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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).