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A Euro-American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China  by Chris Winston    Part memoir, part parenting guide, this book shares how a mother worked to meet her children's needs and, in doing so, birthed a new kind of community.


A Ghost at Heart's Edge  by Susan Ito and Tina Cervin (editors)    Fifty short stories and poems reveal the sometimes heartbreaking, often affirming tales of adoption. Written from the point of view of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees, this unique anthology spans nations and cultures. Includes authors Alison Lurie, Isabel Allende, Sandra McPherson, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Louise Erdrich, Chitra Divakaruni, and Lynna Williams.


Adopted and Loved Forever  by Annetta E. Dellinger   This Concordia-published book features an Asian girl who describes what it means to be adopted. Emphasizes that parents of adopted children chose them, love them, and will never leave them. Includes several scriptural references.


Adopted from Asia: How It Feels to Grow Up in America  by Frances M. Koh    Collection of rich personal stories of eleven adopted Korean-born children.


Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives and Friends Must Know  by Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS   Book's conversational tone and wealth of information is geared to help family members become adoption experts (and advocates!) in no time.


Adoption is For Always  by Linda Walvoord Girard   Parents reassure Celia that she is a permanent part of their family. Black and white sketches.


Beginnings: How Families Came to Be  by Virginia Kroll    Tells story of six children and how they came to join their families - including an adopted Korean girl.


Blessings From Above  by Patti Henderson    Momma-Roo longs for a baby to fill her empty pouch. Her dream comes true, but not in the way she expects...written by adoptive mom and illustrated by adoptee with a Christian perspective.


Carolyn's Story  by Perry Schwartz   True story of nine-year-old girl born in Honduras and then adopted by US parents. Written in her voice with lots of photos.


Chinese Eyes  by Marjorie Ann Waybill    An elementary-age girl, adopted from Korea, deals with prejudice at school with the support of her parents.


Dear Birthmother: Thank You for Our Baby  by Kathleen Silber and Phyllis Speedlin   Collection of letters between birthparents and adoptive parents . . . people who share a unique connection -- a child.


Emma's Yucky Brother  by Jean Little    Emma discovers just how much her brother (adopted at age four) means to her when he runs away from home.


Forever Fingerprints  by Sherrie Eldridge   Lucie's aunt and uncle are having a baby, which makes Lucie wonder about her birth mother and what it was like before she was born.


Happy Adoption Day!  lyrics by John McCutcheon    To be read or sung, this book celebrates the annual anniversary day of an adopted child's joining of the family.


International Adoption Travel Journal  by Mary Peteryl   Travel diary designed specifically for families who are journeying to pick up their new child. Includes six sections: adoption specific information; flight itineraries; daily journal pages; cities, accommodations, and foods; thoughts and activities upon arriving home; and a telephone and address book.


Is That Your Sister?  by Catherine and Sherry Bunin    Mother-daughter team share biracial family story and pics regarding the adoption of another sister. B&W '70s photos...excellent dialogue. There is an updated version of this book that appeared to be illustrated instead.


Jin-Woo  by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet    Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents still love him, he decided that having a baby brother will be fine. It's hard to tell which tells the more powerful story...the text or the pictures.


Katie-Bo  by Iris L. Fisher    Boy tells story of how his sister joined the family (escort story).


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.


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.