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Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool
Last week I hinted that you’d want to get your copies of Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time in hand as soon as possible, so you can use it for something fun this summer.
Well, today I can finally spill the beans! Several months ago I had the idea of celebrating the launch of my book with a summer book club for you and yours.
And because books are always better shared, I’ve teamed up with the fabulous Sarah Mackenzie of the Read-Aloud Revival to create the Read the World Summer Book Club–a club that’s going to take us all around the world this summer, one book at a time!
Take a peek:
Give Your Child the World has eight chapters of booklists in total, each one devoted to a different part of the world. Our book club will spend one week focusing on/highlighting each chapter!
All of your kids are invited to take part, whatever their age! Give Your Child the World includes book recommendations for ages 4-12, but teens are welcome to join in with picks of their own if they’re interested. And if your younger kids listen in as you read-aloud, that counts too!
Read one book each week from a different part of the world (according to the calendar below). That’s it!
So on Monday of Africa week, for example, you could read a picture book from Africa at the breakfast table, and boom! Done for the week.
Sarah and I wanted to make the “official goal” super-simple, so that even families who find out about the club after we’ve kicked it off can still catch up and join in.
But you can also step it up a notch and create your own goal: one picture book a day, one chapter book a week, or have each child choose a book from their age range. With over 600 recommendations in Give Your Child the World, there’s plenty to choose from!
And just to clarify, your book choices don’t have to come from the pages of my book for you to join the club. Anyone is welcome.
But those who do choose all of their book picks from the pages of Give Your Child the World get double entries when it comes time to choose winners for prizes–woot!
Prizes, you ask? Yes, over $1,000 worth! Keep reading to check out their awesomeness below.
Here’s the basic plan for the rest of the summer:
Note: If you’re joining us after the club has already started, just jump in according to when you find us! There’s no need to go in order, so you won’t be missing out.
Mon, July 11th – Europe Week
Mon, July 18th – North America Week
Mon, July 25th – Middle East Week
Mon, Aug 1st – Asia Week
Mon, Aug 8th – Latin America Week
Mon, Aug 15th – Australia/Oceania/Polar Regions Week
Mon, Aug 22nd – A global link up for all families to take part in!
For the most part, this follows the order of the chapters in Give Your Child the World, with the exception of North America week, which we bumped up–you’ll see why when that week arrives!
Each Monday on the dates above there will be a new post up here on Simple Homeschool with extra resources you can easily use to highlight learning about that part of the globe throughout the week.
And since it’s summer, we are keeping this super low-maintenance. Think of it as the “stress-free summer book club.”
Reading, learning, exploring. Done.
We’ve partnered with a talented designer and dear friend of mine, Sarah Whitlock, to create a collection of adorable printables:
- new regional maps to use each week,
- a low-maintenance log for your readers to keep track of (and rate) titles,
- coupons to keep your family motivated,
- and a certificate you can print out at the end of the summer as a souvenir.
In other words, we’ve done the prep work so you can get straight to the fun! Downloads will be released in each new post on a Monday right here.
Looking for the printables you need to get started with the summer book club? Head here!
Keep track of your family enjoying the book club all summer long with the hashtag #GiveYourChildtheWorld on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram–each week Sarah and I will highlight a few readers’ pics to remind ourselves that we’re all in this together.
And if you want to take pics with Give Your Child the World in front of any landmarks where you live or travel this summer, that would be fun to include as well!
Oh yes, back to those prizes. Thanks to the generosity of several sponsors, we’ve gathered over $1,000 worth of amazing prizes that celebrate the world!
Please visit these companies and their offerings below as you check out the prizes and plan your upcoming school year. I’m so grateful to them for participating.
Just check out the loot (one winner per prize!):
Every participant who reads at least eight global titles during the summer (one for each region) can be entered to win a prize at the end of the book club. And if all your book selections come from Give Your Child the World you’ll get double entries!
** The ironic truth is that the majority of these global-themed prizes can only be shipped within the United States. There are a couple of exceptions, though, so international readers are welcome to enter to win! If you do, I’ll be sure to choose a prize that would be available for your location.**
What you need to do for now
Go ahead and order your copy of Give Your Child the World if you haven’t already, and you’ll be all set!
When you have my book in hand, choose your titles for whatever week we’re currently on (see the calendar above).
Request them from the library or order your own copies so you’ll have them ready.
Can’t wait to travel the world with you and yours!
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