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

Books from this episode:

(All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

Episode 87
The Green Ember
Anne of Green Gables
Emily of New Moon (The Emily Books, Book 1)
The Sign of the Beaver
Little Men (Puffin Classics)
Listening for Lions
A Single Shard
The Story of Holly and Ivy
A Girl Of The Limberlost
In Between (A Katie Parker Production) (Volume 1)
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
Hattie Big Sky
The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale
Ember Falls (The Green Ember Series: Book 2)
Hattie Ever After
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl
Just David
Daring to Hope
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Updated and Expanded Edition)
The Little Match Girl (Picture Puffin Books)
Every Year on Your Birthday
I Don’t Have Your Eyes
Eleanor (Picture Puffins)
You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
Pollyanna Grows Up
Pollyanna (Sterling Unabridged Classics)
Maniac Magee
Ruby Holler
Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans

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