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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.