Several weeks ago, I received an email from a blogger I follow, Sarah MacKenzie, about a book club she was co-hosting. The nature of the book club intrigued me, so I clicked over to the co-host’s blog to find out more. I’m so glad I did, and I hope you’ll consider joining us in this fun endeavor.
Author/Blogger Jamie Martin released a new book, Give Your Child The World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, based on the idea that one of the greatest ways to help children understand our global world is by reading to them about other countries and their cultures. Her book is outlined mostly by continent, and each chapter consists of recommended books for the specific area of the world. In all, she has over 600 recommended books which can educate your children to different parts of the world. I ordered her book on Amazon and it lived up to its book description perfectly!
Sarah and Jamie decided to host an online book club for 8 weeks this summer, which culminates in a contest at the end. They broke the chapters of the book into 8 weeks, and each week you read a minimum of one book to your children about the specific area of the world referenced in the assigned chapter. At the end of 8 weeks, there is a drawing for prizes.
To prepare for our first two weeks of the reading club, I went online to our local library’s website to determine if any of the books were available there. I was thrilled to learn that nearly all of the books in Give Your Child the World were available from my library! I reserved a dozen or so, and picked them up the next day.
This Is The Way We Go To School explains with vivid pictures and excellent vocabulary, how children across the world go to school. Some go via train, subway, bus, car or even boat while others walk, bike or – my absolute favorite – use a pedicab. Does anyone know what a pedicab is? I didn’t. My mom guessed it was a cab for pediatrics. Good guess, mom, but it’s not a cab for pediatrics!
As we are wrapping up Africa this week, Carter loved A is for Africa. This book goes through the alphabet and references an African custom for each letter. This was fascinating and as a rising 2nd grader, Carter quickly ascertained key differences between African and American cultures.
This book club is a great way to expose kids and parents to different cultures while also spending quality time together, identifying where missionary friends live, and daydreaming about places to visit in the future.
Consider joining the book club and sharing about your own adventures with friends and family. Here is a little peek (from Jamie’s website) at what we are reading each week:
Mon, June 27th – Multicultural Week
Mon, July 4th – Africa Week
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–details coming soon!
Note: I signed up to become an Amazon Affiliate so if anyone buys a book from any of my links, I will get a few pennies credited to my Amazon account.