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
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
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
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
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
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.