% of the proceeds from the book to a different cause each month.
If you want simple language for little ones and simple drawings to catch little ones’ attention, We Belong Together by Todd Parr is one you’ll want for your shelf. Designed to work for all sorts of adoptive families with pronouns that change and people of differing backgrounds.
Forever Fingerprints: An Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children by Sherrie Eldridge touches on issues that may be hard for children to bring up on their own such as their feelings about birth family and is an excellent starting point for discussions with your kids.
For a complete list visit A Family for Every Child’s Page!