Children’s books about adoption and foster care help a child better understand adoption through story.

As young children develop, they learn through experimentation, play and story. They want to understand their world and gain a sense of their own identity. How often as adults do we read a book or watch a movie and have an “aha moment?”

When you see yourself reflected in a story, you identify, relate and can process your experience through the story and characters. Parents are a child’s first and best playmates, and by being involved in play, storytelling and reading, you’re helping your child:

  • Develop language skills
  • Learn tools for self-expression and communication
  • Gain logic and thinking skills
  • Have a love for reading
  • Build nurturing bonds
  • Boost self-esteem and social-emotional development


These benefits are important for all children. And for adopted children, reading can help find answers and learn how to communicate their feelings about adoption. Ready to head to your library or bookstore? Some of our favorite children’s adoption books are:

“Yes, I’m Adopted!”

by Sharlie Zinniger

This book illustrates how adoption is brought about by love. Written from a child’s point of view, the rhyming verse takes you through an adoption journey from start to finish. “Yes, adoption makes me special, it means that I am loved…”

It is a wonderful book for explaining adoption. It talks about a birth mother’s love and how much the child’s parents wanted him and were looking for him.

“We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families”

By Todd Parr

In a kid-friendly way, this book talks about the ways people can come together to make a family. The book is about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together.

This story encourages conversation and the belief that “all kids need a safe home.” The author repeats the phrase “We belong together because . . .” throughout the story and gives explanations, such as “You needed a home and I had one to share” and “You needed someone to say ‘I love you’ and we had love to give. Now we all have someone to kiss goodnight.”

“Rosie’s Family; An adoption story”

By Lori Rosove

This story is about belonging regardless of a family’s differences. The character 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.

The book puts forth questions that adopted children may have and makes those feelings OK to talk about. The author covers adoption issues, such as inter-racial/cultural issues and birth-adoptive sibling issues. Rosie’s mother tells her, “All families are special because families are the people who will love you and take care of you.”


Author: Destiny Adoption Services

Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.