Young children live with awe and wonder as their daily companions. But as they grow, worries often crowd out wonder. Knowing this, how can parents strengthen their kids’ love for the world so it sticks around for the long haul?
Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine—one that can boost their kids' immunity to the world’s distractions. Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism. You’ll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts. You’ll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.
Give Your Child the World features inspiring stories, practical suggestions, and carefully curated reading lists of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.
Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.
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About the Author
Carla Mercer-Meyer is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has a strong musical theater background, as she has been performing her entire life. Her performances include Into the Woods; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and many other theatrical productions. Carla resides in Southern California.
Table of Contents
Foreword Tsh Oxenreider 11
"The World in Our Homes" 13
Part 1 Falling in Love With the World
1 The Good Earth: A Love Story 17
2 Practical Ways to Invite the World into Your Home 25
3 The Power of Story 35
Part 2 Read the World
4 The Joy of Other Lands: How to Use the Reading Lists 45
5 Children Just Like Me: Multicultural Books 49
6 Bring the Rain: Africa 65
7 Number the Stars: Europe 81
8 The Weaving of a Dream: Asia 101
9 Silent Music: Middle East 123
10 Wagon Wheels: North America 131
11 A Harvest of Hope: Latin America 155
12 Sailing Off: Australia, Oceania, and the Polar Regions 173
"How to Raise a World-Changer" 189
Author Index 195
Country/Region Index 199
Historical Index 211
Title Index 217
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How I wish I had this great resource when I was homeschooling my kids! Jamie Martin has created a teaching masterpiece, compiling over 600 books that bring the world right into your living room. Not only does she break down the books into age appropriate categories (4-6,6-8,8-10,10-12), Martin also provides ways to use these books in your own home. Children are naturally curious about the world in which we live and this book definitely helps answer their questions. The section "Practical Ways to Invite the World Into Your Home" is perfect for such activities as a weekly food journey or understanding what kind of money a different culture may use. A must have for all teachers and parents. I would recommend this as a gift for all your teacher friends as we head into the school year. Martin has made "raising globally minded kids" a lot easier!
A masterful resource for parents, Give Your Child the World, opens with the author’s backstory of how God brought love, connection, and compassion to her in a miraculous and global way. It’s fascinating to look back and see God’s hand so obviously active in Martin’s early life, reminding me that the same is true in each of our lives. Part One continues with one of my favorite chapters, Practical Ways to Invite the World into Your Home. The author fills this chapter with a myriad of simple ideas that make a big difference in developing global mindedness in our families.I wish I had possessed this book 15 years ago when my children were young! To “help you make reading a natural part of your family’s life,” the first part of Give Your Child the World concludes with suggestions for developing a story-solid foundation. The rest of this wonderful resource consists of lists, summaries, and personal notations of hundreds of books that will bring the world to your family. These book lists are divided into age groups (4-6, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12) within chapters representing different continents or areas of the world, with one general multicultural chapter. I do wish the author would have included suggestions for books for older teens and adults. One of the most useful aspects of this book are the extensive indexes, with books listed by title, historical time period, country/region, and author. With the ability to cross-reference by time and region, you’ll always find the perfect book for your circumstances. With this guide, you will have at your fingertips an invaluable resource to connect ourselves and the next generation with our global family. Jamie C. Martin believes in the power of story to develop our children’s awareness, empathy, and compassion for others around the globe. In her words, “What we have in common with our worldwide neighbors far outweighs what separates us.” Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time is a book I wish I would have had years ago. But global-mindedness is a timely concept to weave into our lives at any age; therefore, I expect I will be referencing this resource for years to come. *This honest review is in exchange for a 2 free copies of the book from The Blog Spot Network.
Give Your Child the World provides parents with the tools they need to cultivate a lifelong love of nations and cultures in their children, while at the same time developing an affinity for reading quality literature. With a friendly, relatable writing style, Jamie shares her own experiences and communicates why giving our children a global perspective matters. The author’s passion for this project is evident in her words, and that passion will spark a desire in readers to impart compassion and appreciation for far off places in their children by experiencing great stories. The book is well-organized, with suggested books categorized by continent, and within that, by age range (4-6, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12). Additionally, the well thought out indexes list books by author, country, historical period, and title. Not only is Give Your Child the World an inspiring read, it is also a practical tool that will benefit my family for years to come.