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Much of this information is useful for any adoption, but this blog is designed to be a
I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Adoption Books & Resources

Adoption Books and Resources is a collection of lists and sites that can help you get more information.

Adoption Books
heritage and country of Ethiopia,
more Ethiopia,
Everyone Can Make A Difference places which provide help in Ethiopia, how to be involved.
Ethiopian Food
Resources list
all resource posts
more resource list
Amazon Ethiopian Adoption book list
parent adoption education
heritage camps
online support groups

Be sure to see the side bar lists of links: 

Resources- this is a list of web sites and blogs that post REALLY useful information and updates on Ethiopian adoption.
Everyone Can Make a Difference - this is a list of web sites and blogs belonging to organizations that work in Ethiopia for humanitarian reasons and ways you can be involved and make a difference for one.
Ethiopia- this is a list of interesting sites that tell you more about Ethiopia

Book Lists-
please post your own suggestions in the comments section!!!!
I have put a * by those I feel are an essential read.

Adoption and race for parents:
*The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis THIS IS THE MUST READ BOOK
*Attaching in adoption by Deborah Grey
*There is no me without you by Melissa Fay Green
*Parenting the Hurt Child by Gregory C. Keck and Regina Kupecky
*Brothers and Sisters in Adoption  by Arleta M. James (if you have other kids in the family)
*Toddler Adoption, the Weaver's Craft  by Hopkins-Best (if your child to be is under age 7)

I'm chocolate you're vanilla by Marguerite A. Wright
Before You were mine (on making a Christian life book)*
Twenty Things Adopted Kids wish their parents knew by Sherrie Eldridge
Parenting your adopted older child
Our own: adopting an older child
Older Child Adoption

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. A Guide for Relatives and Friends by Elisabeth O'Toole
This Means War by Cheryl Ellicot
Taming the tiger while it is still a kitten by Nancy Thomas -- I found this book to be a complimentary (to the Deborah Gray's book) list of attachment signs to look for and practical ideas for attachment. It is more of a booklet. I do not know anything about her particular theory's as this book does not address that. I understand that parts of it may be controversial, but I like the lists and the things to do are very practical and are confirmed in many other books by other authors. Her book, When Love is Not Enough is an excellent book for parents with kids who are having more serious issues attaching. 

Adoption for kids:
Emma's Yucky Brother by Jean Little (not a yucky book but a yucky title that I don't favor. For siblings already in the home and pertaining to older child adoption).
Rosie's Family Lori Rosove
I love you like Crazy Cakes by Lewis
Horace by Holly Keller
Who are my real parents by D. L. Fuller
Welcome Home forever child by Christine Mitchell (older child adoption)
Little Miss Spider by David Kirk
God Found Us You  
A Blessing From Above by Patti Henderson
Family Day: Celebrating Ethan's Adoption Day
Colors come from God Just like me by Carolyn Forche*
Brown Like Me by Noelle Lamperti
Star of the Week
In My Heart by Molly Bang
Yafi's Family: an Ethiopian boy's journey of love, loss and adoption by Linda Pettitt

Books for siblings:
Just Add One Chinese Sister


Is That Your Sister?: A True Story of Adoption


Emma's Yucky Brother (I Can Read Book 3)


Jin Woo


Things Little Kids Need to Know


Waiting for May


Bringing Asha Home


A New Barker in The House (Barker Twins)


A Sister for Matthew


Sister-Brother Adoption Day: Updated Edition


Seeds of Love: For Brothers and Sisters of International Adoption


*There is no me without you by Melissa Fay Green
The sign and the seal by Graham Hancock
Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood by Nega Mezlekia
This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes by Marilyn Berger
Vertical Ethiopia, Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa by Majka Burhardt
Coffee Story: Ethiopia by Majka Burhardt, Matt Samet, and Steve Holt
Ethiopia and the Bible (Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology) by Edward Ullendorff
The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope by Catherine Hamlin
The Scent of Eucalyptus: A Missionary Childhood in Ethiopia by Daniel Coleman 
Bikila: Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian by Tim Judah
The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird 

Ethiopia for kids:
Pulling the Lion's whiskers and other Ethiopian tales by Ashabranner and Davis
The storytellers beads by Jane Kurtz
Jane Kurtz books for kids -all of them
The Perfect Orange by Frank Araujo
Fire on the Mountain by Jane Kurtz
E Is for Ethiopia (World Alphabets) by Ashenafi Gudeta, Ataklti Mulu, Betelhem Abate, and Dama Boru 
A Saint and His Lion: The Story of Tekla of Ethiopia By Elaine Murray Stone
Ethiopia: A Question and Answer Book (Fact Finders) by Englar and Mary
A Family from Ethiopia (Families Around the World) by Julia Waterlow 
With Two Hands: Stories of God at work in Ethiopia (Hidden Heroes) by Rebecca Davis
Ethiopian Voices: Tsion's Life by Stacy Bellward and Erlend Berge 
When the World Began: Stories Collected in Ethiopia (Oxford Myths & Legends) by Elizabeth Laird 
Ethiopia: A Question and Answer Book (Fact Finders) by Mary Englar 
Ethiopia in Pictures, 2nd Edition (Visual Geography. Second Series) by Jeffery Zuehlke
Saba: Under the Hyena's Foot (Girls of Many Lands) by Jane Kurtz
Only a Pigeon by Jane Kurtz
The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela by Cristina Kessler
Pulling the Lion's Tail (Hardcover) by Jane Kurtz

These books relate to stories in Ethiopia and can be easily transferred or are just plain cute.
One Hen - How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
Beatrice's Goat
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story fro...
Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Amistad)
Africa Is Not A Country by Margy Burns Knight

Curly Like Me: How to grow your hair, healthy, long and strong     by Teri LaFlesh
Going Natural: How to fall in love with nappy hair     by Mireille Liong-A-Kong
Curly Girly: the handbook      by Lorraine Massey and Michele Bender

A link to another books list "setting is Ethiopia" list on

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