Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature

Overview

To help librarians and teachers gain a deeper understanding of this sensitive subject, Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature takes a close look at 115 works of children's literature that have themes related to adoption and foster care, including many that have received the Newberry Award, Caldecott Award, or other prestigious honors from the American Library Association.

Family Matters is not just a digest of titles. It is an expert resource for ...

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Overview

To help librarians and teachers gain a deeper understanding of this sensitive subject, Family Matters: Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature takes a close look at 115 works of children's literature that have themes related to adoption and foster care, including many that have received the Newberry Award, Caldecott Award, or other prestigious honors from the American Library Association.

Family Matters is not just a digest of titles. It is an expert resource for addressing adoption and foster care in the classroom, both as a literary subject and as a personal issue with students. The book opens with an historical overview of adoption and foster care, then reviews level-appropriate titles by age group—K-grade 2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8. Coverage includes discussions of the impact of adoption and foster care on normal development, as well as suggestions for safe language to use in the classroom, and fun, effective activities for each title.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This may be the first library resource of its kind in two decades, perhaps ever. Although many children's literature bibliographies exist that regularly include the subject of adoption, this handy paperback is dedicated to the topic. . . . This reference work is an informative goldmine for librarians, parents, and teachers seeking appropriate reading opportunities for their special audiences."

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ARBA

"Meese (special education, Longwood U.) reviews 115 children's books that feature themes related to adoption and foster care, which are organized by grade level and summarized, with suggestions and themes. She provides guidelines for evaluating books included and not included on award-winning book lists, developmental issues related to adoption and foster care, and suggestions for positive language, discussion, and sensitive assignments."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Charts, Venn diagrams, and extensive annotations supplement the annotated list of books for children in kindergarten through grade eight. Meese explains her rationale for choosing these books to that readers have the tools to evaluate other selections."

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School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Meese's goal is to help adults, particularly educators, select high-quality children's books about adoption and foster care and to raise awareness about the unique issues that adoptees often face. The author's most pointed words are reserved for educators, exhorting them to employ sensitive assignments and literature. For example, she suggests replacing "natural" when discussing an adoptee's family with "biological." The wording for assignments on family trees and autobiographies should be modified for children who do not have baby photos, or who have complicated family backgrounds. Charts, Venn diagrams, and extensive annotations supplement the annotated list of books for children in kindergarten through grade eight. Meese explains her rationale for choosing these books so that readers have the tools to evaluate other selections.—Deborah Vose, East Middle School and South Middle School, Braintree, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591587828
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 147
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 All Kinds of Families 1

Understanding Foster Care and Adoption 2

The Changing Nature of Adoption and Foster Care in the United States 3

Current Perceptions of Adoption and Foster Care 5

The Impact of Adoption and Foster Care on the Child 6

Summary 10

Chapter 2 Respecting Adoption and Foster Care in the Classroom through Sensitive Language, Assignments, and Literature 11

Using Positive Language 12

Adapting Sensitive Assignments 14

Timelines 14

Who's Who/Super Star/Student of the Week Bulletin Boards 15

Family Trees 15

Autobiographies 15

Family History/Family Traditions/Interviewing Older Family Members 15

Genetics/Inherited Characteristics/Medical History 16

Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature 16

Historical Influences on Adoption and Foster Care Literature 17

Contemporary Children's Literature on Adoption and Foster Care 18

Interpreting Literature on Adoption and Foster Care in the Classroom 19

Summary 19

Chapter 3 Selecting Children's Literature on Adoption and Foster Care 21

Finding Books Children Can Read 21

Lexile Measures 22

Accelerated Reader 22

Finding Quality Children's Literature 23

The Caldecott Medal and Honor Books 23

The Newbery Medal and Honor Books 23

The Children's Notable List 24

Guidelines for Analyzing Children's Literature on Adoption and Foster Care 24

Sampling Adoption and Foster Care Literature for K-8 Children 26

Summary 29

Chapter 4 Adoption and Foster Care Literature for Young Readers 31

Using Literature on Adoption and Foster Care in the K-2 Classroom 35

An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Literature on Adoption and Foster Care for Grades K-2 37

Summary 60

Chapter 5 Adoption and Foster Care Literature for Middle Readers 61

Using Literature on Adoption and Foster Care in Grades 3-5 62

An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Literature on Adoption and Foster Care for Grades 3-5 67

Summary 86

Chapter 6 Adoption and Foster Care Literature for Older Readers 87

Using Literature on Adoption and Foster Care in the 6-8 Classroom 95

An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Literature on Adoption and Foster Care for Grades 6-8 96

Summary 129

References 131

Appendix: Additional K-8 Children's Literature Having Adoption or Foster Care Themes 137

Index 141

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