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Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea  by Barbara Demick   Follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years that include the death of Kim Il-Sung, the rise of Kim Jong-Il, and a devastating famine that kills one-fifth of the population.


Older Brother, Younger Brother  by Nina Jaffe   After being turned out by his greedy older brother, Nolbu Hungbu and his family prosper when his kindness to an injured sparrow is richly rewarded.


On the Day You Were Born  by Debra Frasier   Again, not specific adoption story, but focuses on creation, birth in simple words and vibrant drawings – emphasizes that all children are born into the world the same way.


Once They Hear My Name:Korean adoptees and their journeys toward identity  by Ellen Lee, Marilyn Lammert, and Mary Anne Hess    Collection of stories and perspectives from nine adoptees.


Once Upon a Time      This international adoptee memory book can be customized for families who travel and those who do not. Sixty pages include 10 full-sized photo pages and document holders, all removable in this post-bound book.


One Afternoon  by Yumi Heo Korean author/ illustrator   Minho and his mom have busy afternoon of running errands. Simple text, slightly abstract pictures and sounds.


One Human Family and Other Stories  by Chung Yeun-Hee   Four short stories and a novella spanning the time between the Korean War and the dawn of the 21st century.


One Thousand Chestnut Trees  by Mira Stout    Korean-American woman traces her family's past.


One Wonderful You  by Francie Portnoy   Feel-good book for adoptive child helps them incorporate two family legacies into one self-definition. Shows how the child is a blend of two families: the physical traits and many of the personality traits that come from the birth family, plus the nurturing contributions of the adoptive family.


Oriental Children in American Homes  by Frances M. Koh    Author shares statistics and studies in an easy-to-read fashion - things that are important for adoptive parents to know.


Our Adoption Journey      Sixteen-month keepsake calendar containing pictures of adopted children, which provides space to record details and chart progress of adoption plans. Includes adoption-related stickers.


Our Own  by Trish Maskew   Deals with adopting older children and really does a good job of hitting the important topics.


Out of the Shadows: Birthfathers' Stories  by Mary Martin Mason   Seventeen men - including a Korean one - share poignant stories and feelings about their biological children for whom adoption plans were made.


Outsider's Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption  edited by Jane Jeong Trenka, Sun Yung Shin, and Julia Chinyere Oparah    Over thirty essays, poems, research, and artwork, adoptees challenge the narrative written for them by the institution of adoption and explore the issues they face.


Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale  by Karen Katz    Mystical story of one adoptive family's beginnings.


Paper Pavilion  by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs    Volume 12 of the White Pine Press Peotry Prize by a Korean adoptee.


Parenting Resource Manual  by the North American Council on Adoptable Children    For parents who are raising a child or another race, culture, or ethnicity...features articles on cultivating self-esteem, dealing with race, caring for hair and grooming, and finding community and national resources for families. Also contains creative writing from individuals raised by parents of a different race or culture.


Part of the Ribbon: A Time Travel Adventure through the History of Korea  by Debra M. Fritsch and Ruth S. Hunter   Action adventure story taking readers (ages 9 and up) on an exciting journey through Korean history, from its fabled birth over three thousand years ago to modern times as told through the eyes of six year old Charlotte and her thirteen year old brother Jeffrey. Provides look at the evolution of Korean culture, language and customs. Bibliography provided for reference and further reading.


Peacebound Trains  by Haemi Balgassi; illustrated by Chris Soentpiet    Sumi's grandmother tells the story of her family's escape from Seoul during the war, while they watch the trains that will eventually bring her mother back from Army service. Both author and illustrator are Korean-born.


Peach Heaven  by Yangsook Choi   The Korean town where Yangsook lives is famous for its wonderful peaches but one year a heavy rainstorm threatens the crop.