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Here's a guide to books with engaging and insightful views of the world for children from preschoolers to early teens. Preliminary chapters offer good advice on sharing the joy of reading and expanding human understanding through fiction and nonfiction, both read aloud and read alone. Martin also describes her family's experiences with reading and travel, both actual and armchair. The titles offered are annotated, with some indicated as containing discussions of religions and other topics, and are arranged geographically and by audience age; indexes provide access by title, author, geography, and historical period. The friendly tone and practical read-aloud activity advice should be welcome to both secular and Christian families looking for ways to expand their children's worlds while discovering ways to incorporate high-quality children's books in family life. (Booklist)
An invaluable resource for anyone and everyone who has children in their lives! Jamie Martin has scoured the best in children’s literature from around the globe and compiled, in one volume, book recommendations sure to appeal to the reader in your life. (LeVar Burton, Reading Rainbow)
I know I’m not the only one who’s stood in the middle of the children’s section at the library or bookstore knowing I’m surrounded by good books to read but wishing someone would point me toward which ones to choose---and which to pass over. Now Jamie is here to help me do just that. She’s done the hard work of sorting the good stuff from the mediocre, highlighting her family’s favorite titles region by region. Now I’m free to focus on the fun part: reading good books with my kids. (Anne Bogel, blogger at Modern Mrs. Darcy)
I’ve traveled all over the globe and have seen both amazingly beautiful and horrifically tragic parts of our planet. I want my children to impact and alleviate the world’s hurts one day, but first they have to fall in love with it. That’s where a resource like Jamie’s book comes in. It enables our families to read our way to a love for the world, thereby giving fuel to our determination to heal it in the unique way God created us to. (Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign)
Give Your Child the World is a must-read for every parent who wants to expand their child’s worldview beyond the suburban bubble of middle-class American culture. Can’t afford to travel? Jamie proves that giving your children cross-cultural experiences need not cost a dime. A library card and a strong imagination can make it happen! (Erin Odom, creator of TheHumbledHomemaker.com and upcoming author with HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
Give Your Child the World is an absolutely brilliant book. I love how Jamie has taken carefully selected literature from all over and about the world, broken it into topics, countries, and age ranges, and created an incredible resource where I can simply open the pages and choose. It’s also filled with practical ideas and inspiration to help me teach my children about the beauty and diversity of the world. She’s done the work! I can’t wait to get started “traveling” the world! (Sarah Mae, author of Having a Martha Home the Mary Way)
For parents who want their children to fall in love with the world, right from the coziness of home. Jamie knows that stories are the most powerful way to reach the heart of a child, and this collection of carefully selected books will be a worthy companion for mindful parents everywhere. A treasure trove! (Sarah Mackenzie, creator of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast and online community; author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace)
In the day-in, day-out craziness of life, I have this nagging feeling that I should be teaching my kids about the whole wide world, but I have no idea how. Jamie Martin has done all the hard work for us in Give Your Child the World. What a resource! This book is chock-full of creative ideas and book suggestions to lead our families around the globe without ever leaving our homes. Every parent needs a copy. (Melanie Dale, author of Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends and It’s Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You Didn’t Choose)
Inspiring, accessible, and supremely practical, Give Your Child the World is an outstanding resource for families who want their children to engage the world and shape its future. It helps children imagine, believe, and love. Give Your Child the World makes dreams tangible for children. We highly recommend it! (Stephan Bauman, president of World Relief and author of Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World―and Belinda Bauman, author, educator, and founder of One Million Thumbprints)
The world is smaller than ever and only getting smaller. As parents, we would do well to raise our children so they are able to navigate the increasingly global society they will live in. Jamie has given us parents an incredible gift. With practical ideas and a wonderful reading list, Give Your Child the World is a valuable resource in raising compassionate, global-minded kids who love the whole world. (Nate Pyle, pastor, blogger, and author of Man Enough)
As parents, we have a deep desire to raise our kids with cultural sensitivity and aware- ness. So much so that we’ve made traveling around the world as a family a priority, to give our kids rich cultural experiences that we hope will shape them into adults who make a difference. I only wish I’d had Jamie’s amazing book before we started traveling, to help me find books for our kids to read in preparation for the places we visited. But even better, I think it’s the perfect tool for those who aren’t able to travel. Stories are one of the best ways to develop empathy, compassion, and gain someone else’s perspective, and these book recommendations will give your kids the incomparable gift of being able to “travel” the world through story. (Stephanie Langford, writer at EntreFamily.com)
About the Author
Jamie C. Martin lives a global life at home every day with four countries (England, India, Liberia, and the USA) represented under her roof. She's blessed to be called Mommy by her biological son and her two internationally adopted children and loves sipping cups of tea with her British husband. Jamie blogs at www.simplehomeschool.net, where she's been writing since 2009 about mindful parenting, global mindset, education, and the joy found in a pile of books. She and her husband live with their three children in Connecticut.
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In the first 40-ish pages, we are introduced to author Jamie Martin and her global family. She shares the story of how they came to be (LOVE IT!) and offers some practical, doable ideas for how we can broaden our understanding of the world with our children. Next up leads us to the premise of the book: build your family culture around books, and travel together around the world with great books.
The book lists are organized by region and age interest level. They list title, author, illustrator when applicable and a short synopsis of the book. Sometimes, we'll have a note on whether a book contains religious elements, in case a parents wishes to avoid or have a discussion prior/after.
The indexes are helpful. We have one by author, one by country/region, and historical index, and title index. This will help you on your library hunt. (by the way, if your library allows you to reserve a bunch of titles on hold, do it! Let them do the legwork of finding your books and putting them together for you. Makes library visits with little ones easier. Get your holds and browse, or get your holds and get on outta there. Oh, and if your library doesn't have a title, find out if they do interlibrary loan.)
Sprinkled throughout the book recommendations, we hear many families answer the question: "How do you give your child the world in your home?"
Now. As I love good book lists and we read a ton around here, I will say that many of the titles I already recognized from our own library perusal or other book lists. Some Five in a Row titles are within; and others I have found already from my treasured All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. There is some overlap in titles for this book and Miller's. In Martin's book, we have a longer synopsis. One area where Miller's book has an edge, is it simply has way more titles (plus, history and geography and more sections), and it also reaches interest levels beyond the age 10-12 set; Miller's reaches high school.
That said, there are some new-to-me titles in Martin's book, and there are certainly room for both books on my bookshelf. I will use both when browsing titles when we're doing a regional study, country study, or just wanting to add some more living books to our library list.
We will continue to read through these books beyond this homeschool year as well. The suggestions look amazing and the intro section choked me up at how beautifully she wrote about the power of stories.
Edited to add: although this is classified as Christian category, it is still a great tool for a secular homeschool family like ours.