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When My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.
When My Sister Was Cleopatra Moon by Frances Park Story of a young girl's adulation of her older sister and of both their struggles to find identity as Korean-American women.
When You Were Born in Korea by Brian Boyd B&W photos and text tell the story of Korean adoptions. Is considered appropriate for late elementary children or as a quick read for friends and family members interested in learning more about Korean adoptions.
Where on Earth is My Bagel? by Frances Park and Ginger Park Multicultural tale on the power of perseverance. No one knows how the idea of a New York bagel popped into Yum Yung's head. Yum Yung lives in Korea where there are no New York bagels, and one day he just knows he has to have one. Illustrations evoke the intricate and colorful patterns found in Korean fabrics.
Where the Sun Kisses the Sea by Susan Gabel A little boy living in an orphanage dreams of finding a forever family where all the children share the same family name. Hazy watercolor pics . . . poetic writing that perhaps reads better for adults than kids.
Who Am I? by Charlene C. Giannetti Straight talk from adopted kids and young adults about the questions preteens and teens face at this age.
Who Belongs Here? An American Story by Margy Burns Knight Story of a boy who fled war-torn Cambodia for a Thai refugee camp before immigrating to the US...open-ended style makes it a useful tool for teachers to introduce the topics of racism, tolerance, and immigration into the classroom.
William is My Brother by Jane T. Schnitter Factual, upbeat story about two brothers -- the older one is biological and the younger adopted. It focuses on what they like and dislike about each other, and how normal and natural their brotherhood is.
Willow Tree Shade: The Susan Ahn Cuddy Story by John Cha Biography of the daughter of a famous Korean hero, who is worthy of honor in her own right as the first woman gunnery officer in the Navy, a sought-after intelligence analyst, and restaurateur.
With Eyes Wide Open published by CHSM Particularly for parents adopting children over the age of 1 year. It's in a workbook/workshop type of format--each chapter covers a different topic and there are discussion questions and activity questions at the end of each chapter.
Woodcutter and Tiger Brother by Nami Rhee Folktale representing the courageous sprit of the Korean people and the importance placed on filial piety (faithfulness to one's parents).
Year of Impossible Good-byes by Sook Nyul Choi A young girl survives the oppression of Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea during the 1940's, to later escape to freedom in South Korea. Excellent story.
Yell-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American edited by Vickie Nam Anthology of teen writings on what it is like to grow up Asian American.
Yellow: Race in American Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu Informative contribution to the discussion of race.
Yoon and the Christmas Mitten by Helen Recorvits Yoon, A Korean-American girl, is excited to hear about Christmas at her school...but her family tells her that such things are not part of their Korean traditions.
Your First 100 Words in Korean by Passport Books Includes flash cards.
Your Very Own Adoption Story: A Photo Album/ Story Book by Margie Mintz A general story book about adoption that can be personalized with pictures of child, family, and friends. Bound card stock pages close with a ribbon tie.
Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip by Sook Nyul Choi Elementary-age girl travels to Korea for first time with her grandma (halmoni) to visit other family members and worries her grandma won't want to return home. Excellent cultural detail.