A day I thought would never come

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A day I thought would never comeWritten by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

So, how to convey in writing the culmination of something you’ve been working and dreaming toward for five years?

I can’t.

Instead today, on launch day for Give Your Child the World, I decided to say it to you:

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Head here for the 2 minute video (& get a little tour of one of my favorite spots, too!)

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time is a reading treasury for the book lovers, the map lovers, and the wanderers-at-heart among us. It’s a tool for those who want their kids to grow up loving the neighbor next door as well as the one on the other side of the globe.

It’s for parents who hope to raise book lovers and world-changers.

More than just a title to read once and return to the shelf, this resource includes over 600 hand-picked children’s book recommendations, organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12).

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I’ve never been more proud of anything I’ve had the privilege to write and create. Because this book is so useful, I feel like I can shout about it until the cows come home!

For the cost of a single paperback, it gives you a geography/history/literature resource you can use for up to 8 YEARS with multiple kids of varying ages.

I’m so thrilled to finally get it into your hands, just in time for summer reading!

IMG_1987 (1) Video watchers, guess where I snapped this pic?!

A few questions, answered:

Is the book just for Christian families?

Give Your Child the World shares our family’s personal story of becoming a global family, which includes our faith journey as Christians. But it was important to me that the book be accessible to families of any faith–so the reading lists (the bulk of the book) are mostly secular. Any religious content within titles in the booklists is noted.

I’d guess that a spiritually-minded person would love it, but if someone doesn’t want any spiritual references at all it wouldn’t be for them.

Is the book just for homeschoolers?

No, no, and no! (Did I mention no?!)

It’s definitely perfect for homeschooling families, but it’s meant for anyone who wants to use books to give children a vision for the world beyond their borders–anyone who wants to raise kids who love books and love others.


Is the book available overseas?

The book is available via Amazon in Canada today, and is also available on Kindle in many other countries. One reader told me about Book Depository, which seems like a terrific place to order for international readers since they offer free worldwide shipping!

I do want to mention, though, that when creating the booklists I was obviously using an American library system to find and review titles, so I can’t promise how that will translate in your neck of the woods. I’d recommend taking a peek at the titles in the excerpt to see if they are accessible in your locale.

Why should I order now?

I can’t spill the beans just yet, but something is coming up that’s going to make you want to have your book in hand ASAP!!

Look for all the details here next Monday, but for a sneak peek check out my podcast with the lovely Sarah Mackenzie of the Read-Aloud Revival, live today, where we chat about all things book related.


Find out more about the book, read an excerpt, and buy your copy here, or wherever books are sold:

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Beyond grateful for all your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As your book arrives in the mail, I’d love to see you and yours beginning to use it. Use the hashtag #GiveYourChildtheWorld on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so we can all keep in touch!

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. Just ordered through book depository! Thank you, can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

  2. Thank you so much for all your hard work, and congratulations! I’ll definitely be buying this book- I can’t wait!
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  3. Heather says:

    Can’t wait to get mine today! Yay! Congratulations!!

  4. <3
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  5. This is a topic so very close to my heart, and I am beyond thrilled to learn that there is actually a book about it! We had our first daughter while we were serving Cambodia, and even though we are back in the States now we long for our girls to know the world as good, and to be compelled to care for all people and all of Creation well. We’ve purposefully loaded our bookshelves with stories from around the world for this reason. So excited to have discovered your blog, and I can’t wait to read the book. Congrats!

  6. Talitha says:

    Read your post on Ann Voskamp’s blog and I got ridiculously excited! Found your blog and will now order your book! We are a Dutch/ Swiss missionary family, currently living in the US, we are homeschooling and LOVE good books, especially about people all over the world! I’m absolutely thrilled to discover your book today! Blessings to you and THANK YOU!!!

  7. I am so excited about this, and can’t wait for it to get here! Congratulations, on this great work, I think it is going to bless a lot of families!
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  8. Thank you Jamie for writing from your heart and setting this little birdie free! Cannot wait to hold your book and the journeys we will take thanks to your diligence and curiosity. Happy Book Launch!

  9. What a blessing! I know how hard the work is to put a book between covers. I have been collaborating for two years and just got the “ok” from Zondervan that they will send it to the board and then the committee and then maybe, just maybe a contract will be signed and we’ll get to work with the Sr. Editor assigned to our project. I never knew what went into a book. My family has been beyond great through all this. I can’t wait to read this book! We are globally-focused as we home educate. We have a cultural day with other home educating families once a month and read missionary stories and sponsor children and host missionary friends in our homes and travel on short-term trips. God so loves the WORLD. So grateful for your hard work. Your book is in my Amazon cart as we speak.

    • Thank you, Patty–sounds like the book will be a perfect fit for you! And oh my yes, so, so much work and waiting goes into filling the pages of a book–it gives me a newfound appreciation for each one I casually pick up! All the best on your own writing journey…

  10. Congratulations, Jamie. I’m so thrilled for you and can’t wait to get my copy in the mail (BY 8PM TONIGHT, SAYS AMAZON!). 🙂 Enjoy these days!

  11. How exciting! It looks great! It is on my wishlist!! Congrats!!
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  12. I listened to your podcast on RAR this morning and all day have been eagerly looking for the mailman to bring me my copy! I am excited to see how I can use this with my own kids, and how I can use this with my readers on my Compassion (International) inspired blog…

  13. Just got my copy in the mail and am sooo excited! I keep thinking, so many great books how are we going to get to them all? Thank you for all your hard work. What an invaluable resource!

  14. Congratulations! I was excited to see it delivered to my Kindle today. I spent some time this morning looking it over and I just love the lay out and how useful it looks! I was a little unsure about whether or not I should buy it, because I have done my own research online trying to find living books on other countries, but there were many, many other suggestions I hadn’t come across, as well as the bonus of having all the book titles in one very accessible location. It is well worth the cost and I am thankful I did buy it. I am very pleased and I am telling others about this wonderful resource! Thank you!!

    • P.S. I wrote you a positive review on Amazon! I don’t normally review things but I was that excited about this book!

    • “It is well worth the cost and I am thankful I did buy it.” – So happy to hear this, Nola! It’s so helpful having all the titles together there and organized for you, isn’t it? That’s the real difference between searching online and having to put it together yourself. Thank you so much for the review!!

  15. I am SO excited about this book!
    There is nothing like a good story to travel as a family to great faraway places! And now we have an amazing resource to discover the world with our children!
    Thank you Jamie, for granting us a passport to the beauty and diversity of our wonderful world!
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  16. Congratulations, Jamie!!! I got my copy yesterday and am already loving it! Thank you for sharing your heart and all your hard work with us!
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  17. Rachael says:

    I got my book yesterday – my birthday – it was a great gift! I have always been so inspired by you and your journey. Reading the first chapters were another dose of inspiration! Can’t wait to start ordering books from the library.
    Wishing you all the best!

  18. Congratulations!
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  19. Marnita Sonnenberg says:

    Mine arrived! So full of readng ideas! My kids were excited to see my name in it! All the best!

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