I started looking at adoption related picture books (baby board books, etc.) yesterday to purchase for our baby.
Most had negative reviews about one thing or another. It made me realize again that there seem to be so many issues to take into consideration when talking with your child…some books didn’t do a good job handling race issues, others presented the birth mother in a simplistic fashion or not at all, etc.
It is good to be made aware of these issues, I don’t know if I would have thought much about these things on my own. For now, I am ordering some books for myself, but nothing for the baby.
I ordered the books that got the best reviews. Everywhere I look I see these books recommended (on Lifeline’s Facebook page, on Amazon, on adoption chat forums, from friends, etc.)
Here are the titles I bought today:
Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents by Deborah Gray
Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections by Jean MacLeod
Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best
Do any of you readers have suggestions for books, whether for us as parents or for our children? I would like some good adoption related books for our younger biological kids as well as for our adopted daughter to read.
In other news, I finished my Hague training yesterday and got my certificate. WOOT!!
David will be done as soon as he reads the last of his articles…maybe 15 articles or so. The end of that part is in sight! Yay!
Though it is a bit too early to celebrate, as we still have several of the Birmingham videos to watch before our meeting #3, and David will need to read The Connected Child and we will both need to read some materials about China before meeting #4. So although we are making progress it does feel like there is still a LONG way to go to get through this part.