Kids’ Books: Foster Care

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Often through reading to our kids, we are able to connect and approach subjects creatively. By clicking on “Read More,” you can learn a bit more about each book, and if we’ve had a chance to read it, we will review it on the these links.

NOTE: Inclusion on these lists does not necessarily mean endorsement as we have not had the chance to read all of them. Furthermore, with all our resources, we highly recommend you preview them first to determine if there are any trauma triggers that your child may not be ready to handle.

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TitleAuthorAge RangeRatingAmazon
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to SurvivePelzer, Dave high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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A Different Home: A New Foster Child's StoryDeGarmo, Kelly & Johnpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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A Family for SammyGaynor, KateNot Reviewed Yet.
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A Mother for Choco
[Book Review]
Kasza, Keikopreschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend
[Book Review]
Santat, Danpreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Best Family in the World
[Book Review]
Lopez, Susana & Wensell, Ulisespreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself
[Book Review]
Redford, Aliupper preschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
Broken StringsWright, Nancy Means high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Brown Like MeLamperti, Noelle elementary [Note: The reviews are very mixed on this book.]Not Reviewed Yet.
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Bud, Not Buddy
[Book Review]
Curtis, Christopher Paulupper elementary; middle school5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Caleb's Healing Story: An Interactive Story with Activities to Help Children to Overcome Challenges Arising from Trauma, Attachment Issues, Adoption or FosteringChara, Kathleen A., and Lehner, Tasha A.upper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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CalliAnderson, Jessica Lee high school (fiction featuring bio daughter in two mom household with foster child)Not Reviewed Yet.
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Charley Chatty
[Book Review]
Naigh, Sarah and Jefferies, Rosiepreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Cyril Squirrel Finds Out About Love
[Book Review]
Evans, Janepreschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Foster Youth (The AN-YA Project)Christian, Diane ReneyouthNot Reviewed Yet.
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Don't Think TwicePennebaker, Ruth middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental RightsNelson, Juliepreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live with Their Parents
[Book Review]
Levy, Janiceelementary; middle school5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

The Forever Child: A Tale of Anger and FearPost, Bryan & Clark, NancyNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Forever Child: A Tale of Lies and LovePost, Bryan & Clark, NancyNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Forever Child: A Tale of Loss and Impossible DreamsPost, Bryan & Clark, NancyNot Reviewed Yet.
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Getting Near to BabyCouloumbis, Audrey late elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Great Gilly HopkinsPaterson, Katherineupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Grover G. Graham and MeMary Quattlebaumupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Hattie Big SkyLarson, Kirby middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Hattie Ever AfterLarson, Kirby middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices from the Foster Care SystemDesetta, Al (editor)teensNot Reviewed Yet.
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How Long Does It Hurt? A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their FamiliesMather, Cynthia L., Debye, K.E., Wood, J., & Gil, ElianateensNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Don't Have Your Eyes
[book review]
Kitze, Carrie A.elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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I Don't Want to Go to Justin's House AnymoreKlassen, Heatherelementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Love You All the SameKeith, Donna preschoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Independence: A Lifeskills Guide for TeensBrobyn, Anne & Ceccerallo, JuliateensNot Reviewed Yet.
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It's My BodyFreeman, Lorypreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Jenny WrenWatkins, Dawn L.upper elementary; middle school (chapter book)Not Reviewed Yet.
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Kids Need to Be Safe: A Book for Children in Foster CareNelson, Juliepreschool; elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Kit Kitten And The Topsy-Turvy Feelings
[book review]
Evans, Janepreschool; elementary; middle school5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
The Language of FlowersDiffenbaugh, Vanessa late high school?Not Reviewed Yet.
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The Last Chance TexacoHartinger, Brent high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Little Flower: A Journey of CaringMcAndrews, Laurapreschool; elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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LocomotionWoodson, Jacquelineupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Loving TouchesFreeman, Lorypreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Making Room
[Book Review]
Koehler, Phoebepreschool; elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care
Book Review
Wilgocki, Jenniferpreschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Meeting My CASA
Robe, Adamelementary; middle school5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Moving to Another Foster Home
Robe, Adamelementary; middle school5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Murphy's Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster CareGilman, Jan Levinson & O'Malley, Kathypreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Foster Care Journey: A Foster/Adoption LifebookO'Malley, Bethpreschool; elementary; middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Foster Family: A Story for Children Entering Foster CareLevine, JenniferNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Mom Has a Bad TemperHopkins, BeverlyNot Reviewed Yet.
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Oliver, A Story About Adoption [more about fantasizing about being with birth parents]Wickstrom, Lois preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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One for the MurphysHunt, Lynda Mullaly upper elementary; middle school; lower high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Pictures of Hollis WoodsGiff, Patricia Reillyupper elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Pieces of Me Who Do I Want to Be? Voices for and by Adopted TeensEdited by Robert L. Ballardhigh schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Returnable GirlLowell, Pamela middle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Robbie's Trail Through Foster Care
[Book Review]
Robe, Adamelementary; middle school5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Rosie Rudeyand the Very Annoying Parent: A story about a prickly child who is scared of getting close (Therapeutic Parenting Books)Naish, Sarah and Jefferies, Rosiepreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Something Happened and I'm Scared to Tell: A Book for Young Victims of AbuseKehoe, Patricia & Deach, Carol preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem: A story about refusing help and needing to be in control (A Therapeutic Parenting Book)
[Book Review]
Naish, Sarah and Jefferies, Rosiepreschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care
[Book Review]
Lovell, C.M. & Przystas, A.J.preschool; early elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

StellalunaCannon, Janell preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Trouble with SecretsJohnson, Karen, & Forssell, Linda Johnsonpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Wanting to BelongRobe, Adamelementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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When I Was Little Like YouPorette, Janepreschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day: A story about when feelings become too big (A Therapeutic Parenting Book)
[Book Review]
Naish, Sarah, and Jefferies, Rosiepreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Wolfie the Bunny
[Book Review]
Dyckman, Amepreschool target but all ages will enjoy4 Out of 5 Hoots
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You're Not My Real Mother
[Book Review]
Friedrich, Mollypreschool; elementary3 Out of 5 Hoots
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Zachary's New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children
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Blomquist, Geraldine M & Paul B. elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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