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Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #1: Moldylocks and the Three Beards (A Branches Book)– by Noah Z. Jones – This is a fun book that would appeal to both boys and girls. While it doesn’t have anything to do with adoption it does have to do with diversity. The main character Princess is a girl of color which is rare to find in most books these days – So bravo! The story is whimsical and a great weird take on fairy tales. I’m sure this series is going to be a huge hit. Its a beginner chapter book geared toward kids in grades 1 -2. The second book in this series is due out in August 2014. retail $4.99 amazon price $4.49 kindle price $3.82
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack – this is a graphic novel geared toward kids 8-12 in grades 3-7. Once again this book has nothing to do with adoption but does hit on diversity of characters. Cleopatra from Egyptian history finds a special scroll as a young girl and is thrust forward in time to become the savior of the galaxy. This is just the first of her many adventures. For fans of comic books with female heroines this book is fun and empowering. Cleo, as she likes to be called, is an excellent shot and great at hand to hand combat but really wants nothing to do with book learning, most of all algebra! Unfortunately we are going to have to wait until 2015 for her next adventure. retail price $12.99 amazon price: $10.68
10 Adoption Essentials: What You Need to Know About Open Adoption (Guide to a Healthy Adoptive Family, Adoption Parenting, and Relationships) by Russell Elkins – This book is a good starting point for families exploring open adoption. It is very short and gives a great overview of some very important elements to open adoption, sharing information, taking the open adoption relationship seriously, working through jealousy etc.. There is some good information in this little snippet of a book. A great way to start exploring the world of open adoption and really diving into the different feelings that it can invoke. amazon price $4.32 kindle price $.99
Finding A Family: A Journey Through Infertility and Adoption by Tina Nelson – Tina and her husband struggled with infertility, the tried adoption but waited for years with no results when Tina heard about a new option, Embryo adoption. They contacted an agency and decided to give this a try. Through Embryo adoption Tina and her husband were able to experience pregnancy and give birth to twins.
Tina and her husband are very religious and rely on their faith to get them through this difficult period in their lives. They felt that their Heavenly Father would see them through and enable them to have children and raise a family. You really live Tina’s grief of being unable to have children and the joy of finding out she is pregnant. If you are interested in embryo adoption this is a good first hand account of what it entails. List price $6.99 Amazon.com price $6.29, kindle price $2.99