June Book Reviews

Why Can’t You Look Like Me? (English and French Edition)by Ola Zuri -The story of an African American girl adopted by a Caucasian family, and her struggle to find her place within a predominately white community. Ola Zuri the author, is a trans-racial adoptee so she knows first hand the struggle to find where you fit.  This book is light and empowering and great for talking about race and culture with your children.  The illustrations are unusual and fun.  This is the first in a series of books with topics relating to trans racial adoption, racism, fitting in, questions about family, identity, and most of all, self esteem and self confidence.

A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families: Stories that celebrate a special gift of love edited by Colleen Sell – This story collection celebrates the individuals and families who experience adoption firsthand. From first-time parents, anxiously awaiting the phone call that their little one has arrived to a single woman who crosses the Atlantic to find her heart’s child, this inspiring collection will touch every person who picks it up. This would be a good book to pass on to my extended family members curious about adoption.

Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle (Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Psychology) by Abbie E. Goldberg – More same sex couples than ever are becoming parents and this book provides a comprehensive overview of the research on same sex parenthood.  Ms. Goldberg touches on LGBT experiences raising children through young adulthood, including challenges of interacting with schools and teachers.  At the end of the book she speaks to the children themselves about their experiences having LGBT parents.

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