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When You Were Born in Korea
by Brian E. Boyd

"A wonderful, heartfelt story of an adoption from Korea, for parents to share with their children. A classic in the field of adoption books. This book should be on everyone's bookshelf." (Allison Martin)
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The Lucky Gourd Shop
by Joanna Catherine Scott

"The story of how three older children, two girls and a boy, come to be adopted by an American couple. The Lucky Gourd Shop is a sad tale of hardworking people trapped by poverty, sexism, difficult circumstances and poor choices. The novel describes the circumstances leading to their birth and their abandonment to the orphanage in Korea. While the story is fiction, it is based, in part, upon the past circumstances of the author's children. Korean culture and life are interwoven into the story." (Allison Martin)
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Stories of Korean adoptees

Voices from Another Place : A Collection of Works from a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries
Edited by Susan Soon-Keum Cox

"This is the best book on the experiences of Asian American adoptees available, and I recommend it to anyone interested in transcultural or transracial adoption and families." (Allison Martin)
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Order I Wish for You a Wonderful Life I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children
by Sara Dorow

"The book is a collection of letters written by Korean birth-mothers to the children they relinquished for adoption.  MY personal opinion is that they are not appropriate for sharing in their entirety with young adopted children, but they likely will help provide some insight into the emotions involved in the adoption decisions. While they are written by Korean women I would guess they hold some relevance for adoptive parents regardless of where their adopted children come from." (Susan Hall)
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When You Were Born in Korea - a wonderful classic

The Coffee Can Kid
by Jan Czech
From the publisher: Six-year-old Annie asks the father who adopted her to once more tell the story of how she came to America from Korea. With the help of her father, a young girl reconnects to her past in this heartwarming story of international adoption.
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Introducing a new baby

Jin Woo
by Eve Bunting

"It's a picture book -- for young kids--about a family with a older son who are adopting a baby from Korea. Of course, the son feels displaced at first, but then realizes how great it is to be a big brother. A familiar theme, but the only kids book I've seen so far that's about an adopted sibling. The older son is adopted too -- but he's caucasian and the little baby they adopt is Korean. So it can work for bio-adoptive families, also." (Christina)
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Count in Korean with your children.

Chinese Eyes
by Marjorie Ann Waybill, Pauline Cutrell (Illustrator)
An adopted Korean girl gets a lesson in how unimportant it is that some people think she is different.
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We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo
by Linda Walvoord Girard
"Few books on adoption written for children discuss the more complex adoption issues, as this one does, for example his mixed feelings about his birthmother, "grocery store" comments, and confusion over where he fits in. This book was originally written in 1989, but there are not many other books that can take its place, even today." (Allison Martin)
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Buy Orphans of the Living at Amazon The seed from the East
by Bertha Holt
"First published in 1956, reprinted several times since. Remarkable memoir by the wife of the man who launched the international adoption movement." (Adoption Advocates International)
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