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Two Birthdays for Beth  by Gay Lynn Cronin   Girl at first misunderstands what the celebration of her adoption means, then responds with a touching surprise for her parents.


Under Our Skin - Kids Talk about Race  by Debbie and Tom Birdeye   Six students aged 12 to 13 openly discuss racial issues.


Understanding My Child's Korean Origins  by Hyun Sook Han with Marietta Spencer   Shares frank information about Korean society, religion, child rearing practices, and the history of abandonment and adoption in Korea. Agency-produced.


Unsung Hero: The Story of Colonel Young Oak Kim  by Woo Sung Han    Story of a Korean-American who served in World War II and the Korean War as a minority officer in the US Army's 100th infantry Battalion.


Voices from Another Place   edited by Susan Soon-Keum Cox    Fiction, memoir, poetry and art from the first generation of Korean adoptees who are now grown to adulthood, but never completely removed from their roots in Korea.


W.I.S.E. UP Powerbook  by Marilyn Schoettle, MA    Gives children tools to cope with questions about adoption from friends, teachers, and even strangers. Learn to (W)alk away, say (I)t's private, (S)hare something, or (E)ducate. For children ages 6-12.


Wait for Me  by An Na    As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path inlife but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.


Waiting for Mama  by Tae-jun Lee    Bilingual picture book (English and Korean) of a child waiting for his mother at a streetcar station.


War With Pigeons: A Novel  by Tae Kim    Peter, in serving as executor of his friend's estate, becomes immersed in parts of Asian American society and the Asian culture still prominent in it.


Warrior Lessons: An Asian American Woman's Journey Into Power  by Phoebe Eng   Tells powerful real life stories about how Asian American women deal with race and stereotypes and family pressures. Composed of twelve lessons.


Wasn't Love Supposed to be Enough?  by VanSlyck, Wristen, Dupre-Clare, Mague, and Haggerty   Follows stories of adoptive parents in support group that has been meeting for ten years.


We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo  by Linda Walvoord Girard    Parents help their son, adopted from Korea, deal with adoption issues and stereotypes in a loving, gentle way.


We Don't Look Like Our Mom and Dad  by Harriet Langsam Sobol   Photo essay of the Levin family with their two Korean-born children.


Welcoming Babies  by Margy Burns Knight   This book shares fourteen different ways babies are welcomed into the world (we sing, we kiss, we touch . . . ) based on different cultural traditions and situations. Includes both an adoption and the first birthday (tol) of a Korean child. Pastel illustrations.


What Are You? Voices of Mixed Race Young People  by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins   In this collection of essays and poetry, forty-five young people, ages 14-26, offer their perspectives on what it means to be "mixed race."


What If All the Kids Are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families  by Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia G. Ramsey   Discusses what white children need and gain from anti-bias and multicultural education. Includes seven learning themes, teaching strategies, and more.


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).


When A Rooster Crows at Night: A Child's Experience of the Korean War  by Theresa Park   


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.


When Joel Comes Home  by Susi Gregg Fowler   A young girl shares all the things she and her parents are planning to welcome home friends and their newly adopted son.