Soon we’re going to begin sharing our adoption story, step by step! But first I thought something more lighthearted might be nice. Ever since we found these adorable books I’ve been looking forward to sharing them with you!
One thing I’ve learned in these past six months is that more and more families who choose adoption are choosing to not only tell their kids about their adoption story from the beginning, but celebrate it!
I cried the ugly cry the first time I found out that celebrating and “adoption birthday” each year is a thing. Wow! I really love the idea of it and we can’t wait to add that special day to our calendar each year. Beautiful!
One of the first things we purchased when we first started our home study sessions this past summer were some children’s books intended to teach about adoption at an early age. We quickly learned that some are better than others, like WAY better. If I can just be straight with you for a sec- a lot of the adoption books we read were either kind of boring, or kind of weird. Some of them made me question whether or not it would be appropriate for a little kid. Obviously there are some dark and very difficult things that come with adoption, but I don’t see myself reading about them to a toddler before bedtime. You know what I mean?
The other thing is that a lot of adoption books are incredibly specific. You can tell it was written FOR somebody’s kid, but not necessarily for all adopted kids. There are adoption books for domestic adoptions, for international adoptions, for older kids, for babies, for Christian families and the list goes on and on. Sometimes it can be challenging to find a book that applies perfectly (or even just “pretty well”) to your unique adoption story.
That said, we’ve already found a couple of gems that are just SO good. I thought I’d share the best of what we found so far incase you are adopting or know a family who is. These would make great gifts are are the sweetest stories. Plus- I know it might be vain- but these are pretty. I like pretty books, especially children’s books. It just matters to me.
I Wished For You This book had me sobbing. It’s about a little bear who asks his mama bear to talk about how much she wished for him. It’s my favorite and so full of love.
All Bears Need Love This book is also so sweet. It addresses multicultural adoption, but is a great story in it’s own right. The illustrations are really beautiful as well.
And the next book on my list is The Littlest Family’s Big Day. It’s new so it wasn’t out yet when I ordered these.
If you know of any other great books you can send me a DM or leave a comment on Instagram. I haven’t done much baby shopping yet (saving it!), but my Amazon wish list is almost completely kids books. I can already tell I’m going to go a little psycho. BOOKS!!!! ♥
Ok- we’ll be back soon to start sharing our story.