In today’s episode of the podcast, we’re sharing books about adoption.

Some are picture books, some are YA– and we’ve got a little something for everyone in between. These are books that will help your family celebrate the adopted children in your life.

Brooke Cooney has made it her mission to share books about orphaned children, fostering and adoption.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • about books for families who are waiting to bring their child home
  • books that help adopted kids to feel understood and see themselves reflected in the pages
  • tons of suggestions from picture books, to books for teens, to books for parents

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  • 2:08 Meet Brooke
  • 5:10 Books for the adoption/fostering journey
  • 8:44 Celebrating Adoption
  • 11:04 Helping adopted children feel understood
  • 13:51 Brooke’s book recommendations
  • 20:36 Middle grade and chapter book recommendations
  • 27:42 Book suggestions for teens
  • 31:02 Encouragement for families who hope to adopt
  • 33:45 Let the kids speak

A couple takeaways …

  • “This idea came from Rudine Sims Bishops– she wrote an article about how children need books that are windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. Windows, in that they allow you to peek into the life of someone else that lives very differently than you do … And then also mirrors, in that you need to see your own life reflected back at you. A child feels deep kinship with the character in a book who they can relate with, and they see their lives reflected back at them. And, also sliding glass doors, which is more like the idea of going through fantasy or seeing a whole new world, or seeing things from a completely different paradigm.” -Sarah Mackenzie
  • “For children like myself who had that passion (for adoption) we can fan that flame for them and guide them in that direction from an early age, that they can even be doing things now that change the world by just helping their kids that they know of at church who’ve been adopted, or they go to school—those at school, befriending them and loving them for who they are not because of their situation but just the person that they are.” -Brooke Cooney

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Episode 87
The Green Ember

The Green Ember

FROM SARAH:

A Read-Aloud Revival community favorite. Rabbits with Swords! This story will inspire heroic virtue in your children (and who knows... maybe you too!). This is first in a truly wonderful fantasy series. Your kids can meet author S.D. Smith at his Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

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Corduroy

Corduroy

$6.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER

2018 marks Corduroy’s 50th anniversary, and Don Freeman’s classic character is even more popular today than he was when he first came on the scene. Now his original story is available in an unabridged, sturdy board book format, perfect for even the youngest readers.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The Cuthberts are expecting a boy to help work on their farm, Green Gables. Instead, they get “Anne with an e,” who will surely win girls’ hearts with her spunky personality and big imagination.

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Emily of New Moon (The Emily Books, Book 1)

Emily of New Moon (The Emily Books, Book 1)

When Emily’s father dies, her mother’s relatives take her to live at New Moon Farm, where she deals with snobby relatives and cruel classmates. Will Emily ever feel at home again?

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The Sign of the Beaver

The Sign of the Beaver

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

When 13-year-old Matt means a boy from the Beaver clan, he begins to understand more about living in the wilderness in the 1700s. A Newberry Honor winner.

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The BFG

The BFG

$7.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Sophie and BFG (a bone-crunching giant) are the only ones who can save the children of England, but they’ll have to battle a lot of mean giants to keeps everyone safe.

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Little Men (Puffin Classics)

Little Men (Puffin Classics)

FROM SARAH

Jo of Little Women fame is all grown up and has started a school. Homeschoolers might find some tips and ideas in this sweet sequel.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

In the treasured follow-up to Little Women, Jo March returns as a mother of two sons and schoolmaster to twelve orphans. Now Jo Bhaer, literature’s beloved heroine has transformed Plumfield, the decorous New England estate of the March sisters’ youth, into a progressive school.

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Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions

$6.99

**Description from Amazon: "If you are among evil people, you must be like the lion, gathering strength and awaiting your time."Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents, she is left vulnerable prey to her family's wicked neighbors. Surrounded by greed and l...

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Freckles

Freckles

$9.99

**Description from Amazon: This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.

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A Single Shard
The Story of Holly and Ivy

The Story of Holly and Ivy

Best for all ages. A classic! One to buy for your own shelves.

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Hattie Ever After

Hattie Ever After

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice.

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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

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A Girl Of The Limberlost

A Girl Of The Limberlost

$6.95

**Description from Amazon: The novel is set in Indiana. Most of the action takes place either in or around the Limberlost Swamp, or in the nearby town of Onabasha. The novel's heroine Elnora Comstock is a poor girl who lives with her widowed mother Katharine Comstock on the edge of the Limberlost Swamp. At the beginning of t...

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In Between (A Katie Parker Production) (Volume 1)

In Between (A Katie Parker Production) (Volume 1)

$10.83
Author:
Series: Episodes, 087, Book 1
Tags: Episode 52, Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: Originally published in 2007. Can we overcome our past? Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent...

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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

This remarkable (and short) read-aloud is based on the true story of Salva, one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, who covered the African continent on foot while searching for their families and safe harbor. Harrowing and heart-wrenching, this one leaves your heart aching with hope and wonder. Your kids can meet author Linda Sue Park at her Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Hattie Big Sky

Hattie Big Sky

**Description from Amazon: This Newbery Honor winning, New York Times bestseller celebrates the true spirit of independence on the American frontier.For most of her life, sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks has been shuttled from one distant relative to another. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she summons the courage to lea...

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I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes

$18.00
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: This story of a woman who travels to China to adopt a baby girl, based on the author's own experiences, is a celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the home. Full color.

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The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale

The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale

$16.99
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: A king and queen should be full of joy and contentment, but they both feel a strange pain that worsens every day. Then a peddler's magic spectacles reveal a red thread pulling at each of their hearts. The king and queen know they must follow the thread.

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You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

FROM SARAH:

I gained a tremendous amount of wisdom from this highly readable book, and so did my oldest daughter. An ideal graduation gift. I'd recommend it for ages 14+, I tihink.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

From one of the world’s most celebrated and admired public figures, a wise and intimate book on how to get the most of out life. Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight.

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Ember Falls (The Green Ember Series: Book 2)

Ember Falls (The Green Ember Series: Book 2)

$14.95

**Description from Amazon: The stage is set. It's war. Morbin Blackhawk, slaver and tyrant, threatens to destroy the rabbit resistance forever. Heather and Picket are two young rabbits improbably thrust into pivotal roles. The fragile alliance forged around the young heir seems certain to fail. Can Heather and Picket help res...

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Echo

Echo

This one is best on audio, and oh, what an exquisite audio book it is! The story is told in three parts—Friedrich, a Germany boy on the wrong side of the Nazi Party during World War II; Mike and Frankie, who dream of living with a real family of their own; Ivy, an immigrant in California during the 1940s. The stories are woven together in a truly magnificent masterpiece. I've read it twice, and both times were equally moving. Highly recommended.

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Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

$15.99
Author:
Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: The New York Times bestselling account of a courageous eighteen-year-old from Nashville who gave up every comfort and convenience to become the adoptive mother to thirteen girls in Uganda.What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to ...

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Daring to Hope

Daring to Hope

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Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: How do you hold on to hope when you don’t get the ending you asked for?When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people sh...

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Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl

Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl

$5.99

**Description from Amazon: A lyrical adaptation of the writings of Opal Whiteley, a young girl growing up in the early twentieth century, describes Opal's love of nature and her life in an Oregon lumber camp at the turn of the century. Reprint.

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Just David

Just David

$9.99
Author:
Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.

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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

$15.99
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a pas...

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Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Updated and Expanded Edition)

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Updated and Expanded Edition)

$18.99
Author:
Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: The doctrine of adoption—God’s decision to adopt sinful men and women into his family—stands at the heart of Christianity. In light of this, Christians’ efforts to adopt beautifully illustrate the truth of the gospel. In this popular-level and practical manifesto, Russell Moore encourages Ch...

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The Little Match Girl (Picture Puffin Books)

The Little Match Girl (Picture Puffin Books)

$7.99

**Description from Amazon: The luminous art of three-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney transforms the nineteenth-century Danish girl of Andersen's tale into a child plucked straight from America's melting pot, shedding new light on the invisibility of the poor among the prosperous-a circumstance as familiar in Ande...

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Every Year on Your Birthday

Every Year on Your Birthday

$16.99
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: In I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, Rose Lewis and Jane Dyer told the heartfelt story of one woman's adoption a baby girl from China. These sentiments are brought to life again in this touching portrait of birthday celebrations and unforgettable moments between a mother and her little girl: from joyous ...

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I Don’t Have Your Eyes

I Don’t Have Your Eyes

$17.95
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: I Don't Have Your Eyes... but I have your way of looking at things. This begins beautifully illustrated and uplifting book that help to create the intimate parent/caregiver and child bond that is so important within a family. While others may notice the physical differences, there are so many ways w...

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Eleanor (Picture Puffins)

Eleanor (Picture Puffins)

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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: Though she came from a wealthy and privileged family, Eleanor Roosevelt grew up in a cheerless household that left her lonely and shy. Years passed before Eleanor began to discover in herself the qualities of intelligence, compassion, and strength that made her a remarkable woman. In Eleanor, two-ti...

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Pollyanna Grows Up

Pollyanna Grows Up

$3.95
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: Eleanor H. Porter's classic sequel to her adored novel, "Pollyanna". In "Pollyanna Grows Up", the maturing Pollyanna teaches her "Glad Game" to more of the townspeople and makes new friends, including Sadie and Jamie. When Pollyanna and her Aunt must support themselves following the death of Dr. Chi...

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Pollyanna (Sterling Unabridged Classics)

Pollyanna (Sterling Unabridged Classics)

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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: Chatty, idealistic Pollyanna can always find something to be glad about. Even when the newly orphaned girl has to live with her cold, unloving Aunt Polly, she remains full of hope and joy. But then a horrible accident leaves her crippled—and it may finally be too much for Pollyanna to bear. Will a...

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Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs. Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and ...

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Ruby Holler

Ruby Holler

$6.99
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: From Sharon Creech, the Newbery Medal winning author of Walk Two Moons, comes a heartwarming adventure about finding family, and a home, when you least expect it.Ruby Holler is a Carnegie Medal-winning novel, and with its quirky protagonists and exciting journey, captures the imaginations of readers...

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Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans

Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans

$4.99
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Series: Episodes, 087
Tag: Episode 87

**Description from Amazon: In this heartwarming collection of nineteen short  stories L.M. Montgomery returns to the enchanting  shores of beautiful Prince Edward Island to tell  about orphans much like Anne of Green Gables --  vulnerable, sensitive, and full of hope and courage.  There's the lonely young girl on a ...

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