The Best Books For Pre-Schoolers on Adoption
Posted on August 23, 2014 by Jeffrey A. Kasky
Talking with your child about being adopted can be touchy, especially if you’re not comfortable with the subject. All the adoption experts agree that the earlier you can talk with your child about adoption, the better. Preschool is the age that is suggested. Know there is no right or wrong way to talk to your child about being adopted, other than it’s important to tell the truth..
Below are some resources to jumpstart your discussions:
Books For Pre-schoolers
1. Personalize Your Adoption Book With “I Wished For You” by Marianne Richmond
You can make this story your own by putting your child’s name on the cover and customizing the dedication page. It’s a great story about a mother’s unconditional love for her child.
2. Over The Moon by Karen Katz
A loving couple dreams of a baby born far away, and know that this baby is the baby they have been waiting to adopt Told in words and pictures just right for the youngest child, this is a reassuring story to share with families everywhere.
3. Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story by Yumi Heo
How many days until a little girl’s adopted sibling is brought home? Follow a little girl as she and her family prepare for the new baby that will soon be joining them. And simultaneously, watch the girl’s mother fly off to Korea, meet the new baby, and bring her home. Here is an utterly simple, sweet, and child-centric look at the adoption process through the eyes of a soon-to-be older sibling. From cutting a red paper heart and taping it above the new baby’s crib to telling her best friend about the adoption, the young narrator counts down every day and night with growing anticipation, marking them with a big X on her calendar. Unlike other adoption books which are aimed only at the adoptive child, Ten Days and Nine Nights is also perfect for older children who are about to become big sisters and brothers.
4. We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr
In a kid-friendly, accessible way, this book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family. It’s about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together.
5. My Adopted Child: There’s No One Like You by Kevin Leman II
Every child is special. And every child deserves to be recognized for what makes him or her unique. Now birth order guru, Dr. Kevin Leman, and his artist son, Kevin Leman II, offer parents the perfect way to tell their adopted child just how wonderful he or she is.
A read-to-me children’s picture book, My Adopted Child, There’s No One Like You conveys love, acceptance, and a sense of individuality to adopted children. The combination of Dr. Kevin Leman’s trademark humor and his talented son’s artwork makes this book a wonderful gift.
6. Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story by Lori Rosove
Rosie’s Family is a story about belonging in a family regardless of differences. Rosie is a beagle who was adopted by schnauzers. She feels different from the rest of her family, including her brother, who is the biological child of her parents,and sets forth many questions that children who were adopted may have.
7. Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon
This adaptation of McCutcheon’s song commemorates the day when a child joins an adoptive family. Complete with musical notation, these verses reassure adopted children they are special. On YouTube.
8. Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born by Janie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, author and illustrator of the best-selling When I Was Little: A Four Year Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, have joined together again to create a fresh new picture book for every parent and every child. In asking her parents to tell her again about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart.
9. Geoff The Green Hippo by Denise Olson
Geoff, the Green Hippo, learns that although he may not appear to be the mirror image of his family, he is surrounded with acceptance and undeniable love from a family that was meant to be his.
About The Author:
Jeffrey A. Kasky, Esq. is a Florida adoption lawyer and Vice President of One World Adoption Services, Inc., a Florida-licensed not-for-profit child placing agency. Jeff’s diverse career experiences include co-authoring the book, “99 Things You Wish You Knew Before … Choosing Adoption” with Robert A. Kasky, Florida-certified law enforcement officer, and involvement in the autism community, including a TV show focused on helping families with legal issues related to autism called “Spectrum at Law” on The Autism Channel. A practicing attorney since 1995, he has worked on more than one thousand adoption cases.