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Fostering and adoption

Written by · Published Jun 5, 2018

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The Most Precious Present in the World, by Becky Edwards & Louise Comfort

“Taking the form of a dialogue between a little girl called Mia and her adoptive mother, this book explores questions that might preoccupy an adopted child. Mia wants to know why she looks different to her adoptive parents and why her birth parents didn’t want to keep her.”

We Belong Together, by Todd Parr

“We belong together because… “You needed a home I had one to share Now we are a family.”

“Author/illustrator Todd Parr approaches this challenging matter with humour and sensitivity through his bold and colourful illustrations and unique reassuring messages.”

The Nanny Goat’s Kid, by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

“There was once a Nanny Goat who wanted kids more than anything in the world, but she couldn’t have any of her own. Adopting seems like the perfect solution, but the kid she adopts is different to the others. In fact, he’s a tiger cub! But the Nanny Goat doesn’t care.”

We Are Fostering, by Jean Camis

“Based on the principles of life story work, this workbook will help birth children to know themselves, their history and their role in the family, and prepare them to welcome new arrivals into their homes and lives.”

Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

“A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.”

Welcome to the Family, by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

“This book takes one element of The Great Big Book of Families, the arrival of new members into a family, and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex families and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family.”

Nutmeg Gets a Little Sister, by Jufith Foxon

“Family relationships can be particularly complicated for adopted children, and the diverse mix can often lead to uncertainty, confusion and, if a new child is joining the family, a need to re-negotiate family roles. This is a story for adopted children exploring some of the problems and concerns surrounding sibling adoption.

“Designed to be read to or with children by their own social worker, their current carers or adoptive parents, this book will encourage children from a wide age range to explore their feelings about their own circumstances and situations.”

Snowflakes, by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson

“Mia has come to live with her Grandma in a land of forests and snow. It isn’t at all like her old life in the city, and at first she feels very different from the new children she sees. But when she watches the snow falling around her one night, Mia realises that she is just like one of the snowflakes - unique and perfect in her own way.”

A Safe Place for Rufus, by Jill Seeney and Rachel Fuller

“Rufus the cat lives with a family who looks after him, feeds him and gives him lots of cuddles. He feels happy and safe, especially when he is lying on his favourite cushion.

“But he didn’t always feel this way. The family that Rufus used to live with were not kind to him at all and he struggles to escape from his bad memories.”

And Then You Arrived and We Became a Family, by Anette Hildebrandt & Almud Kunert

“An affectionate story which tells of the special situation of adoption in a very sensitive way.”

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell & Henry Cole

“Based on a true story, this charming and heart-warming tale proves that all you need to make a family is love.”

I’ve Loved You Since Forever, by Hoda Kotb & Suzie Mason

“This beautiful picture book is inspired by Hoda Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl. With Kotb’s lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again.”

Josh and Jaz have Three Mums, by Hedi Argent & Amanda Wood

“This book for young children aged five to eight helps to explain the diversity and difference of family groups, and encourages an understanding and appreciation of same-sex parents.

“Will Josh and Jaz’s class laugh because they live with two mums and what will they say about their birth parents? They want to be like everyone else and have just one mum and dad.

“Mummy Sue and Mummy Fran help Josh and Jaz to understand that every family tree will tell a different story and that life would be boring if they were all the same. Working together, they produce a family tree that Josh and Jaz are truly proud of and one that wins the admiration of all their classmates.”

Heather has Two Mummies, by Lesléa Newman & Laura Cornell

“Heather’s favourite number is two - she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two lovely mummies. But when Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy - and Heather doesn’t have a daddy! But then the class all draw portraits of their families, and not one single drawing is the same. Heather and her classmates realise - it doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the most important thing is that all the people in it love one another very much.”

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

I work for the Suffolk Libraries stock team. I also write children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Visit my website.