Books by Adoptees
Voices form Another Place
“A collection of works from a generation born in Korea and adopted to other countries. In the deepest recesses of memory, perhaps some clue remains, some shadowy recollection of a mother, of a land, now foreign, yet somehow vaguely familiar. They began life in Korea, but circumstances took them thousands of miles away to adoptive families in America, Europe, and Australia. From childhood they grew into their adopted cultures, but the reflection in the mirror, the whispers of strangers and the quiet beating of the heart perhaps told them of another land...seen through the eyes of a small child, felt in the language of a child's heart. The writings and works contained in this book reflect experiences of Korean adoptees They are images and words that can never be completely removed from that child in Korea. They are "Voices from Another Place." – Back cover
Wish You Happy Forever
Wish You Happy Forever chronicles Half the Sky founder Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages—and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them—from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise.
After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment to save one child. A year later, as she watched her new daughter play in the grass with her friends, thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. That very day she created Half the Sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China and one that has actually managed to fulfill its promise.
In Wish You Happy Forever, a fish out of water tale like no other, Bowen relates her struggle to bring the concept of "child nurture and responsive care" to bemused Chinese bureaucrats and how she's actually succeeding. Five years after Half the Sky's first orphanage program opened, government officials began to mention child welfare and nurturing care in public speeches. And, in 2011, at China's Great Hall of the People, Half the Sky and its government partners celebrated the launch of The Rainbow Program, a groundbreaking initiative to change the face of orphan care by training every child welfare worker in the country. Thanks to Bowen's relentless perseverance through heartbreak and a dose of humor, Half the Sky's goal to bring love the lives of forgotten children comes ever closer. -Amazon
The Lost Daughters of China
“In 1997 journalist Karin Evans walked into an orphanage in southern China and met her new daughter, a beautiful one-year-old baby girl. In this fateful moment Evans became part of a profound, increasingly common human drama that links abandoned Chinese girls with foreigners who have traveled many miles to complete their families.
At once a compelling personal narrative and an evocative portrait of contemporary China, The Lost Daughters of China has also served as an invaluable guide for thousands of readers as they navigated the process of adopting from China. However, much has changed in terms of the Chinese government?s policies on adoption since this book was originally published and in this revised and updated edition Evans addresses these developments. Also new to this edition is a riveting chapter in which she describes her return to China in 2000 to adopt her second daughter who was nearly three at the time. Many of the first girls to be adopted from China are now in the teens (China only opened its doors to adoption in the 1990s), and this edition includes accounts of their experiences growing up in the US and, in some cases, of returning to China in search of their roots.
Illuminating the real-life stories behind the statistics, The Lost Daughters of China is an unforgettable account of the red thread that winds form China?s orphanages to loving families around the globe.” -Amazon
Adoption Related Children's Books
I picked these books from having loved them as a child
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
This story of a woman who travels to China to adopt a baby girl, based on the author's own experiences, is a celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the home. - Amazon
My personal favorite picture book
"Horace is adopted. He is also spotted, and he is loved and cared for by his new mother and father--who are striped. But...Horace feels the need to search out his roots...Keller deals with a sensitive subject in a way that is perceptive but not sentimental."--Publishers Weekly.
"A first choice for those families seeking a low-key, reassuring book about adoption--and one that is fun to share as well."--Horn Book.
Family is about love no matter how different parents and children may be, adopted or not.
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.
Keiko Kasza's twist on the "Are you my mother?" theme has become one of the most highly recommended stories about adoption for children. -Amazon
Mama, Do You Love Me?
This beloved story of a child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parents love is unconditional and everlasting is a perfect first book for toddlers. -Amazon
Why I Chose You
Best-selling author Gregory E. Lang captures the essence of the dynamic relationships among adoptive families. These are families with so much love to share whom are desperate to have and/or help children. From hugs and kisses, to witnessing "firsts" together, Why I Chose You depicts all of the reasons why each child is uniquely special to his or her adoptive parent(s).
Raising a child is not a right, but a gift. It matters not from where the gift comes, but simply that it is received. Gone are the days in which adoption was taboo. It is reason for rejoicing, sharing, and celebrating. No guilt and no second guesses can creep into your heart once it is so completely filled to bursting with love.
It is that love that is celebrated within the pages of Why I Chose You. Gregory E. Lang has compiled dozens of reasons for adoption as well as capturing the adoration, affection, and mutual gratification that is received from both the parent and child. For there is no greater place than a home filled with love, and no greater gift than the smile of a happy and contented child who knows he or she is loved. -Amazon
These books have aspects of identity, cultural exploration and understanding, empowerment, etc. The featured books are suggested for readers who are interested in stories tied to different cultures.
*Note: most of the books are for mature readers due to topics/content covered in the stories below.
Articles by Adoptees
NPR interview with Tony Shellman and Victoria Rowell - Black Children in the Foster Care System