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Korean Word Book by Marshall R. Pihl Gorgeously illustrated book teaching Korean words and customs to children, with each word written in hangul as well as phonetically and in English. Pages can be copied and used as coloring pages. Audio CD included as well. May be out of print but is available used.
Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction edited by Heinz Insu Fenkl and Walter K. Lew
Land of the Morning Calm: Korean Culture, Then and Now by John Stickler Presented in picture-book format, this book contains basic cultural information for older readers.
Language of Blood by Jane Jeong Trenka Memoir of Korean-born adoptee who tackles the issue of identity head on...with her Korean family, her adoptive family, and with others in society who seek to define her, including a stalker.
Let's Learn about Korea by Suzanne Crowder Han Introduces Korean customs as well as Korean values and ideas, presented through the eyes of a young Korean girl as she goes about her daily life. Great for young children.
Let's Talk About Adoption by Fred Rogers Very short, simple text with photos - suitable for a younger audience than many of these other books.
Let's Talk about Racism by Diane Shaughnessy Supports child's sense of self, celebrates his or her sense of uniqueness, and discusses the idea that the nature of some people's ignorance is born of fear.
Let's Visit Korea by Suzanne Crowder Han Introduce children to Korean history, people and customs. As Nick and Mona tour the country with their parents, they visit some of Korea's most picturesque spots and the major monuments of Korea's ancient civilization.
Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child by Beth O'Malley Advice for parents on creating a lifebook that is sensitive, appropriate, and meaningful for their children.
Living Abroad in South Korea by Jonathan Hopfner
Long, Long Time Ago by Dong-sung Kim Twenty Korean folktales, illustrated in soft watercolors.
Look What We've Brought You From Korea by Phyllis Shalant Contains crafts, games, recipes, stories, and other cultural activities, presented by Korean Americans.
Looking at Each Other: Korean and Western Cultures in Contrast by Marion E. Current
Looking for a Mr. Kim in Seoul: A Guide to Korean Expressions by Sang-Hun Choe and Christopher Torchia
Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood by Richard E. Kim Seven vivid scenes from a boyhood and early adolescence in Korea at the height of the Japanese occupation, 1932 to 1945. Taking its title from the grim fact that the occupiers forced the Koreans to renounce their own names and adopt Japanese names instead, the book follows one Korean family through the Japanese occupation to the surrender of the Japanese empire.
Lotus Seeds and Lucky Stars: Asian Myths and Traditions about Pregnancy and Birthing, by Shu Shu Costa
Lucky Girl by Me-Ling Hopgood Mei-Ling has no interest in her Chinese roots...and then her birth family comes calling.
Lucy's Family Tree by Karen Halvorsen Schreck When Lucy comes home from school with a family tree assignment, she asks her parents to write her a note to excuse her from the task. Lucy's adoption from Mexico makes her feel as though her family is too "different," but her parents gently and wisely challenge Lucy to find three families that are the "same." Lucy ends up creating a family tree that celebrates both her past and present. Two pages at the back of the book offer further suggestions for parents and teachers.
Lucy's Feet by Stephanie Stein Daughter is confused that fact that people keep commenting on her baby brother's resemblance to her parents. Who does she look like? Helps children realize that it is all right to have mixed feelings about adoption and their relationship to their siblings.
Magic Spring by Nami Rhee Korean folktale of an older couple who discover the fountain of youth, and a greedy neighbor who does as well.