There are many little ways to enlarge your childâ€™s world. Love of books is the best of all.Â â€”Jacqueline Kennedy
Read a good book lately?
Iâ€™m always coming across good books. Iâ€™m no longerÂ a school librarian, so my books are usually of the 14+ age, and are either inspirational or fiction. But last month I read a book thatâ€™s totally different, and Iâ€™d like to tell you about it.
Give Your Child the World:Â Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, by Jamie C. Martin
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â This book is aimed at parents who seek to expand their childâ€™s view of life through books, with the goal of raising their compassion and understanding of people who live in other places.
Jamie C. Martin asks this: How can we strengthen our kidsâ€™ natural love for the world so it doesnâ€™t disappear after awhile? How can we nurture it and grow it, allow it to naturally lead into caring for others around the earth?
Her answer: grow our childrenâ€™s love of people through books. Aim our children toward stories from cultures different from theirs. By exposing them to literature from other places, their eyes will be opened to other ways of doing things, seeing things, and celebrating customs. Simultaneously, it will prove how much every person has in common with one another.
Seem simple? Yes. Too simple? Maybe. But ask yourself: Do we do this, as parents? As teachers? As grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, or ministry leaders? Do we talk about how much we have in common with the people across the world? Do we discuss the customs practiced 15 hours to the east? To the west? And if not, why not? Would our discussions broaden our scope and that of our children?
If you are like me, the answer is time. Or know-how. Thereâ€™s no time, or I donâ€™t know enough about the customs of â€œthose places.â€
So have we considered that there is a simple way to teach compassion?
We read to know we are not alone.â€”C.S. Lewis
Surely itâ€™s not as easy as opening a book. Surely raising compassionate, globally-minded kids goes beyond just handing them a book and dusting your hands off, presto-chango.
Well, of course. Jamie C. Martin isnâ€™t saying itâ€™s simple. But she does try to make it as easy as possible by giving adults a little background, some pointers, then providing a well-organized collection of more than 600 selected childrenâ€™s book titles. Theyâ€™re listed according to age appropriateness, continent, and country, along with annotations.
This is a phenomenal list, yâ€™all.
Jamie C. Martin is a homeschooling mom. While Iâ€™ve never homeschooled â€“ I was a public school educator both in a classroom and the library for a total of twenty-five years â€“ I do have one important thing in common with her: we both grew up reading and are passionate about books. She has written several nonfiction books, which are posted on her website (simplehomeschool.net). Give Your Child the World is her most recent endeavor, published in 2016 by Zondervan.
Willing to give this book a try? Iâ€™d highly recommend it! But only if youâ€™re a parent, teacher, librarian, grandparent, aunt/uncle, educator, ministry leader, caregiver, or interested in promoting reading. Or just curious.
Hereâ€™s the best news: Iâ€™m giving away a copy of Give Your Child the World!
All you have to do is comment on the blog by midnight, Wednesday, September 28, 2016, and you will be entered into the drawing! The winner will be announced the following day. I will send the book to the winner via the U. S. postal system, free of charge. What a great deal!
Check back on Thursday to see if youâ€™re a winner. If itâ€™s not you, donâ€™t despair â€“ Iâ€™ll post how YOU can get this awesome resource. (it just wonâ€™t be free â€” but itâ€™s a great buy!)
Happy Reading, yâ€™all!
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.Â It should be offered to them as a precious gift.Â â€”Kate DiCamillo