Some favorite books written for adoptive parents:

Lifegivers: Framing the Birthparent Experience in Open Adoption by James L. Gritter. This book should be required reading for all adoptive parents. The author does an excellent job empathizing with adoptive parents so they know that birth parents are regular people, just like them.

Parenting the Hurt Child by Greg Keck & Regina Kupecky. Helping your adopted child to heal and grow.

Raising Adopted Children; A Manual for Adoptive Parents by Lois Ruskai Melina. This is a parents’ guide to rearing children in an adoptive family.

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child by Holly Van Gulden and Lisa M. Bartels-Rabb. Practical advice for parents on issues their children may face, offering insight into how adopted children commonly think and feel about being adopted.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge. This collection of essays offers insight into 20 common, unspoken concerns that often affect adopted children and their parents, and offers pragmatic advice for overcoming these challenges together.

Favorite books written for children:

Did My First Mother Love Me? by Kathryn Ann Miller

Families Are Different by Nina Pellegrini

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutcheon

Horace by Holly Keller

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

You are Special by Joanna Erlan and Mary Fox Prather

The Colors of Us by Karent Katz