The idea came to me a few days after the election. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
Because no matter how we voted, one thing we likely agree on is that this past election season hurt on some level. Another thing we agree on?
Our world needs hope and healing. And we want a better world for our children.
I want my kids to love others, even those who differ from them. I want them to want to make the world a better place, to want to serve others–just because it’s right to do so.
Most of all, I want them to know that they can start doing all of the above NOW, making a difference before they’ve even reached adulthood. I want them to feel empowered, not disenfranchised or apathetic.
And I believe books can help.
That’s why I wrote Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time.
And it’s why I want to invite you and yours to join our new Heal the World Book Club!
Just take a peek:
To help our children fall more in love with reading, more in love with the world (including those in it!), and to understand they have a unique role to play in healing it, a role that began the day they were born.
For the next three months (February, March, April) I’ll pick one title for us to read as an online community. Read it aloud to your children or have them read it themselves, whatever works best.
I will select inspiring titles that highlight kids making a difference, healing the world or overcoming significant life challenges.
I’d love this to be a truly global book club, with readers from all over the world taking part. (And no, you don’t need to homeschool to be able to participate–anyone is welcome!)
Specially designed printables will allow your kids to track not only their reading each month, but also the many ways they make the world a better place. And suggested activities will help you take your learning off the mere page and get the most out of each story.
A book club for kids, BY kids!
Since children also get inspired by others just like them, allow me to introduce you to my team of book club co-hosts and their roles (from left to right):
- Trishna Martin (13), Word Master
- Jonathan Martin (12), Kid Coordinator
- Elijah Martin (11), Justice Tracker
Let me tell you: These kiddos are NOT short on ideas; I can’t wait for you to see all they have up their sleeves for you and yours!
How We’ll Make a Difference:
Not only will we read and learn as a community, we’ll contribute as one!
Over these three months, we’ll also help heal the world by raising money for Love146, an organization helping to free and restore children who have been trafficked and exploited.
My husband Steve serves as CEO of Love146, and in 2013 we traveled as a family to the Philippines as part of our involvement. Back then our Simple Homeschool community generously donated over $10,000 to give the girls in the beautiful Love146 therapeutic Round Home a library of living books and to support their education for a year.
Our donations will go toward their educational needs this year as well–and guess what? One of the girls who lives in the Round Home will be joining our book club, too!
Here’s how it will work:
You’ve heard of people gathering charity pledges to do marathons and other sporting events, right? How about pledges to encourage your kids to read more? (What grandparent wouldn’t be up for that?!)
Readers and parents can ask grandparents, other relatives, and friends to participate by donating 1, 5, or 10 cents per page read (or just a flat rate per book if that’s easier!).
You can track only the selected title or go beyond it and track pledges for other titles you read that month as well.
At the end of each month we’ll donate what we’ve read! As a community we’ll watch all the dollars and cents add up, knowing that we’ve made a difference, and modeling for our kids the joy of giving.
Everyone who signs up to participate in the book club will receive:
- a printable reading log where you can keep track of titles read, pledges, and the ways your child has helped heal the world that month. This could include everything from taking dinner to a neighbor to speaking kindly to a sibling in a tense moment. The goal is for our kids to see that being faithful in small things is a BIG thing that matters!
- a beautiful certificate to fill out at the end of the month that you can give to your child and/or keep in their homeschooling portfolio/file, acknowledging their participation
I can’t get over how lovely these turned out, and they will be delivered via email immediately after you register. (Check your spam/junk/promotions folder if you don’t see it in your inbox.)
The Book Club Titles
Here are our book club titles:
February 2017 – The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
March 2017 – Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
April 2017 – Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins
Even if you can just join us for one or two months of the club you’re more than welcome to take part! Sign up and jump in when you can–or just save the materials to use at a time that’s better for you.
What if these books won’t work for me? What if your kids are too young or too old for this title? Or what if you just can’t get the book where you live? Or they don’t sound like a good fit for your family?
No problem! Each month we’ll provide members with alternative titles to choose from for other ages. We’d love to still have you join us.
What You Need to Do to Sign Up:
There’s no cost to be a part of the book club–you just need your own copy of Give Your Child the World to use as a reference (as well as access to the selected book for that month) and you’re all set.
Register for the book club here and you’ll receive an email with immediate access to the printables and other needed info!
Are you part of a co-op?
The Heal the World Book Club would make an easy-to-organize, meaningful class to add to your spring schedule this semester with reading, discussion, and community service possibilities. So exciting!
Just have each participant sign up individually so every family will receive the materials they need to get started.
Ready, set, go–let’s heal the world together: one day and one page at a time. Sign up here!
“Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.” ~ Mother Teresa