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Tell Us About Your Favorite Adoption Books for a Chance to Win a Kindle!

Want to help the editors compile Adoptive Families' Fifth Annual Best Adoption Books List and get a shot at winning a Kindle? All readers who tell us about their favorite adoption books will be automatically entered in a random drawing for the chance to win a Kindle (with free 3G and Wi-Fi; $189 retail value). To enter, add a comment to this blog post nominating your favorite titles in the following three categories:

1. Most moving adoption memoirs

2. All-time greatest children's books about adoption

3. Parenting guides (adoption-specific or just adoption-friendly) you consider must-reads

Within your comment, you may nominate as many books as you'd like in each category, but be sure to tell us why you recommend each title! If we like what you have to say, it may be included in the magazine. Limit one comment per person. We'll randomly select one respondent to win a Kindle. Contest closes May 25, 2011. See below for full rules.

Thanks to all who helped us compile our Fourth Annual Best Adoption Books List in 2010. Take a look at last year's picks and browse Adoptive Families' online adoption bookstore for inspiration.

Rules: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Subject to all laws. All entrants must register a valid e-mail address with AdoptiveFamiliesCircle (see Terms and Conditions). Giveaway begins at 10 a.m. EDT on April 21, 2011, and ends at midnight EDT on May 25, 2011. Limit: one (1) entry per person. Approximate value of the prize, one Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device with free 3G and Wi-Fi on a 6-inch display, is $189. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received. Sweepstakes sponsor: New Hope Media, LLC, 39 W. 37th St., 15th Floor, New York, NY, 10018.

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“A Mother For Choco” by Keiko Kasza. Great story, so sweet.

By vitallo on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm.

Memoir: I loved “Bones That Float: a Story of Adopting Cambodia” ( by Kari Grady Grossman.

It speaks of the mystery and magic that can happen when a family comes together out of brokenness. It’s beautifully written and addresses the bigger picture of international adoption.

By Lavender Luz on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm.

As the adoptive mother of a special needs son I really have found help in “Adopting the Hurt Child” by Gregory Keck.

By mammaofnine on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm.

Children’s Books: “Mother Bridge of Love” by Xinran is a favorite.  I also really liked “Orange Peel’s Pocket” by Rose Lewis.

“Pushing up the Sky” by Terra Trevor is a memorable adoption memoir for me.

By Stacy Clark on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm.

1. My favorite memoir was “Adopting Alosha” the author was a single Dad adopting a boy from Russia.  His insecurities, struggles, triumphs and urning to love a child all shows through with humor.  I was crying and laughing out loud at the same time reading this one.

1. I also loved a collection of memoirs called “A love like no other, stories from adoptive parents”  edited by Pamela Druger and Jill Smolowe.  Since every adoption is different and special in their own way it was nice to read about other people’s journey to have their family.

2. My favorite children’s book is “Mishka an adoption tale” by Adrienne Ehlert Bashista.  I cry every time I read how the boy and teddy bear don’t understand why they can’t go home with their parents on the first trip to adopt from Russia.  Leaving my daughter there was incredibly difficult for me knowing that I would be missing more of her life till the second trip.

3. “The Russian Adoption Handbook” by John H. Maclean was a bit outdated but was still a wonderful read.  His tips on packing was invaluable and the chapter on medical conditions was instrumental in being able to bringing home our daughter who has moderate Cerebral Palsy.

By Lucky family of 7 on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm.

My favorite Parenting Guide has been “Parenting with Love and Logic” by Cline and Fay.  I love that it gives good practical advice more then theories but is done in a way that can be applied to almost any situation.

By stllc116 on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm.

I want to nominate “Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir,” in all 3 of your contest categories.  It’s a wonderful adoption story, it’s written so that kids can understand it, and it’s a great guide for somebody considering international adoption and all the snags and joys involved.  Jessica O’Dwyer, the author is married to my first cousin and with 2 Guatemalan adopted children, they are one of the happiest families I know.  Now we’re waiting for the movie!

By joyceweaver on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm.

most moving adoption memoir: “Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir” by Jessica O’Dwyer. Its was not only a great read but also very helpful on the ins and and of adoption. By the end of the of the book you feel like you are her best friend and apart of the fight for the kids!

By kellysummers on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm.

Most Moving Adoption: by far, “Mamalita,” by Jessica O’Dwyer. It’s a moving, gripping story of what it really means to be a mom.

By HalleysComet on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 1:41 am.

Most moving adoption memoir:  Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir
by Jessica O’Dwyer. It will make you cry, laugh and think!

Favorite book:  Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
by Jamie Lee Curtis.  Love retelling it using details of
my children.

Favorite magazine/guide:  Adoptive Families, because it’s
very informative and helpful and has great articles.

By guatamama on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 1:55 am.
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