Exciting news: my new book, A Nest for Merry, is due to launch in a few days, and in fact it is already available on Amazon (here: A Nest for Merry).
I wrote this book to fill a gaping hole in the foster care and adoption literature market when I noticed that children's books about fostering and adoption don't allow children any room for attachment to their foster carers. Many books are written with adoption as the 'terribly special and very happy ending' and whilst this is, of course, the case, it doesn't validate the mixed feelings which almost all children have when leaving either their birth family or foster family and entering an adoptive family.
A Nest for Merry is a children's book that tells the story of Merry, a little blackbird who has been abandoned in her nest by her mother bird and who ends up falling out of a hole in the badly made nest. Merry is rescued by Jo, a robin foster-bird, who tells her that it is her job to look after little birds who fall out of their nests, when their parents are not able to.
After some initial hesitation and worries, Merry settles into Jo's next and starts to grow and thrive. Unable to return to her home nest, Merry gets used to her new life with the bobbing foster bird and forms a strong attachment to her foster mother. Jo loves Merry too, but as the blackbird grows she realises that it's time for Merry to find a new mother and nest. How will Merry react to the idea of moving on from the place where she finally feels safe?
It's a touching book with what I think is a beautiful metaphor to help children transition both from birth families to foster care and from foster care to their forever home, through adoption. It's aimed at children of primary school age - approximately between five and eleven and is a small book with seven short chapters following Merry's journey, rather than a picture book.
Uplifting and emotional, this book will help children transition and will validate their feelings at every step of the way. Whilst it won't fit perfectly with every child's individual circumstances, it still works as a perfect analogy about change, flying high and finding a nest where you belong.
Eleanor de Bruin
Arran (age 7): "I think it's a good book for helping people to understand that adoption is a good thing."
Eilidh (age 5): "I felt happy at the end because she had a lot of people to love. Way more than she did at the start."