Searching for…The You We Adore {a children’s adoption book review and giveaway}

For those who read my blog, you already know that I’m passionate about the great outdoors, special needs parenting and adoption. My motto is adventure for all, which was inspired by the adoption of Big Brother. If not for him, I’m not really sure that I would even feel inspired enough to keep up with the blog. It is my goal to weave together many stories on this blog that highlight and intertwine my three passions. Today I want to share with you all about an adoption-themed book for children. I know a lot of my readers are not necessarily touched by adoption, but I just had to share for those who are!

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like a copy of Searching for…the You We Adore. Of course I can’t pass up an adoption related book, so I excitedly said yes! The author, Valerie Westfall, was kind enough to provide a copy for one of my readers as well.


Searching for…The You We Adore by Valerie Westfall
Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

When the book arrived, my Little Man excitedly ran to the door to take the package from the delivery man. He immediately opened the package and we sat down, along with Big Brother, to read the story.

What I loved most about the book is that it is a beautifully illustrated and simple story that focuses on the love that adoptive parents feel for their child, especially during the waiting phase. In this story, the love of the waiting parents–symbolized by a red ribbon–is sent out all across the world in search of their child. I adore the fact that this book includes diversity and is suitable for all those who have adopted, whether it be domestically or internationally. The overriding theme is that the parents’ love is strong enough to send them searching to the ends of the earth for their child. You see, both literally and figuratively, we have traveled to the ends of the earth for our children. I love how this sweet book captures that fierce love in such a beautiful, simple way. There is no talk of paperwork or processes, only of the love that unites a family. You and your children will love this book and it will make a great addition to your child’s library!

My kids gave it two thumbs up πŸ™‚


You can purchase a copy of the book by visiting the website I listed above (psst….you can also preview the book at the site, so go check it out!)

So how can you enter to win a copy of this delightful book? All you need to do is leave a comment on this post! You can also earn additional entries, too. Here’s how to do it:

1. You must leave a comment on this post telling me how you are touched by adoption or why you would like to win this book. Make sure your email address is present when leaving the comment (not visible on the blog) so that I can contact you!

2. For one additional, optional entry you can share this post on your blog. Make sure to leave an additional comment on this post telling me you did so, and please share the link!

3. For an additional, optional entry you can tweet about this giveaway and leave an additional comment on this post telling me you did so. The tweet can go something like this: I just entered to win a cool children’s adoption themed book from @hikemama Check it out!

4. For an additional, optional entry you can go “like” my fb page and leave an additional comment here telling me you did so. If you are already a liker, just leave an additional comment telling me so!

One lucky winner will be chosen at random at 8 am on Tuesday, July 3.


I was provided a complementary copy of Searching for…the You We Adore. All opinions expressed, however, are my own.

21 thoughts on “Searching for…The You We Adore {a children’s adoption book review and giveaway}

  1. I would LOVE to get this book to give as a gift. I have several friends that have adopted and I would be ecstatic to have the dilemma of choosing which family to share it with!

  2. My family is touched by adoption through having adopted two 3 1/2 year olds from Vietnam in 2007. Now almost 9, I can’t imagine life without them. They are our pride and joy. Thank you for the give away.

  3. my other comment didn’t show up! Would love to read this book to see if it’s appropriate to share with my 3 yr old son, adopted domestically as an infant!

  4. We are embarking on concurrent US and Ethiopian adoptions so are excited to get our hands on useful resources. We cannot wait to welcome our kiddos home.

  5. Looks like a great book! Would love to share and with Max and Mia and whoever we bring home next! πŸ™‚ Will also like you FB page!

  6. I would LOVE to win this book b/c I need to build up my adoption related library for my daughter who has been home for almost 2 years already but doesn’t communicate well enough yet to have that understanding. So I would love to read to her messages like these so I can let it sink in enough so that when she IS ready to talk we have these loving truths as a foundation for our relationship.

  7. would love it. i have a fun collection for meg but have never seen this one before. ps: i’m already a liker of your fb pg. πŸ™‚

  8. I would love to have this book for my adopted daughter, Zoe. We welcomed her home from South Korea at 14 months. Now, we are in process again to adopt from HAITI! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  9. Dealing with adoption issues with Norah right now. Any positive reinforcement to show her she is loved and wanted would be nightly helpful right now. Thanks for the giveaway, Lauren!

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