Thursday, July 31, 2008

Favorite Adoption Books

Laura had asked about my favorite books relating to adoption. There is such an incredible amount of information on the subject, that this is in no way a complete list, but it does include some of my top picks. If you know of one that you don't see here, that you just love, please share it!

Adoption Books For Children

A Mother for Choco

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
Did My First Mother Love Me?
Families Are Different
Motherbridge of Love
Flora's Family
The Red Thread

Adoption Books for Adults

Adopting After Infertility

Raising Adopted Children: A Manual for Adoptive Parents (the ultimate guide to adoption)
The Open Adoption Book: A Guide to Adoption Without Tears
How it Feels to Be Adopted
Are Those Kids Yours? (the bible for international families!)
Inside Transracial Adoption
Twelve-Part Harmony (one family's adoption story)
Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma
The Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption
Secret Thought of An Adoptive Mother
Adopting the Older Child
Twenty Things Adopted Children Wish Their Parents Knew
Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents

Adoption Books (Ethiopia Specific)

Notes From the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood
Talk Now! Learn Amharic--Beginning Level (yes, I know this is not a book, but it's a great CD)
Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook (this book was integral during our first few weeks with Hannah--and we still use it occasionally)
Lonely Planet Ethiopia and Eritrea
Ethiopia: The Unknown Land

And I couldn't share books about Ethiopia without a hearty endorsement for two books connected to our agency:

There is No Me Without You (written by Melissa Fay Greene-adoptive parent from our agency)
Faces of Layla (coffee table-style book, full of breathtaking photos of our agency's orphanage-Layla House)

You can find more books here, here, here, here and here.


Laura said...

Great resource, Jane! Hopefully, I will 'need' some of these in the future :)

PS what is the name of the adoption agency you use???

patjrsmom said...

Our agency is Adoption Advocates International. They're great!

Ericka said...

Ok, yet again, just right on time. I'm getting my book lists together right now and was planning a library trip TODAY!!!!!!
Can't. believe. it!!!!
Can't WAIT TO SEE PICS!!!!!!!!

darci said...

thanks so much for putting together this great book list. i am always hunting for good books..i'll be visiting :)

Michelle said...

I also highly recommend Adopting the Hurt Child by John Keck and Parenting the Hurt Child by the same author. These are excellent resources for those parenting children suffering from effects of abuse/neglect. The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis is also recommended.

For older children I recommend The Forever Child (a tale of loss & Impossible dreams) by Nancy A. Clark, MFT, The forever child (a tale of anger and fear) and The Forever Child (a tale of lies and love) all by the same author.