the books listed under China do not focus on which country in Asia
and would also be appropriate for children adopted from
- Dreaming a World: Korean Birth Mothers Tell Their Stories by Sangsoon Han (ages 12-adult). A collection of stories from Korean Birth Mothers about their experience of giving up a child for adoption.
- A Single
Shard by Linda Sue Park (ages 9-12). A story about an orphan
girl raised in 12th century Korea.
- When My Name Was
Keoko by Linda Sue Park (ages 9-12). Two siblings search for
and try to maintain their cultural identity in Japanese-occupied
- Tales of a
Korean Grandmother: 32 Traditional Tales from Korea by Frances
Carpenter (ages 9-12). Collection of traditional Korean folk
- The Land of the
Dragon King and Other Korean Stories by Gillian McClure (ages
4-8). Collection of nine Korean folk tales suitable for younger
Children's Favorite Stories by Kim So-Un and Jeong Kyoung-Sim
(ages 9-12). An older collection of thirteen Korean folk tales that
contains new illustrations.
- Asian Children's
Favorite Stories: A Treasury of Folktales from China, Japan, Korea,
India, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia by
David Conger, Patrick Yee, Marian Davies Toth, and Kay Lyons (ages
4-8). A collection of 13 stories from several Asian countries.
Note: a bear's violent death is depicted in one of the
When You Were Born in
Korea by Brian Boyd (6-teens). Photo essay.
We Adopted You, Benjamin
Koo by Linda Walvoord Girard (ages 4-8)
Chinese Eyes by Marjorie
Waybill (ages 4-8). Addresses how to handle hurtful
I Wish for You a Beautiful
Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their
Children edited by Sara Dorow (ages 12-adult).
Land of Morning Calm: Korean
Culture Then and Now by John Stickler (ages 7-teens). This is the
best culture book I’ve found for elementary age
New Clothes for
New Year's Day (ages 3-6) by Hyun-joo Bae. This is not an
adoption book, but a great way to introduce Korean culture. This
beautiful picture book shows a young Korean girl welcoming in the
New Year in classic Koran style. It’s nice to have a book
that features Korean New Year celebration rather than the Chinese
Bee-bim Bop! by
Linda Sue Park. (ages 4-7) Oh, I love this book, and not just
because I love the dish. A busy Korean mom and her young daughter
prepare bee bim bop for dinner. In addition to learning about a
traditional Korean dish, you’ll also get a picture of Korean
Babies Can't Eat Kimchee! by Nancy Patz.
(ages 4-7) This is the tale of a big sis and a new baby and has
nothing to do with adoption. The big sister recites what she can do
that the baby can’t. The family is Korean American and
through the story you get to know more about Korean