An-Ya and her Diary by Diane René Christian (ages 9+) is the story of a pre-teen child adopted from China. It tackles issues of adoptee loss, race and challenges along the attachment journey. The novel is told in diary format and chronicles 'An-Ya' as she transitions from life in a Chinese orphanage to life in the United States. It is suitable for tweens/teens and adults.
Favorite Stories: A Treasury of Folktales from China, Japan, Korea,
India, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia by
David Conger, Patrick Yee, Marian Davies Toth, and Kay Lyons (ages
4-8). A collection of 13 stories from several Asian countries.
Note: a bear's violent death is depicted in one of the
I Love You Like Crazy
Cakes by Rose A. Lewis (ages 4-8) is based on Lewis's adoption
of her daughter. It starts with a letter to Chinese officials and
ends with Lewis taking her new daughter back to America to meet her
new family. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes is full of
beautiful illustrations and offers abundant reassurances of love to
Arthur: Big Brother
Binky is a fantastic DVD on international adoption. Arthur's
best friend, Binky, is about to become a big brother. His parents
are adopting a baby from China. I just love this
Three Names of Me
by Mary Cummings (ages 8-11) This is a sweet story told from the
perspective of a girl adopted from China. The title derives from
her explanation of why she has three names (one unknown from her
birth parents, one from the orphanage, and one from her parents).
The emphasis in on the love between parent and child, but it also
addresses the love between birth mother/first mother and
Finding Joy by Marion Coste (ages 5-8). This book explain the
reason why baby girls are abandoned in China in a non judegemental
way. The book also talks about the joys and concern of the
prospective adoptive parents. The watercolor illustrations are
The Jade Dragon by Carolyn Marsden and Virginia Shin-Mui Loh
(ages 8-12). This is a fairly easy to read chapter book about two
Chinese American girls. One girl was born in America to Chinese
immigrants and the other girl was born in China and adopted by an
American family. The girls are in second grade so I think it would
be appropriate for 8 year olds rather than waiting until the
suggested age of 9. After some initial reluctance the girls become
friends and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be
Before I Met You: A Therapeutic Pre-Adoption
Narrative Designed for Children Adopted from China
by Doris A. Landry. This book
addresses China’s "one-child policy" and the resulting
abandonment of infants in a child-appropriate manner. Make sure you
read it before you read it with your child.
- Kids Like Me in China by Ying Ying Fry. This book is written by an eight year old who returned to visit the orphanage she lived in.
Great pictures and story.
magazine for Chinese adopted girls (ages 7+). This looks
My China Workbook by Beth O'Malley
(ages 6-10) An interactive tool redesigned for school-age children to
help t hem explore what it means to be adopted.
The White Swan Express: A Story about
Adoption by Jean Okimoto and Elaine Aoki (ages 4-8). Tells the
Chinese adoption story of both couples and
I Don’t Have Your Eyes by
Carrie Kitze (ages 2-5).
The Red Blanket by Eliza Thomas
(ages 2-6). Single mom adopting little girl from
Mommy Far, Mommy Near-An Adoption Story
by Carol Peacock (ages 3-8). Great conversation starter to talk
about birth mothers.
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose
Lewis (ages 4-8). Story of a single mom adopting from
When You Were Born in China by Sara
Dorow (ages 6-teens). Photo essay of a Chinese
At Home in This World, A China Adoption
Story by Jean MacLeod (ages 4-10).
Home by Susan Lindsley and Tina Christiansen (ages 3-6). When
this book arrived in the mail, my 13-year-old daughter picked it up
to read while I was cooking dinner. "Aww, this is so sweet" was her
assessment, and I agree. This sweet book tells the story of how two
little pandas in a Chinese orphanage find their forever families.
The bright watercolor illustrations are
See the Moon by Carrie Kitze (ages 4-8). Wonderful book to open the
birthparent and adoption dialog between parent and child. This is a
story written from the child's perspective, asking the questions
that dwell in their hearts about their birthparents...What do you
look like? Where are you now? Do you think of me? It will help
children use the moon as a private tool to connect with a family
that is always with them in their