Whether it is to learn more about Chinese adoption prior to taking that step or helping a child that has been adopted from China adapt in a positive manner, there are many books available on Chinese adoption that are useful both to potential parents and families that include Chinese adoption. These are a few of the best books on Chinese adoption.
Anything But Easy: A Memoir of a Special Needs Adoption from China by Marie Spriess
This 2010 book chronicles a mother’s journey to adopt a toddler with special needs from China. For anyone contemplating adoption from China, this book includes many of the difficult trials such as dealing with paperwork and waiting for the child as well as all the joys this child brings to the author’s life. It is a good book to read to understand the process, the difficulties, and what is in store for a family attempting this type of adoption.
The Lucky Ones: Our Stories of Adopting Children from China by Ann Rauhala
This 2008 book is a collection of stories from a variety of people. It chronicles the difficulties with conception through difficult times in the adoption process to the happy endings. The basis of the stories and connecting theme is that even though adopting a child from China is difficult, the parents feel so lucky to have their adoptive child from China.
Our Baby from China by Nancy D’Antonio
This is a book about Chinese adoption that is suited to ages 3-7. The picture book is designed like a photo album with captions that are a paragraph or two long. The language is direct and clear and well suited to elementary aged adopted children. The book includes traveling to China to get the child and ends with the arrival in America with their new family member.
At Home in This World: A China Adoption Story by Jean MacLeod
The unique feature of this book is that it is told through the point of view of a nine-year-old girl and her reflections on what she knows about her adoption from China. It not only tells a positive side but also the sad aspects of the adoption experience too. It is a good book to help pre-adolescent girls express their feelings about the adoption.
Mommy Far, Mommy Near written by Carol Antoinette Peacock
This is an excellent children’s book geared to ages 4-8. The best part of this book is that it addresses many of the questions adopted children from China feel and it is an excellent way to open up dialogue with a child. It makes the child feel safe to ask questions about why China can’t hold all the babies and if her mother loved her.
Kids Like Me in China by Brian Boyd, Yin Ying Fry and Terry Fry
This is the story of Yin Ying Fry who goes back to China to see where she came from and even the orphanage in which she spent her very young life. This book is written so adopted children from China can see and understand where they came from. The book is rich with pictures and is written for children ages 9-12.
Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love by Xinpan
These are the stories of the women forced to give up their babies. It is compassionate look at these women’s lives and includes interviews with midwives, adoption workers and the women who give up these children. These mothers are peasants and business women, students and people who live a life eluding the system trying to avoid giving up their child. While this is a book for adults, it does give the adoptive parents a better idea of what these mothers go through who give up these children. It also tells the story of how many newborn girls are drowned or smothered and are not given the opportunity for adoption.
Three Names of Me by Mary Cummings
This book is suited for ages 4-8 and is the story of a Chinese-American girl who has three names, one that she was given at birth, one given at the orphanage, and one given by her adoptive parents. It tells about Ada’s life in America, her likes and dislikes and her love of her adoptive parents.
Letter of Love from China by Bonnie Cuzzino
This 2006 book is suited for adoptive children ages 9-12 to see how special and loved they are. It begins with a letter from the birth mother in China writing to answer her child’s question about why she gave her up. It begins with the words “To My Precious Daughter” and tells of her thoughtful decision to give her up for adoption.
The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and a Search for a Missing Past by Karin Evans
An encompassing look at Chinese girls who go though the adoption process, this book takes on a variety of genres all in one book. It is part memoir with specific instances and stories, but it is also a factual portrayal with commentary, travel information and adoption “how-to” facts. While it tells the story of adoption, it also includes facts about Chinese women’s history.
Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphange by Kay Bratt
A different type of book about Chinese adoption, this one is the story of Kay Bratt who travels to China with her husband who is assigned to work there for his American employers. While there, Bratt decides to volunteer at a local orphanage and this is her story of trying to improve the conditions at the orphanage.