I've found a couple of great picture books in the past couple of weeks on the subject of being adopted that I've really liked and wanted to share them with you all. We don't have an adopted child in our family, but hope to someday and if that does happen, you can bet these will be two books we have on our shelves at home.
Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles is written by Darlene Friedman and illustrated by Roger Roth. It tells the story of an adorable young girl named Cassidy-Li, who is set to be Star of the Week at her elementary school, meaning she gets to bring in a poster all about herself. She includes lots of snippets about her life including her adoption from China, the first woman she met in the U.S., and her two best friends.
After completing her poster, Cassidy-Li realizes she doesn't have any pictures of her birth parents and wonders a bit about them. Where they live, if they're nice, and why they couldn't keep her. Though not able to glean any answers, Cassidy-Li does feel better after talking with her parents and doing her presentation at school.
An adorable book that does not gloss over the questions children might have, this was a winner on the subject. Great for library and home shelves.
Star of the Week: A story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles
Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story is written and illustrated by Yumi Heo and takes on adoption from a different perspective. An older sister is counting down the days and nights until her new adopted baby sister arrives from Korea. The girl helps put together new furniture, redecorates her room, practices feeding her baby doll, and every night she marks another day off the calendar in anticipation.
A really sweet story that could even be used for any sibling expecting a new baby brother or sister, not just adopted children. Aimed towards younger children, but a good resource on adoption for older children as well. Great for library or home shelves.
Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story
Schwatz & Wade