Kids’ Books: International and Transracial Adoption

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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. (Have older children in the home? Check out books for siblings on the General Kids’ Books list.)

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 RangeCountry/Culture (for those books which are country or culture specific)RatingAmazon
ABC, Adoption & Me
[Book Review]
Swift, Gayle H. & Casey Annepreschool; early elementary4 Out of Hoots
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Adoption Is Another Word for LoveRoche, NancyNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend
[Book Review]
Santat, Danpreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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A Gift for Little TreeMarquez, Colleen D.C. preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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All about Adoption: How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel about ItNemiroff, Marc; Koeller, Carol; Annunziata, JaneelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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All About ChinaBranscombe, Allison; Wang, Lin elementary; middle schoolChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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All Bears Need LoveValentine, Tanya Not Reviewed Yet.
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A Mother for Choco
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Kasza, Keikopreschool; elementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Anna Mei, Cartoon GirlGrund, Carol A. late elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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As Real As It Gets
[Book Review]
Amanda Barton, Natalie Hart, & Joel Schoon-Taniselementary5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
At Home in this World: A China Adoption StoryMacLeod, Jean ChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Best Family in the World
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Lopez, Susana & Wensell, Ulisespreschool; elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Best Single Mom in the World: How I Was AdoptedZisk, Mary preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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A Blessing from AboveHenderson, Patti preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself
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Redford, Aliupper preschool; elementary[ideal for children with trauma~not those adopted as infants]5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
BreadcrumbsUrsu, Anne upper elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Bringing Asha HomeKrishnaswami, Uma elementaryIndiaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Brown Like MeLamperti, Noelleelementary [Note: The reviews are very mixed on this book.]Not Reviewed Yet.
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Chosen by LoveJaski, TomelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Colors of UsKatz, Karen preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Confusing World of Brothers, Sisters and Adoption: The Adoption Club Therapuetic Workbook on SiblingsKupecky, ReginaelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Dragon's Extraordinary EggGliori, Debi preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Families Are DifferentPellegrini, Ninapreschool; early elementarytransracial adoption (child in book adopted from Korea)Not Reviewed Yet.
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Find a Stranger Say GoodbyeLowry, Loismiddle school; high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Friends, Bullies and Staying Safe: The Adoption Club Therapeutic Workbook on FriendshipKupecky, ReginaelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Forever Fingerprints: An Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children
[Book Review]
Eldridge, Sherrie elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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God Found Us YouBergren, Lisa Tawn preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Grace at ChristmasHoffman, Mary preschool; elementaryAfrican American; Gambia; TrinidadNot Reviewed Yet.
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Happy Adoption Day
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McCutcheon, Johnpreschool; early elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Heart of MineHojer, Dan & Hojer, Lotta preschool; early elementaryinternational adoption from an Asian countryNot Reviewed Yet.
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HoraceKeller, Holly preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Don't Have Your Eyes
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Kitze, Carrie A. elementary4 Out of 5 Hoots
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I Love You All the SameKeith, Donna preschoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
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Lewis, Rosepreschool; elementaryChina2 Out of 5 Hoots
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In Our Mothers' House
[Book Review]
Polacco, Patricia elementarytwo caucasian moms; black daughter; red-headed daughter; Asian son4 Out of 5 Hoots
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The Itty Bitty SoulFellows, Jiminfant or very young child adoptionNot Reviewed Yet.
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I Wished for You: An Adoption StoryRichmond, Mariannepreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Jack and Emma's Adoptee JourneyKroskie, Pam all agesNot Reviewed Yet.
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Jamela's DressDaly, Niki preschool; early elementarySouth African cultureNot Reviewed Yet.
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Jazzy's Quest: Adopted and Amazing
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Goldman, Carrie, and Bond, Juliet elementary chapter booklatino child adopted into caucasian family5 out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
Jazzy's Quest: What Matters Most (Volume 2)
Goldman, Carrie, and Bond, Juliet elementary chapter booklatino child adopted into caucasian family5 out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
Jin Jin the DragonChang, GraceelementaryChinese culture; identityNot Reviewed Yet.
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Joe's Special Story-designed to help explain inter-country adoption to young childrenGaynor, Kate preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Kariboo
[Book Review]
Lockhart, Jessica J.preschool; elementaryCan be purchased in English, Russian, Bulgarian, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Polish, Hindi4 Out of 5 Hoots
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(Multiple languages available)
Kids Like Me in ChinaFry, Ying Yingupper elementary; middle schoolChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Let's Talk About It: Adoption
[book review]
Rogers, Fredelementary5 out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Let's Learn About Adoption: The Adoption Club Therapeutic Workbook on Adoption and Its Many Different FormsKupecky, ReginaelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Little CubDunrea, Olivier preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Little Green GooseSansone, Adele preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Little Miss SpiderKirk, Davidpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy TaleStickler, John C.; Han, Soma late preschool; elementaryKoreaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Mei Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles: A loving story of adoption, Chinese culture and a special birthday treatChen, Shan-Shan & Goodman, Heidi preschool; early elementaryChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Miracle in the Land of WuYoung, Buffi A preschool; elementaryChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Mommy Near, Mommy FarPeacock, Carol Antoinette preschool; early elementaryChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Motherbridge of LoveXinranpreschool; elementary(Chinese girl pictured)Not Reviewed Yet.
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The Mulberry Bird: An Adoption StoryBrodzinsky, Anne Braff upper preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Adopted Child, There's No One Like YouLeman, KevinelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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My First Book of Korean WordsPark, Kyubyong; Amen, Henry J. preschool; elementaryKoreaNot Reviewed Yet.
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My Mei MeiYoung, Ed preschool; early elementaryChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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My New Family: A First Look at AdoptionThomas, Pat preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Never Never Never Will She Stop Loving YouDurrant, Jolene preschool; elementary; middle school; high school; adultsbirth parentNot 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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Over the Moon: An Adoption TaleKatz, Karen preschool; elementaryCentral America (though talks more about "a far away place")Not Reviewed Yet.
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Paloma the PossibleGaily Toldtales, &Mellabella Storytellapreschool; elementary
(children who don't know/remember birth family)
HispanicNot Reviewed Yet.
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P.B. and Jay of the Sandwich IslandsPierce, Edward AndrewelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Porcupette Finds a FamilyOelschlager, Vanita preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Real Sisters Pretend
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Lambert, Megan Dowd preschool; elementarymultiracial family of 2 sisters both adopted (at end shows two moms)5 out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5
Rebecca's Journey HomeSugarman, Brynn Olenberg, and Shapiro, Michelle preschool; early elementaryVietnam (adopted into Jewish family)Not Reviewed Yet.
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The Red BlanketThomas, Elizapreschool; early elementaryChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Red in the Flower Bed: An Illustrated Children's Story about Interracial AdoptionNepa, Andreapreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy TaleLin, Gracepreschool; early elementaryChina (though identified only as a "far away place)Not Reviewed Yet.
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Rosie's Family: An Adoption StoryRosove, Loripreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International AdoptionPetertyl, Mary Ebejer preschool; elementaryFor birth children or older siblings preparing for new siblingNot Reviewed Yet.
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See No ColorGibney, Shannon high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Shades of PeopleRotner, Shelley preschool; early elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Shaoey and Dot: Bug Meets Bundle
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Chapman, Mary Beth & Steven Curtispreschool; early elementaryChina5 out of 5 Hoots
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A Sister for MatthewKennedy, Pamelapreschool; early elementary [directed toward older bio siblings]China (but really about older bio children)Not Reviewed Yet.
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Snowflake Kisses and Gingerbread SmilesParker, Toni Trent preschool; early elementaryAfrican AmericanNot Reviewed Yet.
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The Snowy DayKeats, Ezra Jack preschoolAfrican AmericanNot Reviewed Yet.
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Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles[Book Review]Friedman, Darlene & Roth, RogerelementaryChina (though not the emphasis of the book)5 out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale
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Clark, Karen Henrypreschool; early elementaryChina4 Out of 5 Hoots
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Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption StoryHeo, Yumi preschool; elementaryKoreaNot Reviewed Yet.
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This Is How We Became a Family: An Adoption StoryWillis, Waynepreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Vietnamese Children's Favorite StoriesTran, Phuoc Thi Minh; Nguyen, Dong; Nguyen, Hop Thi preschool; early elementaryVietnamNot Reviewed Yet.
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We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families
[Book Review]
Parr, Toddpreschool5 Out of 5 Hoots
5 hoots out of 5

Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted As Toddlers, Preschoolers, and BeyondMitchell, Christine preschool; elementary; middle schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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We're Different We're the SameKates, Bobbi Jane preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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We See the MoonKitze, Carrie A. preschool; elementary [all ages]pictures China but is universalNot Reviewed Yet.
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What's Cooking, Jamela?Daly, Niki preschool; early elementarySouth AfricaNot Reviewed Yet.
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When You Were Born in China: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from ChinaDorow, Sara K.elementaryChinaNot Reviewed Yet.
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Where Are My Birthparents: A Guide for Teenage AdopteesGravelle, Karen, and Fischer, Susan high schoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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Who We Are and Why We Are Special: The Adoption Club Therapeutic Workbook on Identity Kupecky, ReginaelementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Why Was I Adopted? The Facts of Adoption with Love and IllustrationsLivingston, Carole elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Wild About You!Sierra, Judy preschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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Wolfie the Bunny
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Dyckman, Amepreschool and elementary, but our whole family really enjoyed4 Out of 5 Hoots
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You are my baby. I am your mommy.Leclercq, Kimberly preschoolNot Reviewed Yet.
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You're Not My Real Mother
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Friedrich, Mollypreschool; elementaryAsian child pictured but not the emphasis of the book3 Out of 5 Hoots
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You Were Always in My Heart: A Shaoey and Dot Adoption StoryChapman, Mary Bethpreschool; elementaryNot Reviewed Yet.
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