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This list has been pre-screened. Books in this color were highly recommended by KAAN conference attendees.  Contact Us with additions or corrections.

Halmoni and the Picnic  by Sook Nyul Choi   Young Korean-American girl helps Korean grandmother feel more at home in the US.


Halmoni's Day  by Edna Coe Bercaw   Jennifer's grandmother arrives from Korea just in time for Grandparent's Day.


Happy Adoption Day!  lyrics by John McCutcheon    To be read or sung, this book celebrates the annual anniversary day of an adopted child's joining of the family.


Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War  by Grace M. Cho    Since the Korean War, more than a million Korean women have acted as sex workers for U.S. servicemen. More than 100,000 women married GIs and moved to the United States. Haunting the Korean Diaspora explores the repressed history of emotional and physical violence between the United States and Korea and the unexamined reverberations of sexual relationships between Korean women and American soldiers.


Heaven  by Angela Johnson   The 1999 Coretta Scott King award winner, this book is about a fourteen-year-old girl who learns that her parents are not hers by birth.


Helping Children Cope With Separation and Loss  by Claudia L. Jewett   


Hold on Tight to Your Dream (Korea edition) available at Adopt Shoppe      Deluxe (and pricier) lifebook that offers map and cultural information in addition to many fill-in-the-blank forms for personal details. Both travel and escort versions available. Includes 12 pages of monthly calendars for quick recording of milestones.


Home Was the Land of Morning Calm: A Saga of a Korean-American Family  by K. Connie Kang   A multigenerational portrait of a Korean family begins with the grandfather's participation in the resistance during the Japanese occupation and chronicles their often difficult journey to America.


Horace  by Holly Keller   Horace, an adopted child, realizes that being a part of a family depends on how you feel and not how you look. Animal characters.


House of the Winds  by Mia Yun   Set in the 1960-70's, a girl tells the story of her family's experiences in S. Korea.


How It Feels to Be Adopted  by Jill Krementz    Nineteen young people present both the good and bad sides about being adopted from an adolescent point of view. Long-standing favorite.


How to Draw South Korea's Sights and Symbols  by Melody S. Mis   Presents step-by-step directions for drawing of the national flag, a jindo dog, Korean Buddhist temples, and other sights and symbols of S. Korea.


Human Biodiversity: Gene, Race, and History  by Aldine de Gruyer and Jonathan Marln   


I Am Chosen.      Memory scrapbook especially designed to accommodate all the many adoption options - including older children and sibling groups - as well as all nationalities. Divided into 3 sections: About Me, My Family, Milestones. Sturdy, acid-free paper for a lifetime of memories.


I Am Korean-American  by Robert Kim   A Korean-American child talks about parts of her Korean heritage, including clothing, food, and customs. Includes photographs.


I Am the Clay  by Chaim Potok   An old peasant farmer and his wife are fleeing the Chinese during the Korean War when they come across a wounded boy who, they believe, has magical powers.


I Love Korea  edited by Andrew C. Nahm, et al   This coffee-table-sized book is written in simple language for children, but is 86 pages long. It is a collection of songs, folk tales, history, proverbs, and other cultural info. Each page is written in English and Korean with bright artwork. It is a unique combination of both familiar and new details.


I Wish for You a Beautiful Life  by Sara Dorow    Compilation of letters from birthmothers at Ae Ran Won, a home for unwed mothers in Seoul.


If It Hadn't Been For Yoon Jun  by Marie G. Lee    As she reluctantly becomes friends with Yoon Jun, a new student from Korea, seventh grader Alice Larsen becomes more interested in learning about her own Korean background.


Illustory.      Kit that allows kids to write and illustrate their own adoption story, then have it professionally typeset and bound. There is a PhotoStory Jr. that incorporates photos as well.