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Parents' Primer: Families

ADOPTION

Books

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
CALL # AUTHOR TITLE DATE
J306.874 SCHUE Schuette, Sarah L. Adoptive Families
"Simple text and photographs present adoptive families, including how family members interact with one another"--Provided by publisher.
2010
J362.73 Boyd, Brian When You Were Born in Korea
Boyd creates a memory book for children adopted from Korea.
1993
J362.73 Dorow, Sara When You Were Born in China
Dorow creates a memory book for adopted Chinese children.
1997
J362.73 Petertyl, Mary E. Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption
Carly works through feelings of anticipation and fear when her parents travel to another country without her to adopt her baby sister.
1997
J362.734 ROTNE Rotner, Shelley I'm Adopted!
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.
2011
J362.734 D'Antonio, Nancy Our Baby from China: An Adoption Story
An American couple goes to China to adopt a baby.
1997
J362.734 MCMAH McMahon, Patricia Just Add One Chinese Sister
Claire’s adoptive mother tells the story of her adoption from China into a family with a brother, Conor.
2005
J362.734 NEMIR Nemiroff, Marc A. All About Adoption: How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel About It
Using simple language, describes the stages of the adoption process and discusses complex feelings commonly felt by adopted children.
2004
J362.734 OMALL, 2003 O'Malley, Beth LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child
O'Malley guides parents through a step by step, page by page process to make a lifebook for an adopted child.
2003
J362.734 PARR Parr, Todd We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families
2007
J362.734 Rogers, Fred Adoption (Let’s Talk About It series)
Rogers discusses what it means to be part of a family and examines some feelings that adopted children may have.
1994
JE AUBRE Aubrey, Annette Flora's Family
Rhyming text explains the issue of adoption.
2007
JE BERGR Bergren, Lisa God Found Us You
When Little Fox asks his mother to tell his favorite story, Mama Fox recounts the day he arrived in her life, from God to her arms.
2009
JE BLOMQ Blomquist, Geraldine M. Zachary's New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children
Zachary still remembers his "real" parents and finds that adjusting to life as Marie and Tom's adopted son is sometimes a painful reality.
1990
JE BLOOM Bloom, Suzanne A Family for Jamie: An Adoption Story
Although Dan and Molly can make cookies and birdhouses, they cannot make a baby, so they adopt Jamie and share with him their life and love.
1991
JE BOND Bond, Juliet C. Sam's Sister
Five-year-old Rosa becomes a big sister to a baby boy for whom their mother plans an open adoption because she cannot properly care for another child.
2004
JE BUNTI 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.
2001
JE CARLS Carlson, Nancy My Family Is Forever
A young girl recounts how she came to be part of an adoptive family.
2004
JE CASEL Caseley, Judith Sisters
When Melissa's parents adopt Kika from another country, the two girls learn about being sisters.
2004
JE CLARK 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.
2010
JE COLE Cole, Joanna How I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story
A young girl tells the story of how she came to be her parents' child through adoption.
1995
JE COSTE Coste, Marion Finding Joy
Shu-li, an infant girl who had to be sent away by her family in China, is adopted by an American family and renamed Joy.
2006
JE CURTI Curtis, Jamie Lee Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.
1996
JE FRIED Friedman, Darlene Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles
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.
2009
JE FRIED Friedrich, Molly You're Not My Real Mother!
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.
2004
JE HEATH Heath, Kathy Logan's Journey
A young boy relates the story of how he was adopted as told to him by his parents.
2007
JE HEO Heo, Yumi Ten Days and Nine Nights
A young girl eagerly awaits the arrival of her newly-adopted sister from Korea, while her whole family prepares.
2009
JE HODGE Hodge, Deborah Emma's Story
Thousands of baby girls from China have been adopted by North American families. This is the story of one such little girl and the many ways we form a family.
2003
JE HOJER Höjer, Dan & Lotta Heart of Mine: A Story of Adoption
A mommy and daddy embark on a journey to bring home Tu Thi, a little girl born in a land far away.
2001
JE KASZA Kasza, Keiko A Mother for Choco
A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother.
1992
JE KATZ 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.
1997
JE KELLE Keller, Holly Horace
Horace, an adopted child, realizes that being part of a family depends on how you feel and not how you look.
1991
JE KENNE Kennedy, Pamela A Sister for Matthew
When Matthew's parents decide to adopt a baby girl from China he has many questions, but by the time she arrives, he is excited about his new sister.
2005
JE KITZE Kitze, Carrie I Don't Have Your Eyes
A gentle multicultural exploration of how people are alike despite differences in appearance, background or ethnicity.
2003
JE KRISH 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.
2006
JE LAYNE Layne, Steven L. Over Land and Sea
Two parents describe their journey over land and sea to find the child that belongs in their family, as well as all of the joy and love the new baby brings.
2005
JE LEARS Lears, Laurie Megan's Birthday Tree: A Story about Open Adoption
Every year on Megan's birthday, her birth mother, Kendra, sends a picture of the tree she planted the day Megan was born, so when Kendra decides to get married and move to a new house, Megan worries that she will be forgotten.
2005
JE LEMAN Leman, Kevin My Adopted Child, There's No One Like You
When Panda has to make a family tree for school, his mother explains how he came to be adopted, and how very special that makes him.
2007
JE LEWIS Lewis, Rose A. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.
2000
JE LIN 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.
2007
JE LOPEZ Lopez, Susana The Best Family in the World
Carlotta anxiously awaits the arrival of her new family. What will they be like? She imagines all kinds of wonderful families...astronauts, pastry chefs, even pirates. How nice to find out that they are the best family in the world.
2010
JE MCDON McDonnell, Christine Goyangi Means Cat
An understanding cat helps a young Korean girl adjust to her new home in America.
2011
JE MCNAM McNamara, Joan Borya and the Burps: An Eastern European Adoption Story
When baby Borya is adopted by a kind Mamma-and-Papa, he leaves his Eastern European orphanage, taking nothing familiar with him except his talent for burping.
2005
JE MILLE Miller, Kathryn Did My First Mother Love Me?: A Story for an Adopted Child
Morgan’s adoptive mother reassures her that she is loved by reading a letter written by her birthmother. (Includes a section: "Talking with your child about adoption").
1994
JE NEWMAN Newman, Lesléa Felicia's Favorite Story
Mama Linda and Mama Nessa tell Felicia the story of her adoption: how they flew off in a big silver airplane to meet her; how they loved her as soon as they saw her; and how they named here Felicia, a Spanish word that means "happy", because having her in
2002
JE OELSC Oelschlager, Vanita Made in China: A Story of Adoption
Made in China tells the story of a girl adopted into an American family and the problems she encounters with her older sister. with help from her father, the adopted sister learns the value of her Chinese beginnings. Later the girls accept their differenc
2008
JE OKIMO Okimoto, Jean Davies The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption
Across North America, people in four different homes prepare for a special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their new adoptive parents.
2002
JE PEACO Peacock, Carol Antoinette Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story
Elizabeth, who was born in China, describes the family who has adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings for her unknown mother.
2000
JE PETTI Pettitt, Linda Yafi's Family : An Ethiopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption
2010
JE ROSEN Rosenberg, Liz We Wanted You
Parents tell how they waited and prepared for the child that they wanted so much.
2002
JE SANSO Sansone, Adele The Little Green Goose
Mr. Goose longs for baby of his own, but the egg he finds to sit on hatches into the most unusual chick!
2010
JE SAY 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.
1997
JE SCHRE Schreck, Karen Halvorsen Lucy's Family Tree
Lucy, an adopted child from Mexico, is convinced that her family background is too complicated for her to make a family tree she is supposed to create for a homework assignment.
2001
JE SHEMI Shemin, Craig Families are Forever
This story introduces Rain, a nearly six-year-old Chinese-American adopted girl, and tells how she found her 'forever family', a single mother in America.
2003
JE STOEK Stoeke, Janet Waiting for May
A young boy looks forward to the day when a new sister, who will be adopted from China, joins his family.
2005
JE SUGAR Sugarman, Brynn Olenberg Rebecca's Journey Home
Mr. and Mrs. Stein and their young sons Gabe and Jacob adopt a baby girl from Vietnam.
2006
JE THISD Thisdale, François Nini
A story about a baby's adoption.
2011
JE THOMA Thomas, Eliza The Red Blanket
Thomas tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby and how a red blanket becomes a connection between new mother and daughter.
2004
JE TURNE 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.
1990
JE WILLI Willis, Wayne This Is How We Became a Family: An Adoption Story
A childless husband and wife who want a baby adopt the child of a young woman who cannot keep it.
2000
JE ZISK Zisk, Mary The Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was Adopted
A girl tells how her mother decided to become a single parent and traveled overseas to adopt her and describes their happy life as a family.
2001

DVDs

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
CALL # TITLE DATE
DVD JE ARTHU Big Brother Binky
Binky's family adopts a baby girl from China. Binky is excited about preparing for her arrival and visiting China.
2008
DVD JE FAMIL Family Matters
Features two episodes of the PBS television series, Reading Rainbow, with a focus on families and adoption.
2006
DVD JE ILOVE I Love You Like Crazy Cakes: And More Stories about Families
Hear Mia Farrow as she narrates a story celebrating adoption and motherhood.
2006

Websites

Adoption Issues
http://www.adoptionissues.org/
An educational website from the CRC Health Group that addresses some of the emotional issues that surround an adopted child and adoptive parents.

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