I’m an avid reader and probably have too many books in my house, but there are worse things to collect…right? I thought I’d pull together some of the books that I have read (or purchased with the intent of reading) over the years that focus on adoption. Just writing out this list made me realize how many books I have in my house focused on adoption.
Feel free to let me know if there are other books that should be added to this list. I’m sure I forgot one or two that are sitting on my bookcase with a thin coating of dust. I’ll add them when I find them.
A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home by Steve Pemberton – (I originally found out about this book through the Boston College Facebook page and figured there’s no harm in reading a book by a fellow BC grad. This book moved me! It’s that simple yet complex. It’s a beautiful story and if there’s only one book you read this year, make it this one. It’ll give you hope, love, and a true understanding of determination.)
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan Savage (I read this as one of my first required reading adoption books for my first agency and I shouldn’t have. It gives almost an unrealistic expectation of what to expect and how quickly things happen. I say almost, because this is his story and it’s true, but it can set you up for an unrealistic timeline.)
The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Newton Verrier (I haven’t read this one yet but my cousin says it’s a must read for any adoptive parent. It’s on my nightstand!)
In on It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption by Elisabeth O’Toole
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb
I Wished for You: an Adoption Story by Mairann Richmond
We Belong Together by Todd Parr
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell