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Time for Korean Inshil Choe Yoon This two volume set is an excellent program for teaching the Korean language to kids.
Grown in the Heart imported from Finland by Adopt Shoppe Part lifebook, part meditation for adoptive parents, focusing on the first year of life together.
Trans World Adoption Organizer by Adopt Shoppe This system provides a way to organize, store, and transport adoption paperwork. Includes sample copies of current government forms, web resources, and checklists.
Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families by Myra Alperson Advocates and provides suggestions on forging a family that represents more than one culture.
The International Adoption Handbook by Myra Alperson (Holt)
Real for Sure Sister by Ann Angel Chapter book. A family, including children adopted from various cultures, await another sibling - but not another brother, like oldest daughter Amanda wants.
Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley This is a story about a Asian-American boy who desperately wants to be noticed for something "clever" like others in his class...then discovers that he is the only one who can use chopsticks. This story is geared for preschoolers.
The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism by Debra Van Ausdale & Joe R. Feagin Results of a study on nursery school children and the degree to which they recognize sameness and difference in social situations. Interesting information though the study is critiqued for lack of data to give it depth.
What Will You Be, Sara Me? by Kate Aver Avraham Brother Chong is excited to see what his little sister will pick from the table at her tol (first-birthday celebration).
New Clothes for New Year's Day by Hyun-Joo Bae A young girl dresses in her new clothes to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker About an adoptive family made up of a religious, academician mother, a PT Barnum-type promoter father, and two Korean-American kids who make sense of their upbringing as best they can.
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.
Tae's Sonata by Haemi Balgassi A Korean-American eight-grader, who just wants to fit in, is distraught when assigned a report on South Korea . . . especially when her partner happens to be one of the most popular boys in school.
Together Forever by Sara L.F. Barris and Doryce Penn Seltzer Coloring book that teaches children about adoption through a simple, touching story.
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof!: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler Title of this fun little book is self-explanatory; Koreans are among the "roof-throwers".
Halmoni's Day by Edna Coe Bercaw Jennifer's grandmother arrives from Korea just in time for Grandparent's Day.
Under Our Skin - Kids Talk about Race by Debbie and Tom Birdeye Six students aged 12 to 13 openly discuss racial issues.
Seeds from a Silent Tree edited by Tonya Bishoff and Jo Rankin This collection of essays, poems, and fiction (written by 30 Korean adoptees) is described as both powerful and candid. Others call it as a sad but a valuable read.
Dialogues about Adoption: Conversations between Parents and Their Children by Linda Bothun Provides sample conversations covering every aspect of adoption, and includes information on relevant developmental information.
When Friends Ask About Adoption by Linda Bothun Basic question and answer format book, addressing adoption for those new to the process or unable to articulate responses in a way they find acceptable and comfortable.