Endorsed by Adoption UK, recommended by clinical psychologists.
Written by Samuel Langley-Swain
Illustrated by Ashlee Spink
A book for every parent who wants their children to understand adoption.
Adoption is a key story that's close to our hearts. Having used many story books to help our children understand their adoption journey, nothing seemed to cover the whole journey from the child's perspective. After showing the book to families and professionals, it was clear this story would be perfect for those adoptive families with younger children, as a soft and sensitive warm up to life story work. This way they can understand the concept of adoption first, making it easier for parents to help them understand their own life story.
Told through the eyes of two little bears who go on a 'typical' adoption journey, their happy ending is important for children going through their own journeys to have hope and also for friends, families and schools to understand their journeys better.
"In order to heal and thrive, every adopted child needs a coherent 'story' of this journey, starting as soon as possible in an age-appropriate way. The Blanket Bears doesn't minimise the adverse experiences from which children have been removed for their safety, but provides a gentle yet honest account of the adoption journey, upon which further conversations between adopters and their young children can be built." - Clinical Psychologist Dr Meryl Forse, a specialist working with adopted children and families.
"Adopted children need to make sense of the past, to recognise its legacy, and to form their own identity. All of us who want a safe way to help young children come to terms with being adopted will enjoy sharing this book with our 'little bears'." - Sue Armstrong Brown, Chief Executive of Adoption UK.
The Blanket Bears
"What a wonderful book! It doesn’t shy away from difficult or adverse topics but presents them in a gentle and empathetic way" @thelittleliterarysociety
"It is a wonderful exploration of the world of adoption and introduces life, story and work in a subtle, yet poignant manner" @kerlindamian
"There is no use of the term “mum and dad”, just simply “parents”, making the book inclusive and reflective of all families" @samesexparents⠀