WOO HOO! Today is not only my last day of sixth grade, it is also the 100th posting of PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY! YAY! (although, technically, we aren’t celebrating until next week, because Ms. Hill (the creator) is giving a talk on writing and is extremely busy. 🙂 )
Let’s celebrate – I brought donuts!
PLUS! I get to announce the MARVELOUS MS. MORRIS of Kid Lit Reviews won my giveaway copy of Chengdu! WOO!
Congratulations Ms. Morris! I will email you for your mailing address!
Now on to – PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY!!!
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think this is a great book on adoption that is very easy for kids to understand.
ABC, Adoption & Me — a Multi-cultural Picture Book for Adoptive Families
By Gayle H. Swift with Casey Anne Swift
Illustrated by Paul Griffin
36 pages – ages 4+
Published by WRB Publishing on July 1, 2013
Opening and Synopsis-
“A is for adoption. Some families come together through adoption, mine did.”
Summary taken from amazon description – “ABC, Adoption & Me, explores adoption from the child’s point of view. It celebrates the blessing of family and addresses the difficult issues as well. With exuberant illustrations and a diverse representation of families, ABC, Adoption & Me deepens the understanding of what it means to be an adoptive family. It provides talking points that bring families closer, and presents adoption as a safe topic. Kids report that ABC, Adoption & Me expresses their complicated feelings in a way that makes them feel normal and which makes it easy for them to discuss with their families. “Most adoption books only talk about the good part of adoption. ABC shows adoption from the kid’s side.”
Why I liked this book- First of all (for those who don’t know) I am adopted and so I like it when I see an adoption book done really well. I really like that the book shows the huge diversity in adoptive families. It also covers all kinds of questions, issues and happy things too. Being adopted myself, some of the issues I could relate to (like “R is for real. My birth parents and my adoptive parents are all real.” I personally don’t like it when someone asks who my “real” parents are. Last time I got grounded my parents really felt real to me. 😉 ) while others I haven’t had experience with, but I am sure other kids/families have. The book also gives respect to birth parents which is a nice addition. The book is written in a way that makes it easy for kids to understand. I think it is a great book for families to read together.
Activities and Resources-
I didn’t have to go far for a resource, there is a parent guide right in the front of the book. It gives helpful advice for parents about how to talk to their kids about being adopted.
ChildWelfare.gov has a huge list of teacher resources listed HERE for having lesson plans when you have adopted kids in class.
You can follow Gayle Swift on Twitter HERE.
Like the ABC Adoption & Me Facebook page HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!