Suggestions from Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Picture books for children in preschool—second grade
Unless otherwise noted, all books may be found in
the picture book section under the author’s last name.
Mishka : an adoption tale / Adrienne Ehlert Bashista
A teddy bear takes a trip to Russia to meet his new owner, Yuri,
a Russian boy waiting to be adopted.
A family for Jamie : an adoption story / Suzanne Bloom
Dan and Molly adopt Jamie and share their lives with him.
Jin Woo / Eve Bunting
Davey is unsure about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents love both him and his new brother, he decides that having a baby brother will be fine.
My family is forever / Nancy Carlson
A girl recounts how she came to be part of an adoptive family.
Sisters / Judith Caseley.
When Melissa's parents adopt Kika from another country, the two girls learn about being sisters.
Tell me again about the night I was born / Jamie Lee Curtis
A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.
An American face / Jan M. Czech
Adopted from Korea by American parents, Jessie excitedly waits for the day he will get his American citizenship and, he thinks, an American face. (paperback - j E-pb C)
The coffee can kid / Jan M. Czech
Six-year-old Annie asks the father who adopted her to once more tell the story of how she came to America from Korea. (paperback -j E-pb C)
A new Barker in the house / Tomie dePaola
Twins are excited when they hear that their family is adopting a three-year-old Hispanic boy.
Katie-Bo : an adoption story / Iris L. Fisher
A soon-to-be brother tells the story of the adoption of his Korean baby sister.
Adoption is for always / Linda Walvoord Girard
Celia’s loving parents help her accept her insecure and angry feelings about being adopted by making her adoption day a family holiday. (also paperback, j E-pb G)
Pinky and Rex and the new baby / James Howe
When Rex starts spending all her time with the baby her family has adopted, her neighbor Pinky fears that he has lost her friendship. (older fiction - j HOWE - grades K – 3)
Over the moon : an adoption tale / Karen Katz
A loving couple dreams of a baby born far away and knows that this is the baby they have been waiting to adopt.
Horace / Holly Keller
Horace, an adopted child, realizes that being part of a family depends on how you feel and not how you look.
The day we met you / Phoebe Koehler
Mom and Dad recount the exciting day when they adopted their baby.
Bringing Asha home / Uma Krishnaswami
Eight-year-old Arun cannot wait to meet his new baby sister from India.
Beginnings : how families come to be / Virginia Kroll
Parents and children discuss how their different families came to be.
Megan's birthday tree : a story about open adoption / Laurie Lears
Megan worries that her birth mother will forget her.
Every year on your birthday / Rose Lewis
Each year on the birthday of her adopted Chinese daughter, a mother recalls the moments they have shared.
I love you like crazy cakes / Rose Lewis
A woman describes how she went to China to adopt a special baby girl.
Tell me a real adoption story / Betty Jean Lifton
A parent tells an adopted child about coming to the family.
The red thread : an adoption fairy tale / Grace Lin
An adoption story based on the ancient Chinese belief that an invisible,
unbreakable red thread connects all those who are destined to be together.
Emma's yucky brother /Jean Little
Emma finds out how hard it is to be a big sister when her family adopts a four-year-old boy named Max. (beginning reader - j Er LITTLE)
A koala for Katie : an adoption story / Jonathan London
Katie gets a special present that helps her realize how much her
adoptive parents love her.
My real family / Emily Arnold McCully
Sarah runs away to find her "real parents."
Happy Adoption Day! / John McCutcheon
Parents celebrate the day on which they adopted their child.
Did my first mother love me? / Kathryn Ann Miller
Morgan's adoptive mother reassures her that she is loved by reading
a letter written by her birthmother.
Pablo's tree / Pat Mora
Every year, a Mexican-American boy’s grandfather decorates the tree he planted on the day the boy was adopted.
The White Swan express / Jean Davies Okimoto
Across North America, people in four different homes prepare for a
special trip to China, while four baby girls in China await their
new adoptive parents.
We belong together : a book about adoption and families / Todd Parr
The joys of adoption and bringing families together.
Mommy far, Mommy near / Carol Antoinette Peacock
Elizabeth describes the family who adopted her and tries to sort out
her feelings for her unknown Chinese mother.
Families are different / Nina Pellegrini.
An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different
types of families.
Adoption / Fred Rogers
Mr. Rogers discusses what it means to be part of a family and examines
some feelings that adopted children may have.
We wanted you / Liz Rosenberg
Parents tell how they waited and prepared for the child that
they wanted so much.
The little green goose / Adele Sansone
Mr. Goose finds an abandoned egg, hatches it, and raises a peculiar
green-skinned long-tailed chick, who knows that he has a loving parent
even they do not look alike.
Allison / Allen Say
When Allison realizes that she looks more like her favorite doll than like her parents, she comes to terms with this unwelcome discovery through the help of a stray cat.
Waiting for May / Janet Morgan Stoeke
A boy looks forward to the day when a new sister from China
will join his family.
Rebecca's journey home / Brynn Olenberg Sugarman
The Stein family adopt a baby girl from Vietnam.
The red blanket / Eliza Thomas
Tells the story of a single woman who goes to China to adopt a baby.
Through moon and stars and night skies / Ann Turner
An adopted boy remembers how unfamiliar and frightening some of the things were in his new, foreign home, before he accepted the love to be found there.
The chosen baby / Valentina P. Wasson
A loving couple adopt a boy and later a girl.
The boat in the tree / Tim Wynne-Jones
When they find a boat in a tree, two brothers- one adopted- finally become friends and playmates.
My Mei Mei / Ed Young
Antonia’s parents return to China to bring home a Mei Mei, or younger sister, for her.
Look for non-fiction titles about adoption under
the call number j 362.734.
Look for these and other great books in
The Children's Library
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228-2252
412/531-1913 - 4/08