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Books for You and Your Littles

Books for You and Your Littles

Over the years – and especially in light of recent events – I have received lots of messages and questions about what books and resources Brian and I recommend in the adoption world. At the same time – and also especially in light of recent events – we have worked hard to grow our library of books for Gideon to include characters of different cultures, skin colors, and abilities. It is important to us that he grows up seeing a world that is beautiful, not just in spite of our differences, but because of them.

I have tried to sort the resources below by topic, culture, or need. This is certainly not a comprehensive list, but these are the books and resources that have impacted us most dramatically. Most, if not all, of the children’s books below can be found on YouTube if you want to check them out before buying.

If there was one book I would implore you to read, not just as a parent, but as someone looking to better our world, Uniquely Human tops my list. If you love someone with special needs, work with someone with special needs, or just want to be a better human, 10 out of 10, we would recommend that book for you.

You may notice that we don’t yet have a lot of adult books on racism or racial reconciliation on our list. We have recently ordered a bunch that have been recommended to us over the past few weeks, and we will add them once we get through them.

If you have any recommendations, please send them our way at, particularly if you have children’s books featuring characters with different abilities you’d like to recommend!

Happy reading!

(And we should probably note the links below are all affiliate links. You pay the same price you would from any other link or search on Amazon, but Amazon gives us like 10 cents for sending you their way.)



For parents just starting the adoption journey, I recommend reading all of those listed in the first two sections.

Parenting and Trauma

Prospective Families

  • Before You Adopt: A Guide to The Questions You Should Be Asking workbook – Christa Jordan

Specific Needs + Special Needs

  • Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism – Barry Prizant
  • Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More – Katja Rowell
  • Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs – Heather Avis

Transracial Families + Racial Reconciliation

  • Human(Kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together – Ashlee Eiland


Memoirs (Adoptive Families)

Memoirs (Adoptees)

Other Resources



*Asterisks indicate favorites in our home

Childrens Books about Adoption

Childrens Books about Inclusion + Celebrating Differences

Childrens Books about Characters with Disabilities

Childrens Books Featuring Characters of Different Colors, Cultures, or Abilities

Childrens Books with Asian Culture/Characters



  • Breanna
    Posted at 16:47h, 12 June Reply

    It’s very interesting that you listed a book on autism, as I quite literally came here to ask if you’d ever considered testing Giddy for it. I was just watching your YouTube video of the trip to the zoo and his mannerisms are highly indicative of it. It’s great that you were able to diagnose him this early. What an awesome family.

    • forgideon
      Posted at 17:47h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you for reaching out and for your kind words! Gideon actually doesn’t have a diagnosis at this time, but we have been working with an amazing developmental team in Cincinnati for the past 2 years! Uniquely Human is easily the best book about special needs I’ve read, as it not only humanizes autism but also shows how to love individuals with all kinds of different abilities. <3

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