Books and Videos
Most of the websites which focus on attachment, adoption or attachment disorders list recommended books for professionals, parents and children. Therefore, we will not do the same. However, Kansas ATTACh has some of these books for sale through our chapter. If you are interested in purchasing them please contact a chapter representative.
When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD – Nancy L. Thomas ($12.00)
Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids: A Guide for Parents and Professionals – Gregory C. Keck & Regina M. Kupecky ($15.50)
Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow – Gregory Keck & Regina M. Kupecky ($15.50)
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children – Ross W. Greene ($11.50)
The Bipolar Child: The Definintive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder – Demitri F. Papolos, M.D. & Janice Papolos ($18.50)
Holding Time – Martha Welch & Mary Ellen Mark ($10.00)
There are many websites listing books geared towards younger children and adoption. We have listed some books and movies for children about 8 years old and up a well as some that we recommend for their themes.
You Are Special, You Are Mine, Because I Love You, Just The Way You Are, Best of All, If Only I Had a Green Nose, Just In Case You Ever Wonder and Hermie by Max Lucado.
The Forever Child: A Tale of Lies and Love by Nancy A. Clark, Bryan Post.
This is a story about a little girl called Ruby Rose who was abandoned in the forest and left for dead. Luckily, she was found by seven fairy godsisters who took her home and nurtured her back to good health. A childless king and queen, hearing of the abandoned child, eagerly bring her to live with them. The new parents, amazed by their good fortune, are surprised to find that their beautiful princess has a rather surprising habit of stretching the truth. In fact she tells the most outrageous lies. But why? The tale reflects the joys and pitfalls of adopting or fostering a child with a history of early trauma. It is accompanied by a parenting guide which provides practical step-by-step help in assisting families work through their child’s negative behaviors to achieve more positive ones. Purchase at www.foreverchild.net or Amazon.com.
The Great Gilly Hopkins – Katherine Paterson (ages 9-12)
Gilly Hopkins is determined to be an unpleasant 11 year-old foster kid. Gilly has been in the foster system all her life, and she dreams of getting back to her (as she imagines) wonderful mother. (The mother makes these longings worse by writing the occasional letter.) Gilly is all the more determined to leave after she is placed in a new foster home with a “gross guardian and a freaky kid.” But she soon learns about illusions the hard way.
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996) featuring Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
Finding Fish (Book) or Antwone Fisher (VHS or DVD) – Antwone Q. Fisher & Mim E. Rivas
Antwone Quenton Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment his single mother gave birth to him in prison. As a foster child, he endured more than a dozen years of emotional abandonment and physical abuse until he escaped and forged a life on the streets. Just as he was about to hit rock bottom, Antwone enlisted in the U.S. Navy – a decision that would ultimately save him. There, he became a man and discovered a loving family he never had. Through it all, Antwone refused to allow his spirit to be broken and never gave up his dream of a better day.
Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card
Bean is a superhuman child, raised on streets ruled by starving children’s gangs. When his genius and uncanny understanding of individuals’ motivations are discovered, he is sent to Battle School where children learn to command fleets for the war with the alien Buggers. Though Bean is cold at first, the kind of child who avoids hugging the nun who saved him from the streets, he wants to understand the respect and love that Ender wields. Thus, Bean’s lesson is twofold: he learns to be a soldier and to be a human.
The Miracle Worker – Movie or Book