Ready, Set, READ!

Ready, Set, READ!

March is National Reading Month. While some children don’t need an extra incentive to read, others can take advantage of this time to create a new habit. It is great to take time to read with your children and to encourage them to read on their own when they are able.

It is great to take time to read with your children and to encourage them to read on their own when they are able to.

Reading together can be a great way to start a conversation. This can be about potentially difficult topics or just to have a continued open door to talk about your child’s story and experience. When you read a book with your child you can ask questions about what the characters may be thinking or how they might be feeling. This can give you a window into what your child maybe thinking as well.

Reading together can be a great way to start a conversation.

This resource list has many great books related to adoption, transracial adoption, race, culture, and mental health. This is not an exhaustive list of all of the wonderful resources available on each of these topics, but it can be a starting point to learn more.

Books on Adoption

 A Crazy-Much Love by Joy Jordan-Lake






 And That’s Why She’s My Mama by Tiarra Naxario






  Some Babies Are Adopted by Cindy Walker






The Story of My Open Adoption: A Storybook for Children Adopted at Birth by Leah Campbell




  When I Was Summer by J. B. Howard





Books on Transracial Adoption

Coco & Olive: The Color of Love by Michelle Madrid-Branch





  I Don’t Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze




I’m Adopted! by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly 






  Is That Your Sister? A True Story of Adoption by Catherine and Sherry Bunin





Young Adult Books with Transracial Adoption Themes

  For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington






  See No Color by Shannon Gibney






Books on Race and Culture

African American Culture

  Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden illustrated by Don Tate






  Happy to Be Nappy by Bell Hooks, Illustrated by Chris Raschka    





  Wings by Christopher Myers






  Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. and Myles C. Pinkney        




  Black, White, Just Right by Marguerite W. Davol





Latin American Culture

  Quinito’s Day and Night by Ina Cumpiano, illustrations Jose Ramirez




  Arroró, Mi Niño by Lulu Delacre





  Abuela by Arthur Dorros        






  Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros





Native American Culture

  Children of Native America Today by Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder





  The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola   






  Dreamcatcher by Audrey Osofsky    




  Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes






  Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale by Janet Stevens






Chinese Culture

 Meet Kai-Lan by Mickie Matheis and Toby Williams





  Kai-Lan’s Great Trip to China by Mickie Matheis and Toby Williams





Filipino Culture

  Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore






Hmong Culture

  Grandfather’s Story Cloth by Linda Gardner and Sarah Langford






Japanese Culture

  My First Japanese Phrases by Jill Kalz






  Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki




Korean Culture

  Cooper’s Lesson by Sun Yung Shin






Thai Culture

  Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho Illustrated by Holly Meade






  Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho Illustrated by Holly Meade





Diversity, Bullying, and Racism

  Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World by Barnabas and Annabel Kindersley





  Skin Again by Bell Hooks





  Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester






  All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka






  Don’t Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller






Christian Books on Race

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia J. Newbell






  God’s Big Plan by Elizabeth F. Caldwell and Theodore Hiebert





  ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us by Dorena Williamson




Books on Mental Health

The Child Mind Institute has put together a list of 44 children’s books about mental health related topics. These are a great way to talk about what your child or those around your child may be experiencing to help bring a new understanding. They cover topics such as ADHD, anxiety, bullying, experiencing different emotions, grief and loss, and so much more! See their full list here:

What are your favorite children’s books? Share them with us!

Please note that New Life Adoptions has not reviewed every publication on this resource list. It is also not a comprehensive list of all the available adoption-related resources. This list is intended as a tool for you and your family to use your own judgment and discretion in finding resources to encourage and educate you and your children on your adoption journey.