Read the World: Europe

Read the World: Europe
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Welcome back to the Read the World Book Club.

Ready to head to Europe? I can’t wait – let’s go!

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Just joining us?

We’re on a global excursion, using my new book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, as our travel guide.

Now let’s read our way across Europe, one book at a time!

Jamie’s Introduction

Click the photo below to watch the video:

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Did you enjoy meeting last week’s special vlogging guest, (AKA sweet boy Elijah)?!

Well, I have another guest for you in today’s videogather your kids and take a peek! (Note: If you’ve missed any videos along the way–just check in here.)

A few of the things Jonathan mentions:

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The Challenge

Your challenge is to read at least one book that takes place in Europe. Talk about simple, yes?! Feel free to take it up a notch if you’d like.

Along with your books, here are some YouTube clips to enjoy:

The Videos

Disclaimer: YouTube can sometimes bring up inappropriate ads/suggestions/comments/etc. Please proceed with caution and preview to determine which ones are best for your family.

Just click the picture to be taken to the clip!

Countries of the World Song (3 min - ages 4+)

Countries of the World, Europe song (3 min – ages 4+)

(A 1 hr tour through the music of Europe; ages 4+)

(A 1 hr tour through the music of Europe – ages 4+; listen while you work or play)

(I wrote this last year! Plenty of video clips for ages 6+)

I wrote this last year during our visit! (Plenty of amazing video clips for ages 6+)

Eating in Europe with Rick Steves (5 min - ages 6+)

Eating in Europe with Rick Steves (5 min – ages 6+; Note: Mentions wine/beer)

Venice, Italy with Kids (28 min - ages 6+)

Venice, Italy with Kids (28 min – ages 6+; Follow up Rome video here)


The Recipes

In each post I’ll suggest a few simple recipes from Global Table Adventure so you can take your exploration into the kitchen if you choose.

Here are a few possibilities to choose from. (And even more European recipes can be found here!)

Balkan Burger, Montenegro

Balkan Burger, Montenegro

Tuna & Chickpea Salad, Portugal

Tuna & Chickpea Salad, Portugal

Flemish Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Belgium

Flemish Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Belgium

Apple Pancakes, Latvia

Apple Pancakes, Latvia

Cream & Currant Scones, United Kingdom

Cream & Currant Scones, United Kingdom


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 for Europe:

2 maps of Europe - 1 labelled, 1 blank

2 maps of Europe – 1 labelled, 1 blank


Optional Extras

A few fun extras you may want to choose from (just click the pics):

Maja & the Mountain Man(FREE Story From Germany) Around the World Stories 

The Little Travelers British Isles (LOVE! Free with Amazon Prime)

The Little Travelers British Isles (For ages 5+; Free with Amazon Prime)

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The Little Travelers Germany (For ages 5+; Free with Amazon Prime)

Learning Geography Through Drawing

Learning Geography Through Drawing

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Next Stop: North America!

Head back to Give Your Child the World to choose your books for North America, our next destination!

Where do you and yours plan to travel in Europe? 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. We have to get to the library yet for this week’s selections. The kids always look forward to our library trips. That picture of your son on the broom is so funny. He looks like he’s actually riding it!
    Shelly’s latest post: 10 Ways We Homeschool 10 Kids for Under $1000/Yr.

  2. Erin Fullam says:

    We are really enjoying this reading challenge. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered Give Your Child the World on Amazon, and the lists and accompanying text have been a most excellent starting point for introducing our boys to the different cultures and historical events of the world. I’ve loved seeing them practice mapping out our neighborhood, and talking to them about how important it is to do the right thing (Wangari really inspired our two oldest!). The books you selected are books I probably wouldn’t have found on my own, so thank you for this invaluable resource. 😀

  3. These Little Travelers videos are so inspiring! My girls were riveted by them, and now they are imagining their own adventurous travels.

  4. Ah Europe! So beautiful!
    Just wanted to share that I am from Reunion Island, a French state 400 miles East of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Few people know about it but we are part of this world 🙂
    I don’t think any book has been written in English about my island but thought your readers might enjoy discovering a brand new (to them) spot in the world!
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  5. I love your book and have enjoyed this book club very much. I am trying to borrow books for next week. Is there a reason why Mexico is under Latin America and not North America ?

  6. We are really enjoying this trip around the world, but getting behind! I’m just starting Europe tomorrow. It’s taking us slightly longer than a week to cover each area, because we’re trying to make some of the foods, in addition to reading some of the books. Thanks so much! We are coloring in the world map from the first week whenever we cook something or read something about one of the countries.

  7. Courtney says:

    My son will be 3 at the end of August and out of nowhere started asking me about the world so we’ve jumped into this. He is taken by it! We are a little behind but are reading the multicultural book selections and Africa book selections this week. He’s enjoying the recommended videos too. When his daddy arrived home last night he dragged him over to the world map we printed from here and pointed out Africa and where we live in North America. I’m amazed at what children can take in when given the opportunity. Thank you for this! We can’t wait to continue traveling the world with everyone here. <3

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