Books about Adoption

Books for Adoptive Parents:

Adoption Is a Lifelong Journey
Written by Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR; Katie Gorczyca, M.A.; and Jennifer Eckert, LICSW
Illustrated by Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR
Published by Boston Post Adoption Resources (BPAR) in 2017
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Adoption Healing… a path to recovery
By Joe Soll, LCSW
Published in 2000

Attached in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents
By Deborah D. Gray
Published in 2005

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens
By Debbie Riley, M.S., with John Meeks, M.D.
Published in 2005

Beyond Good Intentions: A Mothers Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children
By Cheri Register
Published in 2005

Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents
By Jean A.S. Strauss
Published in 1994

Building Self-Esteem in Children and Teens Who Are Adopted or Fostered
By Dr. Sue Cornbluth
Published in 2014

Building the Bonds of Attachment
By Daniel A. Hughes
Published in 1998 (now in 3rd edition – 2017)
Read BPAR’s review

Coming Home to Self
By Nancy Newton Verrier
Published in 2003

The Connected Child : Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family
By Karyn B. Purvis, Ph.D., David R. Cross, Ph.D., and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
Published in 2007

The Explosive Child
By Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
Published in 1998 (now in 5th edition – 2014)

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk
By Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Published in 2006

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption
By Elisabeth O’Toole
Published in 2011
Read BPAR’s review

Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child
By Beth O’Malley, M.Ed
Published in 2000

Lost & Found The Adoption Experience
By Betty Jean Lifton
Published in 2009

Loved by Choice: True Stories that Celebrate Adoption
By Susan Horner & Kelly Fordyce Martindale
Published in 2002

Talking with Young Children about Adoption
By Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher
Published in 1995

Telling the Truth to your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past
By Betsy Keefer & Jayne E. Schooler
Published in 2000
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The Open Adoption Experience
By Lois Ruskai Melina & Sharon Kaplan Roszia
Published in 2010

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow
By Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D. and Regina M. Kupecky, LSW
Published in 2000

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child
By Nancy Newton Verrier
Published in 2003

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
By Sherrie Eldridge
Published in 1999
Read BPAR’s review

20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed
By Sherrie Eldridge
Published in 2009

Trauma and Recovery
By Judith Herman, M.D.
Published in 1992

Two Little Girls: A Memoir of Adoption
By Teresa Reid
Published in 2007

W.I.S.E. UP Powerbook
By Marilyn Schoettle, C.A.S.E., Inc.
Published in 2000
Read BPAR’s review


Books for Birth Parents:

Any Skeletons in the Closet?
By Ann E. Fedeli
Published in 2012

Birthmark
By Lorraine Dusky
Published in 1979

Following the Tambourine Man: A Birthmother’s Memoir
By Janet Mason Ellerby
Published in 2007

I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children
Edited By Sara Dorow
Published in 1999

The Girls Who Went Away
By Ann Fessler
Published in 2007


Books for Adult Adoptees:

A Chance in the World
By Steve Pemberton
Published in 2012
Read BPAR’s review

Adoptees Come of Age
By Ronald J. Nydam
Published in 1999

After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees
By Dr. Sook Wilkinson & Nancy Fox
Published in 2002

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self
By David M. Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Marshall D. Schechter, M.D., & Robin Marantz Henig
Published in 1993

Coming Home To Self: Healing the Primal Wound
By Nancy Newton Verrier
Published in 2010

Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness
By Betty Jean Lifton
Published in 1995

Once They Hear My Name: Korean Adoptees and Their Journeys Toward Identity
By: Ellen Lee & Marilyn Lammert & Mary Anne Hess
Published in 2008

The Secret Adoption
By Thomas F. Liotti
Published in 2011


Books for Child Adoptees:

ABC Adoption & Me
By Gayle H. Swift & Casey A. Swift
Illustrated by Paul Griffin
Published in 2013

Arthur’s Baby
By Marc Brown
Published in 1987

Elmer
By David McKee
Published in 1968

Forever Fingerprints: An Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children
By Sherrie Eldridge
Illustrated by Rob Williams
Published in 2007

How Was I Adopted
By Joanna Cole
Illustrated by Maxie Chambliss
Published in 1995

Let’s Talk About It: Adoption
By Fred Rogers
Published in 1994
Read BPAR’s review

On the Day You Were Born
By Debra Fransier
Published in 2006

Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale
By Karen Katz
Published in 1997

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story
By Lori Rosove
Illustrated by Heather Burrill
Published in 2001

Tell Me a Real Adoption Story
By Betty Jean Lifton
Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola
Published in 1993
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Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
By Jamie Lee Curtis
Illustrated by Laura Cornell
Published in 1996

The Way I Feel
Written & Illustrated by Janan Cain
Published in 2000

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families
BB Todd Park
Published in 2007


Books for Teenage Adoptees:

Adopted
By Susanne Buckingham Slade
Published in 2007

Adopted Teens Only: A Survival Guide to Adolescence
By Danea Gorbett
Published in 2007

Finding Miracles
By Julia Alvarez
Published in 2006

Shadow Baby
By Alison McGhee
Published in 2013

Snowflakes: A Flurry of Adoption Stories (By, For, and About Children & Teens)
By Teresa Kelleher
Published in 2010

Pieces of Me: Who do I want to be? Voices for and by adopted teens
Edited by Robert L. Ballard
Published in 2009


Books for Transracial Adoptees:

Adopted From Asia: How It Feels to Grow Up in America
By Frances M. Koh
Published in 2013

The Book of Sarahs
By Catherine E. McKinley
Published in 2002

The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee
Susan Harris O’Connor
Published in 2012

Voices from Another Place
Edited by Susan Soon-Keum Cox
Published in 1999


Books for Self-Care and Reflection:

The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time
By Cheryl Richardson
Published in 2009

Etched in Sand
By Regina Calcaterra
Published in 2013

Gift from the Sea
By Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Published in 1955

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
By Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
Published in 2010

Simple Abundance:  A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
By Sarah Ban Breathnach
Published in 1995

The Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life
By Daniel N. Stern, M.D.
Published in 2004