Welcoming a New
Brother or Sister through Adoption:
From Navigating New Relationships to Loving Families



Arleta James


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Resources: Books for Children and Adolescents

Anglada, Tracy. Brandon and the Bipolar Bear: A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder. (Murdock, Florida: BP Children, 2009.)

Ballard, Robert. Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? (Warren, NJ: EMK Press, 2009.)

Bernstein. Sharon Chesler. A Family that Fights. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company, 1991.)

Blomquist, Geraldine and Paul Blomquist. Zachary’s New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children. (Washington: Magination Press, 1990.)

Brodzinsky, Anne Braff. The Mulberry Bird: An Adoption Story. (Indianapolis: Perspectives Press, 1996.)

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Runaway Bunny. (New York: Harper Trophy, 1977.)

 Burnett, Karen Gedig. If the World Were Blind: A Book About Judgment and Prejudice. (Felton, California: GR Publishing, 2001.)

Collodi, Carlo. Pinocchio: A Classic Illustrated Edition. (San Francisco: Chronical Books, 2001.)

Coville,Bruce. The Lapsnatcher. (East Sussex: Bridge Water Books, 1997.)

Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler. (New York: Harper Collins, 2003.)

Curtis, Jamie Lee. Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born. (New York: Harpers Collins, 2000.)

Curtis, Jamie Lee. I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem. (New York: Harper Collins, 2002.)

Eldridge, Sherrie. Forever Fingerprints: An Amazing Discovery for Adopted Children. (Warren, NJ: EMK Press, 2007.)

Fender, Sam & Robin Schiffmiller. Brotherly Feelings: Me, My Emotions and My Brother with Asperger’s Syndrome. (London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007.)

Fisher, Antwone Q. and Mim E. Rivas. Finding Fish: A Memoir. (New York: Harper Torch, 2002.)

Gabel, Susan. Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted. (Indianapolis: Perspectives Press, 1988.)

Girard, Linda Walvoord. My Body is Private. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Co., 1984.)

Grossnickle, Mary. A Place in My Heart. (Speaking of Adoption, www.speakingofadoption.com, 2004.)

Hale, Natalie. Oh Brother! Growing Up with a Special Needs Sibling. (Washington: Magination Press, 2004.)

Harris, Robie. It’s So Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families. (Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick, 2004.)

Huebner, Dawn. What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep. (Washington: Magination Press, 2008.)

Huebner, Dawn. What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger. (Washington: Magination Press, 2007.)

Huebner, Dawn. What to Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Negativity. (Washington: Magination Press, 2006.)

Huebner, Dawn. What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More. (Washington: Magination Press, 2008.)

Johnson, Julie Tallard. Understanding Mental Illness: For Teens Who Care about Someone with Mental Illness. (Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1989.)

Kasza, Keiko. A Mother for Choco. (New York: Puffin Books, 1992.)

Kearney, Meg. The Secret of Me: A Novel in Verse. (New York: Persea, 2007.)

Kennedy, Pamela. A Sister for Matthew: A Story about Adoption. (Nashville: GPKids, 2006.)

Kitze, Carrie. We See the Moon. (Warren, NJ: EMK Press, 2003.)

Kitze, Carrie. I Don’t Have Your Eyes. (Warren, NJ: EMK Press, 2003.)

Koehler, Phoebe. The Day We Met You. (New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1990.)

Krementz, Jill. How It Feels to be Adopted. (New York: Knoph, 1988.)

Krishnaswami, Uma. Bringing Asha Home. (New York: Lee & Low Books, 2006.)

Kulp, Jodee & Liz Kulp. The Best I Can Be: Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – Effects. (Better Endings, New Beginnings, 2009.)

Kupecky, Regina & Christine Mitchell. A Foster-Adoption Story: Angela and Michael’s Journey: A Therapeutic Workbook for Traumatized Children. (CreatSpace www.createspace.com, 2009.)

Lewis, Barbara. What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character. (Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2005.)

Lewis, Barbara. What Do You Stand For? For Kids. A Guide to Building Character. (Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1999.)

Little, Jean. Emma’s Yucky Brother. (New York: Harper Trophy, 2001.)

Loftis, Chris. The Words Hurt: Helping Children Cope with Verbal Abuse. (Far Hills, New Jersey: New Horizon Press, 2006.)

Lovell, Cynthia Miller. The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care. (Self-Published, 1999.)

McCreight, Brenda. Help! I’ve Been Adopted (AdoptionEd, 2010.)

MacLeod, Jean. At Home in this World: A China Adoption Story. (Warren, New Jersey: EMK Press, 2003.)

McLain, Paula. Like Family: Growing up in Other People’s Houses, a Memoir. (New York: Back Bay Books, 2004.)

McMahon, Patricia & Conor Clarke McCarthy. Just Add One Chinese Sister: An Adoption Story. (Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Boyds Mills Press, 2005.)

McNamara, Joan. Borya and the Burps: An Eastern European Adoption Story (Indianapolis: Perspectives Press, 2005.)  

Meyer, Don ed. The Sibling Slam Book: What’s It Really Like to have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. (Bethesda: Woodbine House, Inc., 2005.)

Mikaelsen, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear. (Harper Trophy: New York, 2001.)

Mitchell, Christine. Welcome Home Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers and Preschoolers and Beyond. (Bloomington, Indiana: Author House, 2006.)

Mitchell, Christine. Family Day: Celebrating Ethan’s Adoption Anniversary. (Bloomington, Indiana: Author House, 2009.)

Munsch ,Robert.Love You Forever. (Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books, 1986.)

Nadeau, Kathleen & Ellen Dixon. Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids about ADHD. (Washington: Magination Press, 2003.)

Nelson., Julie. Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights. (Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2007.)

Nemiroff, Marc and Jane Annunziata. All About Adoption: How Families are Made and How Kids Feels About It. (Washington: Magination Press, 2004.)
Parr,Todd. The Family Book. (New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2003.)

Payne, Lauren Murphy. We Can Get Along. (Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997.)

Peacock, Carol Antoinette. Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story. (Morton Grove, Indiana: Albert Whitman & Co., 2000.)

Pellegrino,Marjorie White. My Grandma’s the Mayor. (Washington: Magination Press, 1999.)

Penn, Audrey. A Pocket Full of Kisses. (Terre Haute, Indiana: Tanglewood Press, 2004.)

Petertyl, Mary E. Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption. (Grand Rapids: Folio One Publishing, 1997.)

Rashkin, Rachel. Feeling Better: A Kid's Book About Therapy. (Washington: Magination Press, 2005.)

Rath, Tom & Mary Reckmeyer. How Full is Your Bucket? (for kids). (Washington, DC: Gallup Press, 2009.)

Rogers, Fred. Let’s Talk about It: Adoption. (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1994.)

Sanford, Doris. I Can’t Talk about It: A Child’s Book about Sexual Abuse. (Portland: Multnomah Press, 1986.)

Sheldon,Annette. Big Sister Now: A Story about Me and Our New Baby. (Washington: Magination Press, 2006.)

Sheppard,Caroline. Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children. (Grosse Point Woods, Michigan: 1998.)

Simon, Rita & Rhonda Roorda. In Their Siblings’ Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk about Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Bi-racial Brothers and Sisters. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.)

Slade, Suzanne. Adopted: The Ultimate Teen Guide. (Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2007.)

Small, David. Imogene’s Antlers. (New York: Crown Publishers, 1985.)

Snow, Judith E. How it Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book for Kids of all Ages. (New York: Routledge, 2004.)

Spelman,Cornelia Maude. When I Feel Angry. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co., 2002.)

Spelman, Cornelia Maude. When I Feel Good about Myself. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co., 2003.)

Spelman, Cornelia Maude. When I Feel Jealous. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co., 2003.)

Spelman, Cornelia Maude. When I Feel Sad. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co., 2002.)

Spelman, Cornelia Maude. When I Feel Scared. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co., 2002.)

Spelman, Cornelia Maude. Your Body Belongs to You. (Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Co., 1997.)

Stoeke, Janet Morgan. Waiting for May. (New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 2005.)

Sugarman, Brynn Olenberg. Rebecca’s Journey Home. (Minneapolis: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2006.)

Szabo, Ross & Melanie Hall. Taking Charge of Your Mental Health: A Guide for Young Adults. (Volt Press, 2007.)

Taylor, Clark. The House that Crack Built. (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1992.)

Thomas, Pat. The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism. (Hauppauge, New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2003.)

Welton, Jude. Can I Tell You about Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family. (London: Jessica Kingsley Publisher, 2003.)

Whitehouse, Elaine & Warwick Pudney. A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 1998.)

Wilgocki, Jennifer & Marcia Kahn Wright. Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care. (Washington: Magination Press, 2002.)

Winokur, Morasha. My Invisible World: Life with My Brother, His Disability and His Service Dog. (Better Ending, New Beginnings, 2009.)

Websites for Children and Adolescents

Adoption Clubhouse
The Adoption Clubhouse is a program of the National Adoption Center, whose mission it is to expand adoption opportunities throughout the United States, particularly for children with special needs and those from minority cultures. The Adoption Clubhouse was designed for children’s adoption needs. Through the activities and information on this site children can experience a sense of belonging to a wider adoption community of peers. The site includes a library of books and movies, response to questions kids get asked about being adopted, advice on completing school projects and topics—family tree, bringing in a baby picture, genetics—and a lot more. This is a great website!

The Sibling Support Project
The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental or mental health concerns. The Sibling Support Project believes that disabilities, illness and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Consequently, they work to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues. Their list servs connect siblings of all ages.


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