I feel there is a dearth of books on foster care, particularly those written for children. Here is a list I’ve gathered of a few that our family has enjoyed.
By Wilgocki, Wright, and Geis
Maybe Days addresses the many questions children in foster care may have. It gently coaches children into the acceptance of “maybe” as a holding answer for lots of things in life during a difficult transition period when no one knows the final answers.
By Julie Nelson
The most important job a kid has is being a kid! This book places the emphasis of the foster care story right back where it belongs: on the safety and protection of little people.
By Britain and Rivera
An aberration on my list: I have not yet held a copy of this book, but I’ve seen it highly recommended.
Although not written specifically for foster care situations, it is designed to help children (and the adults in their lives) to find words for the complexity of emotions life can bring, and to learn to accept feelings for what they are: just feelings, and okay.
By Sandi Swiridoff with Wendy Dunham
Sweet story with many accompanying photographs of a very cute duo: a little boy and his doggie. This book was given to our family by our friend Joanna Schlabach.
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Historical fiction, 2016
I reviewed this book once before, but it bears mentioning again.
Based on the evacuation of children from London in WWII, Ada’s story explores belonging and home and what it means to let go of a painfully misshapen identity. I love the kindness of the foster mother, Sarah Smith.
Addendum: As with all books, please preview before handing to your children to ensure your comfort level. Sarah Smith’s history of lesbianism is alluded to (not predominant), and there is mild violence and danger.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
I very much enjoyed the story of Willow Chance. You may have to turn a blind eye to a few unlikely characters, unfinished pieces, and improbable twists in the plot, but it’s a good tale and worth reading: the coping story of a girl twice-uprooted.
By Katherine Paterson
Jaded by the system and tired of bouncing from home to home, eleven-year-old Gilly decides to take matters into her own hands.
The movie is also worth watching! but please preview before sharing with children.
I’m interested to hear what other books you’d add to the list. Has anyone owned the book Love You From Right Here? I stumbled across it online, and think it looks very special: a special keepsake book for children moving in and out of a home.
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