Posted on: 06/02/2024
At Literacy Tree, we believe that it’s important for ALL children to see themselves and their families represented in the books that they read and to understand that families come in all shapes and sizes. For this month’s booklist, we’ve chosen to spotlight some of our favourite books that feature characters who are adopted and that explore – and celebrate - their relationships with their families.
Themes and links: love, celebrations, birthdays
Themes and links: love, empathy, kindness, hope, animals, LQBT+
Themes and links: love, single-parent families, LGBT+
Themes and links: arrival of a new sibling, fear, anxiety, acceptance
Themes and links: LGBT+, arrival of a new sibling, grandparent-grandchild relationships
Themes and links: friendship, kindness, identity, parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, illness of a parent
Dara Palmer knows that she is a born star with heaps of talent. It’s therefore quite the shock when she doesn’t get a part in the school play. Dara begins to wonder if the fact that she looks different – she was adopted as a baby from Cambodia – might have something to do with it. Dara’s distinctive voice takes us on a rollercoaster journey in this funny yet poignant tale of personal growth and self-acceptance.
Themes and links: sibling relationships, identity, coping with disappointment, empathy
Themes and links: expeditions, adventure, explorers, conservation
The sequel to The War That Saved My Life finds siblings Ada and Jamie settled permanently with Susan, who came to care for them when they were evacuated during the war. World War 2 continues to provide a backdrop for this story, as a series of events in the village tests bonds of family and friendship for Ada. A beautiful book that covers complex themes accessibly and authentically.
Themes and links: World War Two, disability, growing up, empathy, hope, trust, animals.
When quiet Usha gains a sister in the form of fiery new arrival Imtiaz, it seems at first like the pair will never get along. However, the girls’ home – also a refugee centre – holds hidden secrets which they girls must work together to uncover if they are to save it. Parallel tales from the past and present are woven together, creating mystery and intrigue in this richly-textured tale.
Themes and links: migration, racism, sibling relationships, trust, ghosts, heritage & history.
The above is just a small selection of the growing body of children’s books featuring adopted characters. We hope to continue to add to this list over time.
Next month: Our next book list will focus on representation of characters in foster placements of all different kinds. Please feel free to get in touch with any of your own suggestions for inclusion on this list by Friday 8th March at email@example.com or on X using @LiteracyJenS.
This book list was written in collaboration with Abida at Moon Lane Ink.
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