Picture Books about Korea

A recent unit study of Korea with my 5-year-old son led us to some wonderful new books! Enjoy browsing through some of the resources we used.

The Land of the Dragon King – by Gillian McClure

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This is a lovely collection of Korean folktales. There are nine tales in all, so we ended up reading it over the course of a week. The illustrations are delicate and lovely, and they fit beautifully with the stories.

Bee-Bim Bop! – by Linda Sue Park

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This fun, rhyming story follows a young girl as she helps her mother make a traditional Korean dish, Bee-bim Bop. The language has a lilting rhythm to it, and the illustrations are bright and engaging. The book even ends with a recipe, so you can make your own Bee-bim Bop!

K is for Korea – by Hyechong Cheung

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This alphabet book introduces a variety of aspects of Korean culture, and shows vivid photographs to illustrate each one. Some aspects covered are ancient, while others give readers a window into modern life in Korea. This is a great way to engage with Korean culture, religion, food, and wildlife in a way that’s accessible to young children.

I Love Korea! – by Andrew Nahm

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This is a fairly long book, so we picked and chose what to use in our unit study. It includes quite a variety of resources — there are a number of traditional folktales, as well as facts about the country and the culture. This book is bilingual, and my son was fascinated to see how the words looked in Korean as well as English.

Moon Magic – by Katherine Davison

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This is a collection of folktales about the moon from a variety of different Asian cultures, but it includes stories from Korea. The illustrations are lovely, and the tales are well told. My son still comments on how the crescent moon looks like a dog has taken a bite out of it, a concept that he got from one of our favorite stories in this volume.

8 thoughts on “Picture Books about Korea

  1. swapna

    Your blog is an interesting resource. I’m going through your children’s literature page too. And hoping with fingers crossed that some of those are available on kindle, since I live a spanish speaking world far far away in! Pls do add your posts to the Practical Mondays Link Up- they would make an excellent addition 🙂

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  2. Mother of 3

    My youngest son chose Korea for his geography fair report last year and we read tons of picture books about Korea; so I was doubly surprised that we hadn’t read ANY of these books! I’ll have to see if he’d like to read some more!

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  3. Priya Prithviraj

    Hi Beth. I’m so thankful to you for this list. I’m very much fascinated by S.Korea and it’s language and culture and I really want to get these books. 🙂

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