Brenda asked me if I could list the books that Steve bought for me/us for Christmas. They are:
I Wished For You: An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond
This one made me get so teary-eyed! It's about a little bear named Barley and how he was adopted. It uses accurate adoption language; it addresses why someone might choose adoption; it brings up how the adoption process is involved...
"Did you ever think," wondered Barley,"that your wish might not come true?"
"Oh yes..." said Mama, remembering how long the waiting seemed sometimes.
"I wished for you through many phone calls...and through mountains of paperwork. I wished for you while I waited and waited...and waited. Sometimes," said Mama, "I didn't hear any news about you for weeks or months. But I held onto my wish tightly - like the string on a balloon."
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
This is a book about a little bird who lives alone and wishes for a mother. He meets animals and asks if they could be his mother. Eventually he meets a bear who shows him how they don't have to look alike to feel like a family.
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr
I LOVE this book. I love the way it's written and how it could apply to so many different types of families.
"We belong together because...you needed a home and I had one to share. Now we are a family."
"We belong together because...you needed someone to say 'I love you" and we had love to give. Now, we all have someone to kiss goodnight."
Horace by Holly Keller
This is a story about a little cheetah that was adopted by a tiger family. He worries that his adoptive family might not like his spots. He finds out how much they really love him and how happy they are to be a family.
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
I love the illustrations in this book - there are so many great details. I love how the book is written, too...
"Tell me again how you couldn't grow a baby in your tummy, so another woman who was too young to take care of me was growing me and she would be my birth mother; and you would adopt me and be my parents."
"Tell me again about the first night you were my mommy and you sang the lullaby your mommy sang to you."
Even more than the illustrations and the writing, I love this book because it is from my parents. They gave it to us as a Christmas gift. The gift tag says, "To Steve, Wendy, and G3 (the nickname we have for our baby); From Grandpa and Grandma." Even typing that is making me cry happy tears :)