I have to admit when I saw, then read ABC, Adoption & Me by Gayle H. Swift and Casey A. Swift, I got teary-eyed 🙂
Why? because I am an adoptive mommy!
We adopted our son Jake at birth as a domestic adoption and also as a designated adoption. It’s a pretty magical story. Jake is almost 13 now, pushing 6 feet tall and eats like a horse!
Our family is so lucky to have Jake as our son in SO many ways. He is a true gift from God and one of two reasons I get out of bed every day.
When it comes to the details of his adoption, we have gotten the occasional ridiculous question from time to time, but we have not experience some of the uncomfortable (and down-right unkind) instances that many families of adopted kids encounter. THAT is yet another thing I love about ABC Adoption & Me as well. It very much brings home the message that, adopted children are just that…children.
When I asked author Gayle Swift about why she created this sweet book, she had this to say:
As adoptees, our children wrestle with big feelings, challenging issues and complex relationships. As parents. it is our privilege to walk a lifetime with them, supporting them through their journey to integrate dual heritages through birth and adoption. ABC, Adoption & Me provides an easy way to converse about adoption so that kids know their questions and concerns are welcome. It plants the seeds of open dialog and introduces some of the hard stuff in a way that is gentle and can lead to deeper discussions as children mature. As an adoption coach, I know that kids usually assume the “hard stuff” is off-limits unless parents demonstrate through words and actions, that parents are strong enough to acknowledge and validate all of their children’s thoughts and feelings on adoption. A book like ABC, Adoption & Me speaks through the child’s perspective; kids tell us that normalizes their emotions and thoughts.
ABC, Adoption & Me has been awarded Favorite Read of 2013 by Adoptive Families Magazine, Notable Picture Book of 2013 by Shelf Unbound and Honorable Mention Gittle List 2013, and named Finalist in the Independent Book Publishers of New England 2014 Book Awards. Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.
Another thing that I loved about ABC, Adoption & Me is that it presents adoption from the child’s point of view. This distinguishes it from the many books that focus on the joy parents experience through adoption and on reassuring adoptees how much they are loved. ABC, Adoption & Me celebrates the miracle of family and addresses the difficult issues faced in adoptive families as well. It truly provides an opportunity for readers to come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be an adoptive family and provide teaching moments that bring families closer, connected in truth.
**I was gifted a copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed are purely my own.
ABC Adoption & Me is part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day!
Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.
The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
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