Read the World: Asia

Read the World_ ASIA
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Here we go! We’re heading to Asia, and everything you need to eat, study, read and explore is listed below:

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If you’re just joining us: My new book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, is your passport to reading around the world–now and all year long!

Jamie’s Video Introduction

Click the photo below to watch:

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You and yours are invited to meet my daughter Trishna as we chat about India together in this 3.5 minute clip!

The Challenge

Read at least one book that takes place in Asia. Chapter 8 of Give Your Child the World has plenty of ideas for you to choose from!

Along with your books, here are some video clips to watch and learn from:

The Videos

Disclaimer: Please preview to determine which clips are best for your family.

Just click the picture to be taken to the clip!

kid's room

(What does a Japanese child’s room look like? 4 min; ages 4+)

countries of the world

(The Countries of the World Song – Asia  3 min; ages 4+)

geography of china

(Mr. Zoller’s Geography of China 11 min; ages 8+)

taste challenge

(Asian food taste test challenge! 12 min; ages 5+)


The Recipes

In each post I’ve been providing links to a few recipes so you can take your global explorations into the kitchen. This plant-based meal is packed with big, bold flavors:


Deep Fried Tofu, East Timor


Herbed Rice Salad, Malaysia


Carrot Salad, Mongolia


Thai Iced Tea, Thailand


Shaved Ice Treat, Taiwan


The Printables

Note: If you missed the global book log and other start-up printables, you’ll find those in this post.

Click the image below to download the maps of Asia:

2 maps: 1 labelled, 1 blank

2 maps: 1 labelled, 1 blank


Optional Extras

A few fun extras you may want to choose from:

little travelers bali

The Little Travelers Go to Bali (FREE with Amazon Prime)

little travelers japan

The Little Travelers Go to Japan, too! (FREE with Amazon Prime)


Melissa and Doug Sushi Slicing Set

Another fabulous Putumayo album to enjoy!

Another fabulous Putumayo album to enjoy!


Classic Tangoes Game (based on ancient Chinese Tangrams)


Next Stop: Latin America!

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Head to Chapter 11 of Give Your Child the World to choose your books about Latin America, our next destination! 

What do you have planned for your Asia explorations? Feel free to tell us in the comments or with #GiveYourChildtheWorld on social media!

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About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. Oh my gosh, my daughter would absolutely love the Melissa and Doug sushi play set. She’s only 3 but is obsessed with all things sushi! We’re a bit behind on the reading challenge because of VBS last week, but I’m hoping we can catch up this week. Thank you for the great video clips. They look like so much fun. 🙂
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  2. Thank you for compiling such a great combination of things in one place! I plan on using this series this fall for a geography class that is forming with a few homeschooling families from our church. This will be perfect for the younger ones!

  3. Trisha is just lovely!! My family is enjoying our global book travels and my daughter (11) is loving your book as much as I am. Is there any way to buy at copy of Give Your Child the Ancient World if we missed that?
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  4. I love ‘meeting’ your kids and my two loved the Japanese bedroom video. They couldn’t get over the remote control light 😉
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  5. I am really enjoying expanding my children’s literature exposure to the world! I also have found many books to read for myself that I will share with my kids when they get older. I feel like this book will give us many years of reading pleasure and exploration. I like the videos, maps and recipes you share too. I am excited to use this book in our homeschool. Thank you for making this resource. It’s fabulous!

  6. Jennifer says:

    My book is on order and I can not wait to receive it. Looking forward to my summer reading and reading the world with my tween age girls.

  7. I really can’t thank you enough, Asia has been our best week so far… just dived in and read and read and feasted on little treats, it has been fabulous and a real inspiration for my kids to dig a little deeper and explore a whole lot more. Thank you so much for all the hard work that went into putting this project together, we are loving it!!!
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