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We Are Adopted (Let’s Talk About It Books)by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos -This story is about adoption and is told by a sister who is waiting for her parents at the airport who are arriving home with her new little brother. Both her and her brother are Russia. The new family goes to a picnic with a group that has children adopted from all over the world and children adopted in the United States. Where all the children and families learn about each other’s birth countries. It also explains adoption quiet well and is done so that it is easy for your child to understand. And the book ends with the last page being “I’m glad to be me!” There are two pages for guidelines for parents about adoption, physical & emotional concerns and talking to your children about adoption. Also included are some activities for parents and children. $6.99 at amazon.com
Megan’s Birthday Tree: A Story about Open Adoption by Laurie Lears – Megan’s birth mother, Kendra, and her adoptive parents lovingly share a connection with each other and with Megan. When the child was born, Kendra planted a tree, and every year she sends a photo of it to Megan on her birthday. Now she is getting married and moving, and the youngster worries that her birth mother will forget her without the tree as a reminder. She wants to discuss it with Mom, but the words get stuck in her throat, so she asks instead for the story of her birth. Mom recalls, “Kendra loved you so much! Yet she knew she wasn’t ready to take care of a baby, so she’d chosen Dad and me to be your parents.” Lears captures perfectly the child’s anxiety about being forgotten, as well as her delight when Kendra reveals that even though she does not need a reminder to keep Megan in her heart, she has dug up the tree to replant at her new home. Accomplished full-color paintings complement the text by depicting Megan’s emotions–thoughtful, worried, surprised, and joyful. $13.25 from amazon.com – hardcover
Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption by Scott Simon – NPR’s award-winning and beloved Scott Simon tells the story of how he and his wife found true love with two tiny strangers from the other side of the world. It’s a book of unforgettable moments: when Scott and Caroline get their first thumb-size pictures of their daughters, when the small girls are placed in their arms, and all the laughs and tumbles along the road as they become a real family. This book is warm and funny but doesn’t gloss over the rough spots. There are anxieties and tears along with hugs and smiles and the unparalleled joy of this blessed and special way of making a family. $11.88 at amazon.com