Books about adopted characters

The Last Firefox

Every family is different, and it's always wonderful to see part of your own experience reflected in a book.

This is a selection of fantastic books – some funny, some exciting, some magical – where the main character is adopted.

  • Forever Star

    Author: Gareth Peter and Judi Abbot

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Forever Star

    Author: Gareth Peter and Judi Abbot

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This sweet rhyming tale about a same-sex couple adopting a child is a lovely read for any family, but perhaps particularly ones wi…

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  • The Blanket Bears

    Author: Samuel Langley-Swain Illustrator: Ashlee Spink

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • The Blanket Bears

    Author: Samuel Langley-Swain Illustrator: Ashlee Spink

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Alone in the snow, two little bears are cold, scared and missing much of their fur. Thankfully, help arrives in the form of Tilly,…

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • My Daddies!

    Author: Gareth Peter Illustrator: Garry Parsons

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This rhyming picture book celebrating same sex parents is a gentle and sweet read, with the added bonus of including mention of a …

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  • We Are Family

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Ryan Wheatcroft

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • We Are Family

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Ryan Wheatcroft

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    On each double-page spread of this vibrant, lovely book, families show the different ways they experience a variety of common expe…

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  • Ballerina Dreams

    Author: Michaela and Elaine DePrince Illustrator: Ella Okstad

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6-8

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  • Ballerina Dreams

    Author: Michaela and Elaine DePrince Illustrator: Ella Okstad

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6-8

    This heart-warming true story about working hard to achieve your dreams will inspire children to believe that they can be whoever …

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  • Love from Paddington

    Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum and R W Alley

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Love from Paddington

    Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum and R W Alley

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 6+

    Here are fifteen letters from Paddington Bear to his Aunt Lucy in the Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Peru.

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  • The Last Firefox

    Author: Lee Newbery Illustrator:

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Last Firefox

    Author: Lee Newbery Illustrator:

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A funny, enchanting adventure about a scared boy, a magical fox, a monstrous shape-shifting beast and finding the courage to prote…

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  • Ballet Shoes

    Author: Noel Streatfeild

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Ballet Shoes

    Author: Noel Streatfeild

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    First published in the 1930s, this classic story of three very different girls who work hard to master their talents has captivate…

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  • The Boy With Wings

    Author: Lenny Henry Illustrator: Keenon Ferrell and Mark Buckingham

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Boy With Wings

    Author: Lenny Henry Illustrator: Keenon Ferrell and Mark Buckingham

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    A funny and exciting school story that turns into a wild fantasy adventure when Tunde dicovers he can sprout giant wings and his d…

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  • When Secrets Set Sail

    Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Evan Hollingdale

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • When Secrets Set Sail

    Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Evan Hollingdale

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This moving tale centres around two eleven-year-old girls, Usha - a quiet introvert grieving for her grandmother - and Imtiaz, who…

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  • Anne of Green Gables

    Author: L M Montgomery

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Anne of Green Gables

    Author: L M Montgomery

    Interest level: 9-13

    Reading age: 9+

    Anne Shirley is one of literature's finest heroines, and this first book of her adventures is the perfect book about growing up, f…

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  • The Tale of Angelino Brown

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Alex T Smith

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • The Tale of Angelino Brown

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Alex T Smith

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9-12

    The Tale of Angelino Brown is a gorgeous, heartfelt poem to the hope that all children bring to the world, if only they are allowe…

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  • The Crowstarver

    Author: Dick King-Smith

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Crowstarver

    Author: Dick King-Smith

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    As ‘Spider’ grows up, it becomes apparent that despite his physical and learning disabilities, he has a remarkable gif…

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  • A Nest Of Vipers

    Author: Catherine Johnson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

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  • A Nest Of Vipers

    Author: Catherine Johnson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

    We meet Cato Hopkins in Newgate Prison in September 1712, on the morning of the day he is due to be hanged for fraud.

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  • Liam

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Illustrator: Dan Taylor

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Liam

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah Illustrator: Dan Taylor

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 7-9

    Teenager Liam plans to track down his birth parents, but there are secrets and surprises in store along the way in this short illu…

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  • The Trilogy of Two

    Author: Juman Malouf

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Trilogy of Two

    Author: Juman Malouf

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

    Fans of Philip Pullman’s sophisticated fantasy will love Juman Malouf’s intricate, strange world of urchin children in a shadowy w…

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