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A Euro-American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China by Chris Winston Part memoir, part parenting guide, this book shares how a mother worked to meet her children's needs and, in doing so, birthed a new kind of community.
A Ghost at Heart's Edge by Susan Ito and Tina Cervin (editors) Fifty short stories and poems reveal the sometimes heartbreaking, often affirming tales of adoption. Written from the point of view of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees, this unique anthology spans nations and cultures. Includes authors Alison Lurie, Isabel Allende, Sandra McPherson, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Louise Erdrich, Chitra Divakaruni, and Lynna Williams.
A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee's Search for Her Roots by Katy Robinson What a beautifully shared story! Kim Ji-yun (Katy) left Korea to be adopted in the United States at the age of seven, and returns as a married 28-year-old to rediscover the family and roots she can hardly remember.
Adopted and Loved Forever by Annetta E. Dellinger This Concordia-published book features an Asian girl who describes what it means to be adopted. Emphasizes that parents of adopted children chose them, love them, and will never leave them. Includes several scriptural references.
Adopted and Wondering: Drawing Out Feelings by Marge Eaton Heegaard
Adopted from Asia: How It Feels to Grow Up in America by Frances M. Koh Collection of rich personal stories of eleven adopted Korean-born children.
Adoption is a Family Affair: What Relatives and Friends Must Know by Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS Book's conversational tone and wealth of information is geared to help family members become adoption experts (and advocates!) in no time.
Adoption is For Always by Linda Walvoord Girard Parents reassure Celia that she is a permanent part of their family. Black and white sketches.
Advice for Adopted Kids by Ann Fredkove Written by a nine-year-old Korean-American girl, this is her story of what it is like to be adopted . . . including advice.
After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees by Dr. Sook Wilkinson and Nancy Fox, editors Essays written by Korean adoptees that include photos and brief bios of each writer.
All about Me by Lynn Burwash and Cie McMullin Provides opportunities for parents and young children to have frank, meaningful discussions about adoption...kids can participate by drawing and/ or filling in the blanks using their own washable crayons and markers.
Allison by Allen Say A red kimono triggers realization that Allison does not look like her parents. She is upset but works through her feelings with the help of a stray cat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese Eyes by Marjorie Ann Waybill An elementary-age girl, adopted from Korea, deals with prejudice at school with the support of her parents.