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Wonderful You: An Adoption Story by Lauren McLaughlin; illustrated by Meilo So

Wonderful You: An Adoption Story

Never have I read a book that so beautifully captures the dreams of young mothers for their unborn children. To be sure, Wonderful You is an adoption story, but it is about so much more than adoption. Mothers have dreams and visions of what their life will be like once a baby comes and I feel like adoptive or birth mothers have similar visions. I can only imagine that the mother giving up her child for adoption hopes the adoptive parents live up to her dreams. Both mothers want the best life for their new babies and want the babies to feel loved and supported. Wonderful You captures those feelings beautifully.

Especially captivating are the watercolor illustrations. They make you feel dreamy, like you’re in the heads and hearts of both families. And the fact that the adoptive parents are multicultural are an extra bonus!

Wonderful you is a lovely  book but it’s not just for adoptive families; it’s for every family that wants to show their child that they, too are Wonderful.

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

2 replies on “Wonderful You: An Adoption Story by Lauren McLaughlin; illustrated by Meilo So”

This looks amazing! I love good adoption stories. We are so thankful for our children’s birth mothers and think of them often.

What an awesome review, Pam! Sounds like a great book! I’m always looking for great reads like this – we adopted Little Dude when he was 4 – he came from a world of drug addicts, so we’re so happy we get the opportunity to give him a chance at a good life! 🙂

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