Input Requested! Kids Adoption BooksPosted: July 20, 2012
Mea and I sat and read several of her favorite adoption themed books last night. As we read, I ask her questions about what she thinks is going to happen, and she interjects questions here and there, or thoughts about what is going on with the characters. This is a great thing to start doing when your kids are little, gets their little minds thinking about what happens next, what the characters are doing, feeling, seeing, etc.
I always encourage her questions whenever and whatever we are reading, because it means that she is comprehending, and thinking as we go along in the story. Sometimes, we will put the book down and talk for a while if one of her questions needs a little more discussion.
We have many adoption related books at home. Several of which I purchased after reading reviews from Lisa at Three Cats and a Baby.
As we were reading a few of them yesterday, it just seemed like there was a bit of a component missing in our stories as it relates to Mea. Most of the books that we have start for the child (or animal) at their birth, unless they are talking about international adoption, which is also not applicable to Mea.
I have seen other books that talk about foster care adoption, but it seems like many of these are geared toward older children, and/or children who had been with their biological parent before entering foster care and then ultimately going through TPR, and then adoption.
I am thinking that I may see if I can get Mack to help me on this project. My thought is to make our own book. I will come up with the written text, and I am going to get her to illustrate it. I am also thinking that we could come up with some basic designs that could be changed up based on the particulars of the adoption story, boy, girl, black, white, asian, different family members included, etc. If the illustration is basic enough, it could be something that we could personalize based on the specifics of any family.
If this was something that was available to custom make for your little one, would you buy it?
*Updated to add: If you can share this post with anyone else in the adoption world that you think would be interested I would appreciate it. Just trying to get views and opinions! Thanks!