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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.