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Are These Kids Yours? American Families with Children Adopted from Other Countries  by Cheri Register    Author discusses issues related to parenting an adoptive child in a caring, thorough manner. If you read only one or two adoption books, make this one a priority.

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People  by Helen Zia    Discusses the transformation of Asian Americans from a few, small, disconnected ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society.

Authentic Recipes from Korea  by Injoo Chun, Jaewoon Lee, and Youngran Baek   

Babies Can't Eat Kimchee!  by Nancy Patz and Susan L. Roth    Story of a girl impatient for her baby sister to grow a little bigger.

Because I Loved You: A Birthmother's View of Open Adoption  by Patricia Dischler    Memoir written by a birthmother who chose open adoption for her son in 1985.

Becoming Attached - First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love  by Robert Karen, Ph.D   

Bee-Bim Bop!  by Linda Sue Park    A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.

Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child's Lifestory  by Susan TeBos and Carissa Woodwyk    Guides parents in the creation of a lifebook for their children that explores their birth heritage and their spiritual heritage as well.

Beginnings: How Families Came to Be  by Virginia Kroll    Tells story of six children and how they came to join their families - including an adopted Korean girl.

Behind the Mask  by Yangsook Choi    A Korean-American boy goes through a trunk of his grandfather's things in search of a good Halloween costume idea, uncovering a valuable piece of family and cultural history.

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self  by David Brodzinsky, Marshall Schechter, and Robin Henig    Illustrates common developmental pathways of adoptees as they occur throughout the life span. Five themes run throughout this book: the experience of adoptees, developmental perspectives, normality, search for self, and sense of loss.

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens  by Debbie Riley with John Meeks   

Birth is More Than Once: the Inner World of Adopted Korean Children  by H. Sook Wilkinson, Ph.D   

Blessings From Above  by Patti Henderson    Momma-Roo longs for a baby to fill her empty pouch. Her dream comes true, but not in the way she expects...written by adoptive mom and illustrated by adoptee with a Christian perspective.

Bravo Your Life  by Mi Soon Burzlaff    Collection of nonfiction vignettes about life, family, and friendship in contemporary South Korea told by an adoptee who is slowly acculturating herself into her birth family and society at large.

Bring My Sons from Afar  by Bertha Holt   

Can You Count Ten Toes? Count to 10 in 10 Different Languages  by Leslie Evans    This cute children's book teaches children how to count to 10 in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, Hindi, Hebrew, Zulu, Russian, French and Spanish.

Carolyn's Story  by Perry Schwartz   True story of nine-year-old girl born in Honduras and then adopted by US parents. Written in her voice with lots of photos.

Chesi's Story: One Boy's Long Journey from War to Peace  by Link S. White   Story of a pre-teen boy taken in by the American Military and made a mascot during the Korean War who is ultimately adopted and immigrates to the United States.

Chi-Hoon - A Korean Girl  by Patricia McMahon    Story and photos of daily life for an elementary-age-girl who lives with her family in Korea.