Reading List

The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale

The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale

(1996) Yumi Heo A Korean folktale about two green frogs who constantly disobey their mother. When she tells them to sit down they hop around with spoons in their mouths, when she tells them not to get dirty they play in the mud. Knowing that her children always do the opposite of what she asks, … Read more

Halmoni and the Picnic

Halmoni and the Picnic

(1999) Sook Nyul Choi, Illustrated by Karen Dugan When Yunmi’s class plans a picnic in Central Park, her Korean grandmother, Halmoni, agrees to chaperone. But Yunmi worries that the other children will make fun of Halmoni’s traditional Korean dress and unfamiliar food.

My Name is Yoon

My Name is Yoon

(2003)¬†Helen Recorvits and Gabi Swiat Kowska, Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2004 Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or “shining wisdom,” refers to herself as “cat,” “bird,” and “cupcake,” as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.

The Name Jar

The Name Jar

(2001) Yangsook Choi After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

One Afternoon

One Afternoon

(1999)¬†Yumi Heo Yumi Heo’s mixed-media illustrations use collage and oil painting to capture the hub-bub of an urban routine, seen through the eyes (and ears) of a small child. While this Korean-American artist’s style is uniquely modern, Heo’s text is comfortably traditional and child-centered, reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown.

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