Give Your Child the World (A Book Review)

IMG_1992One of the reasons I wrote Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient, is to give children a look at the world of the Maasai, a tribe in rural Kenya. I wanted to develop a series that could help parents, grandparents, and teachers to raise globally minded kids as well as teach first Corinthians 13 principles. My next book is about Thailand, and my artist is working hard on it. Standby, and I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

Before I started writing books, I wrote missions curriculum for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for five years. We wrote our way around the world, and I came to love our big, beautiful world with all its amazing cultures, places, and people more than ever before. Since then, I have traveled to more than 40 countries and learned firsthand how amazing and diverse our world is.

Recently Zondervan published a new book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin. It’s a really great resource for parents, grandparents, schoolteachers, and Sunday school teachers—anyone who wants to raise children who care about the world. I haven’t seen anything like this in a long time.

In essence it’s a compilation of children’s books organized by age ranges (4-12) and by region and country. Each book that’s listed includes a short description. There are also four indexes to help you find just the right book for your child, grandchild, or student. I sure wish I had such a resource when I was a parent and a teacher and a missions curriculum writer, but now that I’m a children’s book author and grandmother, I will still get to enjoy this resource.

There are over 600 book recommendations about places around the world, stories that can enlarge a child’s global view of the world as well that as help them to grow academically and compassionately. The author is a homeschooler and married to Brit, and they have adopted a child from India and a child from Liberia as well as have one of their own.

Books, reading, and kids. It’s a wonderful combination, and when you add learning about the world, you have a powerful combination. Buy books for children that will help them grow in this area. Teach children to care about the world, not just about themselves, not just about their friends, but about the whole wide world. After all, it’s God’s world, and we are His ambassadors.

If you’d like to learn more or purchase  Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin, click here. If you would like to learn more or purchase Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patientclick here. Thanks for growing globally minded kids.

How do you instill globe worldview and the kids in your world? I’d love to know!




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