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This list has been pre-screened. Books in this color were highly recommended by KAAN conference attendees.  Contact Us with additions or corrections.

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 and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings  by Marge Eaton Heegaard   


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.


Adopting the Older Child  by Claudia L. Jewett   


Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers  edited by Lansing Wood and Nancy Ng   


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.


Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings  by Cindy Probst    New, easy-to-read workbook for international adoptive parents and waiting parents who wish to document their children's early lives for them in the form of a lifebook. Through exercises and the text, readers become more comfortable telling children the truth about their beginnings while emphasizing their strengths and resilience.


Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families and America  by Adam Pertman   


Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections  edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae   


Advice for Adopted Kids  by Ann Fredkove   Written by a nine-year-old Korean-American girl, this is her story of what it is like to be adopted . . . including advice.


Aekyung's Dream  by Min Paek    A girl (whose family recently emigrated from Korea) is able to adjust to her new life after learning of the dream of a Korean cultural figure.


After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees  by Dr. Sook Wilkinson and Nancy Fox, editors    Essays written by Korean adoptees that include photos and brief bios of each writer.


All About Korea  by Ann Martin Bowler   Stories, songs, crafts, and more.


All about Me  by Lynn Burwash and Cie McMullin    Provides opportunities for parents and young children to have frank, meaningful discussions about adoption...kids can participate by drawing and/ or filling in the blanks using their own washable crayons and markers.


Allison  by Allen Say   A red kimono triggers realization that Allison does not look like her parents. She is upset but works through her feelings with the help of a stray cat.


American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults  by Lori M. Chrison   


An Introduction to Korean Culture  by John H. Koo and Andrew C. Nahm   Sometimes used as college textbook, this comprehensive guide covers language, people, arts, music, dance, and more.


An Introduction to Korean Music and Dance  by Lee Hye-gu   Focuses on traditional musical instruments and dance forms of the Korean court, including scores of photographs.


Aquariums of Pyongyang (10 years in the North Korean Gulag)  by Kang Chol-Hwan & Pierre Rigoulot    Autobiographical account of a young man whose family was imprisoned in a North Korean internment camp for 10 years, from the time he was 8-18. He escaped from N. Korea as a young adult and now lives in S. Korea where he is a journalist. Depressing, frightening story that gives a different perspective on Korean reunification, North vs. South politics, etc. Important reading for Korean Americans and their families (including adoptive families).