By Jennifer Robinson, LMHC, and Laura Bedard, MFA
Outskirts Press, Inc., 2016, ISBN: 978-1-4787-7305-4, ?? pages, $
Being adopted is unique and the questions and feelings that go along with it aren’t always understood by the general population. The children’s book My Adoption Feelings is a simple little story that helps children understand that narrative and normalizes the experiences. In the book Henry shares that he’s adopted and that sometimes he feels sad, angry, scared and happy when he thinks about his adoption story. He also shares that he had many questions that his parents encouraged him to ask and discuss with them.
My Adoption Feelings is a simple book that covers all the basics of adoption and thoughts and feelings a child might have. The book includes information for parents at the end to help better understand their child’s experience and work through some of the feelings they may have about being adopted. Written by a therapist and an adoptive mom, My Adoption Feelings is a great way to normalize adoption for a child and open up conversation by snuggling up and reading a book with your child.
–Reviewed by Kim Phagan-Hansel