Adoptee-Themed Books for Kids:

…They are a rare and wonderful find. Here are two:

Indiana adoption authors and advocates. Pam Kroskee and Marcie Keithley have written a delightful, insightful and uplifting children’s picture book called Frankie and Friends Talk Adoption. It is worded on an early reader level (pre-K-2nd) but can be appreciated by anyone who wishes to understand what being adopted might feel like for a child or an adoptee at any age.

I am particularly impressed by how aspects of being adopted, such as, not looking like other family members, curiosity about your birth story, separation worries, etc. are addressed with a question. For example, “When I look in the mirror, I wonder who I look like. Do you ever wonder who you look like?” It’s as though there could be an accompanying workbook or activity sheet to supplement questions and thoughts introduced within the book. I am also impressed and pleased by affirming statements like, “If you do, that’s okay!

This book lays out many adoptees’ concerns at all ages but keeps the focus full of acceptance and positivity. The language is simple but meaningful, direct yet compassionate. Kudos as well to the illustrator, Josh Allen, whose drawings are vivid, colorful and kid-friendly.

This is a great storybook for adoptive parents, elementary educators, child counselors and anyone interested in the adoptee point of view.

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Jack & Emma’s -adoptee- Journey is another kids’ book written by an adoptee, author, and advocate, Pam Kroksie. This book is designed for a reading and comprehension level of K-5 and beyond. Jack & Emma’s -adoptee- Journey addresses unique perspectives and concerns adopted kids frequently think about but sometimes feel awkward discussing because they lack understanding peers or parents who can relate or because they have little to no access to adoption focused counselors.

Concerns addressed in this book range from Who do I look like, Why does my birthday feel confusing? to What happened to cause my adoption?” Brief explanations and reflections to some adoptees’ feelings and questions are provided in information boxes with each scenario.

This is a useful resource book for educators at many levels, adoptive parents and even adoptees themselves because it is written by a fellow adopted person.

The tone in this book is realistic, positive and hopeful. The illustrations by Ashleigh McGill are bold, colorful and carefully detailed.

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