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Korean Americans: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Korean Americans?

As you can see, this list of kids books about Korean Americans is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about Korean Americans, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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Let's Go to Taekwondo!: A Story about Persistence, Bravery, and Breaking Boards
Written & illustrated by Aram Kim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
****Yoomi wants a yellow belt. But she's afraid to break the board. Grandma to the rescue!**** Yoomi and her friends are ready to take on the test for their yellow belts in taekwondo. But Yoomi is afraid to break a board. Meanwhile, Grandma is struggling to learn something new, too. But Yoomi and Grandma encourage and inspire each other. Yoomi discovers how, with persistence, focus, deep breathing, and above all, a loving Grandma, even the toughest challenges can be overcome. This companion to _No Kimchi for Me_ emphasizes self-confidence, determination, and the value of family. Backmatter about taekwondo, including some Korean vocabulary, is included. **A Junior Library Guild Selection**
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Let's Go to Taekwondo!
Written by Aram Kim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
****Yoomi wants a yellow belt. But she's afraid to break the board. Grandma to the rescue!**** Yoomi and her friends are ready to take on the test for their yellow belts in taekwondo. But Yoomi is afraid to break a board. Meanwhile, Grandma is struggling to learn something new, too. But Yoomi and Grandma encourage and inspire each other. Yoomi discovers how, with persistence, focus, deep breathing, and above all, a loving Grandma, even the toughest challenges can be overcome. This companion to _No Kimchi for Me_ emphasizes self-confidence, determination, and the value of family. Backmatter about taekwondo, including some Korean vocabulary, is included. **A Junior Library Guild Selection**
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Juna's Jar
Written by Jane Bahk & illustrated by Felicia Hoshino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Juna and her best friend, Hector, love to go on adventures in the park, collecting things to put in Juna’s empty kimchi jars. But then one day Hector unexpectedly moves away, and Juna is left wondering who will play with her. With the help of her special jar, Juna searches for her friend the world over. What Juna finds is that adventure—and new friends—can be found in the most unexpected places. Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, Juna’s Jar is a heartwarming and whimsical celebration of friendship and the power of imagination.

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