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Books in this category include stories about kinds of families and activities that families do, such as celebrating holidays, adopting children and communicating across generations.
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1.   A Sudden Change of Family
Written by
Mary Jane Auch
After learning she was adopted, a young girl's mother seeks her "real" family.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
2.   Abby
Jeannette Franklin Caines (Author), Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
A young girl recalls her adoption by looking through her baby pictures and asking her mother and brother questions.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
3.   Adoption Is For Always
Judith Friedman (Illustrator), Linda Walvoord Girard (Author)
An adopted girl is helped by her new parents to understand that there are all kinds of families.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   All Families Are Different
Sol Gordon (Author), Vivien Cohen (Illustrator)
This nonfiction picture book reassures students that there is no such thing as "normal" when it comes to families, and that family differences should be celebrated. The author touches upon a wide range of family differences and issues including adoption, multiracial families, foster care, religion and same sex headed families.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
5.   And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson (Author), Peter Parnell (Author), Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Based on a true-life penguin family living in New York City's Central Park Zoo, this is the story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins that cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples. When all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too, and bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest to care for. A watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing. A daughter, Tango, arrives soon after and the three can still be seen at the zoo today.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
6.   Carolyn's Story: A Book About an Adopted Girl
Written and Photographed by
Perry Schwartz
The story of nine-year old Carolyn, who was adopted from Honduras when she was a baby, told in her own words, illustrated with photographs.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
7.   Dounia
Written by
Natacha Karvoskaia
A child who is traveling from a foreign country has many questions for her adoptive parents but is too afraid to ask.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
8.   Families Are Different
Written and Illustrated by
Nina Pellegrini
An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
9.   Felicia's Favorite Story
Leslea Newman (Author), Adriana Romo (Illustrator)
Felicia’s favorite bedtime story is about how she was adopted by her two mothers from Guatemala.
[Grade Level: K - 2]
10.   Guji Guji
Written and Illustrated by
Chih-Yuan Chen
Out of an egg that has rolled into Mother Duck's nest hatches a crocodile, Guji Guji, who happily grows up as a duck along with his "brothers," Crayon, Zebra and Moonlight, and only slowly figures out how different he is. Despite their differences, Mother loves all her offspring—even her adopted Guji Guji—the same When three duck-hungry crocodiles make fun of Guji Guji's ways and try to tempt him into betraying his family, he learns a lesson about appreciating families and differences.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
11.   How My Family Came to Be - Daddy, Papa and Me
Andrew R. Aldrich (Author), Mike Motz (Illustrator)
Features a young African-American boy who tells the story of how he was adopted by his two gay fathers when his birth mother became too sick to care for him. He describes his life with his parents, his grandmother, his friends, his teacher, and all the other people who love him and make his life special.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
12.   I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
Rose Lewis (Author), Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl. Based on the author's own experiences.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
13.   Kimchi and Calamari
Written by
Rose Kent
When his eighth-grade class is assigned to write about their ancestors' journey to America, Joseph Calderaro has a problem. Joseph was adopted from Korea and his parents are raising him in their Italian-American tradition. Though his favorite foods are calamari and eggplant parmesan, Joseph begins to wonder about his Korean heritage. His parents have no information to share and, frustrated, Joseph makes something up, passing off a famous Korean athlete as his grandfather. After his essay is chosen for submission to a national contest, Joseph must come clean.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
14.   King and King and Family
Stern Nijland (Author), Linda de Haan (Author)
by Linda de Haan, Stern Nijland In this sequel to King & King—in which lonely Prince Bertie rejects five fairy-tale princesses and marries a handsome prince—newlywed Kings Bertie and Lee go on a tropical honeymoon. Enamored by the animal families they see in the jungle, they wish for a little one of their own. Before long, they have a strange feeling that something is following them and, upon returning home, they discover a stowaway in their suitcase—a young girl from the jungle, whom they joyfully adopt.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
15.   Lucy's Family Tree
Written by
Karen Halvorsen Schreck
An adopted schoolgirl struggles with her feelings when assigned by her teacher to construct a family tree.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
16.   Meow Means Mischief
Ann Whitehead Nagda (Author), Stephanie Roth (Illustrator)
A young girl describes her move to a new neighborhood, the arrival of her not-so-favorite grandparents from India, and her adoption of a stray kitten.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
17.   Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story
Shawn Costello Brownell (Illustrator), Carol Antoinette Peacock (Author)
A young girl, who was born in China, describes the family that adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings about her unknown birth mother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
18.   Mother for Choco
Written and Illustrated by
Keiko Kasza
Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn't even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she's his mother—but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And when she brings him home, he meets her other children—a piglet, a hippo, and an alligator—and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
19.   Our Baby from China: An Adoption Story
Written by
Nancy D’Antonio
An American couple goes to China to adopt a baby.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
20.   Tall Boy's Journey
Joanna Halpert Kraus (Author), Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
A young boy must leave his home in Korea to come live with his adoptive parents in the United States, a country he finds strange and uncomfortable.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
21.   The Best Single Mom in the World
Written by
Mary Zisk
A girl tells how her mother decided to become a single parent and traveled overseas to adopt her and describes their happy life as a family.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
22.   The Rainmakers
Written and Illustrated by
E. J. Bird
The adventures of Cricket and his grandfather provide a glimpse into the lives of the Anasazi.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
23.   We Wanted You
Liz Rosenberg (Author), Peter Catalanotto (Illustrator)
The loving voices of a child's parents tell the story of an adoption, from waiting to meet the baby for the first time through the growth of a family.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
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