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Parents' Primer: Families



Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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.
J362.73 Boyd, Brian When You Were Born in Korea
Boyd creates a memory book for children adopted from Korea.
J362.73 Dorow, Sara When You Were Born in China
Dorow creates a memory book for adopted Chinese children.
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.
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.
J362.734 D'Antonio, Nancy Our Baby from China: An Adoption Story
An American couple goes to China to adopt a baby.
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.
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.
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.
J362.734 PARR Parr, Todd We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families
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.
JE AUBRE Aubrey, Annette Flora's Family
Rhyming text explains the issue of adoption.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JE CARLS Carlson, Nancy My Family Is Forever
A young girl recounts how she came to be part of an adoptive family.
JE CASEL Caseley, Judith Sisters
When Melissa's parents adopt Kika from another country, the two girls learn about being sisters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JE KASZA Kasza, Keiko A Mother for Choco
A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JE MCDON McDonnell, Christine Goyangi Means Cat
An understanding cat helps a young Korean girl adjust to her new home in America.
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.
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").
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
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
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.
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.
JE PETTI Pettitt, Linda Yafi's Family : An Ethiopian Boy's Journey of Love, Loss, and Adoption
JE ROSEN Rosenberg, Liz We Wanted You
Parents tell how they waited and prepared for the child that they wanted so much.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JE THISD Thisdale, François Nini
A story about a baby's adoption.
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.
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.
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.
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.


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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.
DVD JE FAMIL Family Matters
Features two episodes of the PBS television series, Reading Rainbow, with a focus on families and adoption.
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.


Adoption Issues
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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