Looking for books to cozy up with this winter? What about a book to read with your little one? Here are fourteen must-read adoption-themed books published in 2014:
How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy Steps to Help You Produce the Best Adoption Profile and Prospective Birthparent Letter (Madeleine Melcher; adult/nonfiction) This book offers extensive tips on how to create an adoption profile book and expectant parent letter. Adoptive parents will appreciate the thoughts from birth mothers interviewed by the author.
Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe (Matthew Pratt Guterladult; adult/nonfiction) Josephine Baker, one of the first female African American stars, adopted twelve children from different countries during the 1950s, causing media frenzy and subsequent family tribulations. Her French estate, Les Milandes, became a theme park where tourists could observe Josephine’s “tribe.”
My Sister Abby (Allison Barberi; juvenile/fiction) Emma, a young girl, tells the story of her sister Abby’s adoption from Africa and the beautiful bond created between Emma and Abby.
Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail (Caroline Clarke; adult/nonfiction) Clarke, an adoptee, discovers the names of her biological family members (including her biological grandfather, entertainer Nat King Cole) and subsequently begins a relationship with her biological mother and other birth relatives.
Building Self-Esteem in Children and Teens Who Are Adopted or Fostered (Dr. Sue Cornbluth; adult/nonfiction) Dr. Cornbluth examines the struggles some foster and adopted children face, the impact these struggles can have on the lives of children and their families, and offers coping strategies.
Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother’s Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder (Tina Traster; adult/nonfiction) Traster shares her journey of adopting Julia from a Russian orphanage and discovering Julia has RAD.
Bird (Crystal Chan; young adult/fiction) Jewel’s world is turned upside down when her brother dies, but when a young man with a mysterious past arrives, Jewel re-discovers love, friendship, and possibilities.
Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption (Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris; adult/non-fiction) Brandi is a deaf woman who marries, has three boys, and then adopts a deaf baby girl from foster care.
Yes, I’m Adopted (Sharlie Zinniger; juvenile/fiction) A young boy tells the story of his adoption, including the love he has for his birth mother and his adoptive parents.
Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues (Laura Dennis; adult/nonfiction) Dennis’ anthology covers several topics, including trauma, grief, various adoption circumstances, intimacy, community, dependency, PTSD, and much more.
A Gift for Little Tree: A Parable of Apples, Adoption and Love (Colleen D.C. Marquez; juvenile/fiction) Little Tree yearns to bear apples, and with the help of a loving Farmer, is finally able to do so.
Calling Me Home (Julie Kibler; adult/fiction) Dorrie, a black hairdresser and mom, and Isabelle, a white elderly woman, deepen then friendship when Dorrie drives Isabelle to a funeral. During the journey, Isabelle reveals a scandalous relationship, a pregnancy, and the ongoing challenges of unresolved loss.
I Love You All The Same (Donna Keith; juvenile/fiction) A bear family illustrates that though siblings and parents may not resemble one another and do not have the same preferences, personalities, or talents, they are still a real family who loves one another dearly.
Breakwater Bay (Shelley Noble; adult/fiction) Meri just turns thirty and is preparing to receive a marriage proposal when she finds out she was adopted at birth. Readers follow Meri’s journey as she discovers the circumstances of her adoption, meets her biological father, and re-learns what love is.
A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story (John DeGararmo and Kelly Degarmo; juvenile/fiction) Jessie is a young girl who is placed in a foster home; she describes her feelings as she temporarily joins a new family and misses her mother.
Attaching Through Loves, Hugs, and Play: Simple Strategies to Help Build Connections With Your Child (Deborah D. Gray; adult/nonfiction) Gray, an attachment therapist, gives parents practical techniques to help foster attachment with their children.