As a topic, adoption has many different facets. Some people adopt infants and need help figuring the best way to explain adoption. Others bring home older kids who already know what it means to be adopted, but whose communities still have some things to learn.
We tried to put together a list of books that would reach everyone in the adoption community, and know there are plenty more wonderful books out there! Don’t see one of your favorites on our list? Make sure to leave your recommendations in the comments to this post!
- “A Mother for Choco” by Keiko Kasza
- “Elfa and the Box of Memories” by Michelle Bell
- “I Don’t Have Your Eyes” by Carrie A. Kitze
- “Sweet Moon Baby” by Karen Henry Clark
- “Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born” by Jamie Lee Curtis
- “The Day We Met You” by Phoebe Koehler
- “We Belong Together” by Todd Parr
- “The Mulberry Bird” by Anne Brodzinsky
- “Moonlight Memoirs: Remembering that Family and Friends are Forever” by Maggie Mei Lewis
- “Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me)” by Suzanne Buckingham Slade
- “Three Little Words: A Memoir” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
- “Returnable Girl” by Pamela Lowell
- “The Face in My Mirror” by Maureen Wartski
- “Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents” by Deborah D. Gray
- “Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play: Simple Strategies to Help Build Connections with Your Child” by Deborah D. Gray
- “In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends” by Elisabeth O’Toole
- “Parenting Adopted Teenagers: Advice for the Adolescent Years” by Rachel Staff
- “Big Steps for Little People: Parenting Your Adopted Child” by Celia Foster
- “Attachment-Focused Parenting” by Daniel Hughes
- “Brothers and Sisters in Adoption” by Arleta James
LGBT Adoptive Families
- “Daddy, Papa, and Me” by Leslea Newman
- “Mommy, Mommy, and Me” by Leslea Newman
- “In Our Mothers’ House” by Patricia Polacco
- “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Interview with Maggie Mei Lewis, AT Adoptee & Author
When writing this post, we spoke to Maggie Mei Lewis, the author of Moonlight Memoirs, who herself was adopted with the help of Adoptions Together. When Maggie was just 13, she decided to write a book. We spoke to her about her experiences!
What inspired you to write Moonlight Memoirs? I was inspired to write Moonlight Memoirs after some loved ones in my life passed away. As a child I grew up with lots of pets and animal friends and would grow and learn with them, and many passed on. I wanted to create a book that could help comfort others going through these type of experiences as well by passing on a comforting message to them about their loved ones that have passed on. Grief is always a hard subject to write about and many of the other books out there discuss the passing of a loved one in a very negative or sad light. I wanted to create a positive message that focuses on love rather than loss because I think other people need that message of love. The responses that I have received after writing the book have been amazing. Knowing that my message and story helped others through these types of hard situations makes me feel happy that I could share something with my community.
How does Moonlight Memoirs relate to your own experience as an adoptee? As an adoptee, writing Moonlight Memoirs allowed for me to delve a bit into my feelings of adoption and the idea of love within a family. I was adopted from China when I was nine months old, so I do not remember too much about the adoption process, but I get to live with the wonderful people who adopted me. I am thankful for my family that adopted me and how much time, effort and love they have put into raising me into an adult. Moonlight Memoirs talks about the eternal nature of love and how no matter what happens to beings around you, that their love is eternal and will always be with you.
Do you have any advice for any young people who want to pursue their creative dreams? I believe that it is important to follow your dreams and be able to share your talents and creativity with the community around you. If you work hard, and put your best effort in you can come closer to making your dreams your reality. Talk to your friends and family around you about story ideas, artwork and your creative products. Sometimes they might know someone who can help you share your art with your community.
It’s been a few years since Moonlight Memoirs came out. What are you doing now? I just graduated college this spring with Bachelor’s degree in studio art and a minor in art history. I am now the business owner of my art business Miniature Inspirations, as well as a full time art teacher at a private school teaching grades K-8th. In my free time I book sign, and sell my art at festivals and shows.
Is there anything else that you’d like to add? Anything is possible if you work hard and put your mind to it. One thing I remind myself of is that if something is meant to happen, it will.
Thanks to Maggie for sharing her story with us! Do you have any adoption related books that you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments!