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Children's Nonfiction Adoption

I'm Adopted!

by (author) Shelley Rotner & Sheila M. Kelly

Holiday House
Initial publish date
Jan 2012
Adoption, General, NON-CLASSIFIABLE
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2011
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2012
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 2 to 5


Why was I adopted? What was it like where I was born? How did you find me? Children have many questions about adoption. With a perceptive text and dynamic photographs, the creators of this book demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

About the authors

Shelley Rotner is a noted freelance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic's World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning children's books. Her most recent books include Many Ways, Every Season, and Feeling Thankful.

Shelley has also traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women, and education. Currently, Ms. Rotner is working on a collection of large, hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels.

Shelley Rotner received her undergraduate degree in photography and psychology from Syracuse University and a dual Master's degree in elementary education and museum education from Bank Street College.

Shelley Rotner's profile page

Sheila M. Kelly is a published author of children's books. Some of the published credits of Sheila M. Kelly include De Muchas Maneras / Many Ways: Como Las Familias Practican Sus Creencias Y Religiones / How Families Practice Their Beliefs And Religions, Lots of Grandparents (Single Titles (Paperback)), The A.D.D. Book for Kids, and Feeling Thankful. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she now lives in Austin, Texas.  

Sheila M. Kelly's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This introduction to adoption for very young children stands out in its clear, accessible approach to a topic that many adults may still find difficult to address . . . A valuable resource to help explain their backgrounds to adopted children or to introduce the concept to anyone wondering about adoption."—Kirkus Reviews
"A simple, conversational text and loads of colorful, engaging photos broadly cover how and why families are formed through adoption. . . . Young children . . . will find the straight-forward discussion reassuring and easy to understand."—Horn Book Magazine
"With beautiful, close-up color photos of loving families on every page, this joyful celebration of adoption also addresses the questions many adopted children want to talk about . . . Kids will want to talk about all the big issues, starting with those int their own families."—Booklist
"[a] clear and reassuring introduction to the topic of adoption."—Publishers Weekly
"Rotner's experience as a photojournalist is evident in her excellent compositions and vibrant images of children playing, laughing, and smiling with their new adoptive families. . . . The language is nonjudgmental and empathetic."—School Library Journal

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