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National Adoption Day

The Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 20 this year) is National Adoption Day. The day is designed to bring “awareness of the more than 120,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States.” To recognize this day (and National Adoption Month), follow the age-level specific links below for recommended titles (at the time of publication) about foster care and/or adoption. Reviews from The Horn Book Magazine and the Guide/Reviews Database. See also Kitty's moving 2020 post for World Adoption Day. 

Foster care

Picture books

Chapter books

Middle-grade fiction (including 2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and Newbery Honoree Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley) 

Young adult fiction

Nonfiction (all YA)


Picture books

Early readers and Chapter books

Middle-grade fiction

Young adult fiction

Nonfiction (all ages)

Kitty Flynn
Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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