Children are unique, as are their stories, so while it is not a case of one size fits all, you may find sample books helpful. I use my Present ® Past ® Present ® Future format, use plenty of colour and clip art as well as photographs to engage the child, use child appropriate language and thread positive subliminal messages throughout the book.
To fully appreciate the rational and theory behind my approach, I encourage you to read ‘Life Story Books for Adopted Children’ or ‘Life Story Books for Children who are Adopted and Fostered’ before compiling your own book.
The updated book contains sample life story books for an adopted child and for a child in a long term foster placement and there is a link to other sample books on the publishers website for a relinquished baby, a Special Guardianship/kinship placement and for an inter-country adoption. The children in these books are fictitious, but I have drawn on the experiences of the children I have known, and from the many life story books I have written.