Give Your Child the World
My 3 year old daughter has never left the United States, but she can tell you there is a city named Paris, France and she can recognize the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Tuileries Gardens.
I’d love to tell you this is because I’m such an awesome Mom and she’s the smartest kid on the block (which, she actually might be), but truthfully, it’s because her grandmother read her a book.
A book called “Madeline,” by Ludwig Bemelmans.
And we as a family have read it again, and again, and again.
I was so inspired by my daughter’s reaction to “Madeline” that I started to compile a list of storybooks that took place in a variety of locations around the world.
I had my excel sheet. I was taking notes. I was flabbergasted and thrilled when I found another Mom had already done all the work for me!
Jamie Martin wrote the book I was trying to create on my laptop, and she did it better and bigger!
She created a robust resource of global literature that my entire family will benefit from sharing and enjoying together.
I am thrilled to have taken the job of creating the ultimate global reading list off my “to do list” and replacing it with time spent reading and exploring the globe using “Give Your Child the World.”
Give Your Child the World
“Give Your Child the World” has geographically organized book lists designated by age groups:
- 4-6 (this is me and my kiddos!)
- and 10-12.
The reading lists include:
- Multicultural Books
- Middle East
- North America
- Latin America
- Australia, Oceania, and the Polar Regions
There are also several other chapters/sections of this this book that make it way better than my excel sheet of titles ever hoped to become.
- A “Historical Index” lists the time periods in history when the events in the books took place.
- A plethora of “Ideas for How to Grow as a Globally Aware Family.”
- A healthy dose of encouragement and reflection on the importance of “Raising a World-Changer.”
Then, as if taking this workload off my to do list wasn’t enough, Jamie whom I’ve never met and only recently heard of gave me a kick in the butt to stop planning and start reading these global books………Now!
Summer Reading Club
She is celebrating the release of “Give Your Child the World” with a Summer Reading Club that offers the chance to win prizes that tie in with her pursuit of global awareness in kids. I’m so excited! This is awesome! She’s awesome! I’m overcome! Thank you Jaime Martin!
Ironically, “Madeline” is not included in the list of recommended reads for Europe.
So, perhaps I’ll keep that excel file open and fill it with what we’ve already read instead of what I want to someday read.
If today my daughter can point to the map and show me Paris, France and tell me her friend, Madeline lives there, what can she and her brothers do with an entire summer of new global friends? I cannot wait to find out!
Interested in joining the Summer Reading Club for “Give Your Child the World?” – I learned about it here.
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The hashtag #giveyourchildtheworld will be used by those participating in the Summer Reading Club. Join us!!!
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