16 Books That Feature Adopted Characters

All ages and kinds of readers will enjoy these stories about adopted kids. By Common Sense
Topics: Reading
16 Books That Feature Adopted Characters

These books all feature characters who were adopted. Most are human, but there's also one very special bear, as well as a cyborg with two mean stepsisters. One story is about getting an adopted sibling; others are about adopted kids looking for their birth parents or learning about their pasts. Some kid characters are involved in exciting mysteries and adventures, and being adopted is just one fact about them. All are great reads! 

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families 
By Todd Parr
This wonderful celebration of the love between parent and child is perfect for the preschool set.
Recommended for ages 4+ 
Quality: 4 out of 5
Little, Brown and Company, 2007

A Bear Called Paddington
By Michael Bond
This delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family transcends generations. 
Recommended for ages 6+
Quality: 5 out of 5
Houghton Mifflin Children's Books, 1958

The Year of the Baby, Anna Wang, Book 2
By Andrea Cheng
Sweet, honest tale of adopted sibling and her loving older sister.
Recommended for ages 6+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Houghton Mifflin Children's Books, 2013

Earwig and the Witch
By Dianna Wynne Jones
Comical story of a spunky girl adopted by a witch and devil.
Recommended for ages 8+
Quality: 3 out of 5
Greenwillow Books, 2012

Jazzy's Quest: Adopted and Amazing!
By Carrie Goldman, Juliet Bond
An adopted girl discovers how she's special in this engaging tale.
Recommended for ages 8+
Quality: 3 out of 5
Marcinson Press, 2015

Minion
By John David Anderson 
This terrific page-turner has it all: action, humor, and heart.
Recommended for ages 8+
Quality: 5 out of 5
Walden Pond Press, 2014

Rooftoppers
By Katherine Rundell 
Kids will love this soaring, quirky adventure with unforgettable characters.
Recommended for ages 8+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Simon & Schuster, 2013

When Heaven Fell
By Carolyn Marsden 
Snapshot of Vietnamese culture past and present exposes kids to a different culture and era.
Recommended for ages 8+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Candlewick Press, 2007

Anne of Green Gables
By L.M. Montgomery
Timeless, beloved classic features a lovable, imaginative heroine.
Recommended for ages 9+
Quality: 5 out of 5
Bantam Books, 1908

Breadcrumbs
By Anne Ursu
Brilliant tale of girl's enchanted-woods search for friend.
Recommended for ages 9+
Quality: 5 out of 5
Walden Pond Press, 2011

Pennyroyal Academy
By M.A. Larson
Brave kids, scary monsters, and lessons galore in series debut.
Recommended for ages 9+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Putnam Juvenile, 2014

Greenglass House
By Kate Milford
This delightful, engaging mystery has a clever twist.
Recommended for ages 10+
Quality: 5 out of 5
Clarion Books, 2014

Half a World Away
By Cynthia Kadohata 
Moving story about a troubled adopted boy who learns to open his heart.
Recommended for ages 10+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Atheneum, 2014

Three Times Lucky
By Sheila Turnage 
This funny mystery featuring a spunky girl has some serious themes.
Recommended for ages 10+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Dial Books, 2012

Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
By Marissa Meyer 
Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
Recommended for ages 12+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Feiwel and Friends, 2012

Girl in Reverse
By Barbara Stuber 
Affecting story about an adopted girl's hunt for clues to her past.
Recommended for ages 12+
Quality: 4 out of 5
Margaret K. McElderry, 2014

 

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