Book recommendations: Winter 2020


Focus on Adoption magazine

Here are some great new books from the world of adoption!

1) The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting: Strategies and Solutions

by Sarah Naish

This book gives parents or caregivers an easy to follow process to use when responding to issues with their children. 

It covers 60 common problems parents face, from acting aggressively to difficulties with sleep, with advice on what might trigger these issues, and how to respond.

Easy to navigate and written in a straightforward style, this book is a must-have for all therapeutic parents.

2) Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: A Memoir

by Jenny Heijun Wills

The author was born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in small-town Canada. In her late twenties, she reconnected with her first family and returned to Seoul where she spent four months getting to know other adoptees, as well as her Korean mother, father, siblings, and extended family.

This book describes in visceral, lyrical prose the painful ripple effects that follow a child’s removal from a family, and the rewards that can flow from both struggle and forgiveness.

3. Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

by Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom’s most personal story to date is an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart

When Chika gets sick, Mitch and his wife bring her to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure.

This book is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the bond they formed—a beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.

4) For Black Girls Like Me

by Mariama J. Lockington

Makeda June Kirkland is eleven years old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out. When Makeda’s family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena–the only other adopted black girl she knows–for a new life. In New Mexico, everything is different. At home, Makeda’s sister is too cool to hang out with her anymore and at school, she can’t seem to find one real friend.

For Black Girls Like Me is for anyone who has ever asked themselves: How do you figure out where you are going if you don’t know where you came from?