November is National Adoption month and the library has many titles on the subject.
There are books on the adoption process, preparing children for the arrival of a new sibling, and books to help parents answer questions the adoptive children they may have. There are also collections of essays written by both adoptive parents and adopted children, sharing their personal experiences on how they became a family. Among these, there are titles for all ages from adult nonfiction to young adult, and picture books for children.
"Adoption & Surrogacy in Florida: The Legal and Practical Sourcebook for Laypersons and Lawyers" by Melissa Tartaglia, is a comprehensive guide to the legal aspects of adoption in Florida. It includes dozens of reproducible forms, (also downloadable from the included CD) encompassing the straightforward to the more complicated forms of adoption. The book also lists dozens of online adoption resources.
Sherrie Eldridge is an author, speaker, and trainer whose book, "20 Things Adopted Parents Need to Succeed," addresses what she views as the core concerns of adoptive parents. Blending personal narratives and research, Eldridge writes that she hopes the reader will gain a new confidence in parenting, gain a connection with other adoptive parents, and learn to create a nurturing environment. The book includes tips on how and when to talk about adoption, how to answer questions about the birth parents, and even how to deal with insensitive remarks.
"The Lucky Ones; Our Stories of Adopting Children from China," edited by Ann Rawhala is a compilation of essays written by parents who far too often hear the comment "She was lucky!" referring to their adopted child. These adopted parents make it very clear in these poignant stories that they consider themselves to be the lucky ones.
"All About Adoption: How to Deal with Questions of Your Past" by Ann Lanchon, illustrated by Monike Czarnecki is written for teens. With colorful, comic illustrations, this book tackles some of the concerns teens have regarding their birth parents, questions from friends, family issues, and many other topics.
"Tell Me Again about the Night I was Born" by Jamie Lee Curtis with illustrations by Laura Cornell remains a popular title for young children since its publication in 1996. A young girl asks to be told once again the heartwarming and humorous story of the day her parents received the call announcing she had been born, followed by her trip home, and her first night with her new parents. Other choices for children are Fred Rogers' "Let's Talk about Adoption," and "Over the Moon: an Adoptive Tale," by Karen Katz who also illustrated the book with vibrant folk-art style pictures.
Speaking Volumes, written by Manatee County Public Library System staff members, is published each Sunday. Access the library online at www.mymanatee.org/library.html.
Mary Lysaght is the Assistant Supervisor at the Rocky Bluff Branch Library.