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Books For Our Kids

As a mom to six, and having experience with children from many beginnings and backgrounds, Keri understands the challenges and circumstances that may arise when kids are displaced. She has also lovingly cared for at-risk youth from domestic violence backgrounds. Her books, with their lively illustrations, provide an identifiable story and comforting resolution for such children. They kindly speak to foster and fost-adopt children and resource families alike.


This book was written for foster children and fost-adopt children, or for children who are not able stay in their home for one reason or another and need to be placed in a new home. Follow along with a timid foster child and a teddy bear as they learn about their new home. A transition like this can be scary and this book helps a child understand and feel safe along their journey, all while providing comfort and acceptance into their new environment.

The book is an ideal tool to have available in social service agencies, law enforcement agencies, daycare and schools, as well as to have in a home library where foster children are living. Foster and resource families will find this book both helpful and inspirational.

When I Was Little

When I Was Little addresses overcoming the pain and difficulties children face in experiencing abuse or trauma in their young lives. 

This title is another amazing resource for families, social agencies, therapists and school libraries. It teaches compassion, understanding and that by trusting professionals, a child can feel confident and loved.




Tummy Mom is a sweet view of a child's journey to adoption. Keri Vellis wrote this easy to understand story for her adopted daughter Sara, as she had always referred to Sara's birth mom as her "Tummy Mom". 

Keri believes it is important that children know that families can come together in different ways; that a child doesn't have to be biologically related to their mom or dad to be a family. This beautifully illustrated book is also applicable to surrogacy, by teaching a child how they grew as a healthy baby through a Tummy Mom. This book is a great resource for adoptive families, educators and social service professionals.

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