Best Books on Foster Care

At Foster Wales Cardiff we believe books are an amazing way to develop imagination in young people and as they grow up, many children will relate to characters they read about.

Sometimes, children looked after can feel slightly different to other children and may not see themselves represented in the books they read. Here is a list of the best children’s books on foster care that we think represent diversity in families and cultures.

The Best Books on Foster Care

Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker Series

Written almost 30 years ago, the Tracy Beaker series has stood the test of time. Tracy Beaker has become one of the most popular children’s series of the last 20 years, having its own TV series and even a video game based on the books. Whilst Tracy might not be the ideal model child behaviourally, the series has heart and a clear message of compassion for children placed in care. Recommended Age 9-11.

Dennis and the Big Decisions – Paul Sambrooks

This clever little picture book follows the story of Dennis Duckling, a duckling in foster care. The key message from this book is that Dennis’s feelings as a child in care are important. This book would be a great read for young children who may not fully understand what being in foster care means yet. Recommended Age 2-5.

And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson and Henry Cole

Based on the true story of two penguins at Central Park Zoo, ‘And Tango Makes Three’ is a heart-warming story. Advocating for adoption for same-sex couples. A picture book for younger children, this book would be a great starting point for any parents or carers wishing to open up a conversation with children about same sex couples or adoption. Recommended Age 3-6.

Finding a Family for Tommy – Rebecca Daniel

Written for children in foster care and adopted children, ‘Finding a Family for Tommy’ follows a little boy searching for a new family. This book helpfully provides guidelines for adults reading the story to encourage and initiate conversation with the child about fostering. This book would be a helpful for birth children, whose parents are considering fostering and welcoming a child into their home.  Recommended Age 3-6.

Families, Families, Families – Max & Suzanne Lang

This book displays many different combinations of families. Featuring some great fun illustrations of animal families which younger children will love. Recommended Age 3-7.

Why not borrow one, or more than one, of these brilliant books from Cardiff Hubs and Libraries. Pop into your local facility to find out what’s available.

You can also browse the library catalogue here and if you’re already a library member, you can reserve a title and collect it at a hub or library near to you.

If you’re not a member – sign up today! You can sign up online or pop in to see us.

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