Raising Our Kids One Book at a Time ~
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool
Twenty years from now when my kids are grown, married, perhaps with children of their own…nothing would thrill me more than if they looked back on their childhood through the lens of the books we read together.
Wouldn’t that be cool?
They might remember these distinct “book stages” of their lives:
- the Children Just Like Me era
- the Beatrix Potter/first family trip to England era
- the Little House era
- the understanding slavery era
- the Anne era
- the World War II era
- the Story of the World era
But why? What’s the point of all this reading that fills our days?
It’s true that creating a story-centered family culture offers plenty of benefits to children: time to bond as a family and huge academic advantages among them. But those aren’t the most important reasons to me.
The real reason I’m raising our kids one book at a time is this:
I hope these titles root deep in my children’s souls, building their characters page by page, strengthening them for when hard times inevitably come, and leading them to grow up looking not just for a career but a calling.
You see, I believe my kids, and yours, are meant to impact, change, and heal this hurting world of ours. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to not just read, but to read our way around the world.
This travel plan fits every budget. 😉 And now you can come along!
Reading about other cultures, countries, and those who live in them kindles our kids’ sense of adventure, grows their compassion, and gently conveys this important lesson:
This world isn’t all about me, but I can be all about helping this world.”
And that knowledge and awareness will serve our children whether they become truck drivers or surgeons, missionaries or homeschooling moms. Each and every one of them world-changers in their unique spheres of influence, whatever it might turn out to be.
It’s in honor of all your amazing kiddos (& mine) that I’ve spent the past five years researching and writing Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time.
I am all excitement and nervous butterflies, pinching myself in disbelief after ALL.THIS.TIME, to give you a taste of it today!
Give Your Child the World’s official description:
Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared to change it for good.
It includes more than 600(!) book recommendations from around the world. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes my brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.
Jamie’s unofficial description:
Think of this book like an inspiring geography/literature/history resource–one that will take your kids all the way from age 4 through age 12, for just the cost of a single paperback!
On top of the detailed reading lists that will save you tons of time (like 5 years, LOL!), the book also shares our family’s unique multicultural story (4 countries in one family, how did THAT happen?!), practical ideas to help you create a globally-conscious home, and the power of using story to truly give your children the world.
A peek inside the Table of Contents:
Foreword by my globe-loving friend Tsh Oxenreider
Opening verse: “The World in Our Homes”
Part One: Falling in Love with the World
Chapter 1: The Good Earth: A Love Story
Chapter 2: Practical Ways to Invite the World into Your Home
Chapter 3: The Power of Story
Part Two: Read the World
Chapter 4: The Joy of Other Lands: How to Use the Reading Lists
Chapter 5: Children Just Like Me: Multicultural Books
Chapter 6: Bring the Rain: Africa
Chapter 7: Number the Stars: Europe
Chapter 8: The Weaving of a Dream: Asia
Chapter 9: Silent Music: Middle East
Chapter 10: Wagon Wheels: North America
Chapter 11: A Harvest of Hope: Latin America
Chapter 12: Sailing Off: Australia, Oceania, and the Polar Regions
Closing verse: “How to Raise a World-Changer”
Give Your Child the World is available now!
And if my writing has deeply impacted your family, I’d also love to invite you to join my support team–a group of individuals who want to share my work and this book. I’m beyond grateful for these folks!
After all these years, I can’t thank you enough for letting me unveil this piece of my heart. I made it for you and those incredible babes of yours, and I’m thrilled that it will soon be in your hands.
“My prayer for you, now and forever:
that the world will never lose its wonder,
that you may always have an open book in hand,
and an open heart within, to learn and apply its lessons.
You’re a world-changer, dear child, and the world is waiting for what only you can give.”
~ from the final page of Give Your Child the World
What part of the world would your family most enjoy exploring through books right now?
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