Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

As we build our family legacy I’m always hoping to find ways to broaden our horizons.  I want Sarabeth to understand that there is a huge wide world out there, and I want her to also love books.  Eric’s not a big reader, but as you can see, I am never without a book in my hands.  In fact, just last night, I hit 51 books read this year already, and we’re only halfway through the year.  (Side note: When I told Eric this fact, he told me I could stop reading for the year! I’m not sure that’s even possible!) The newest book I picked up will help me show Sarabeth that there’s a huge world out there. And it will help foster a love of books.

As we build our family legacy I'm always hoping to find ways to broaden our horizons. I want Sarabeth to understand that there is a huge wide world out there, and I want her to also love books. Eric's not a big reader, but as you can see, I am never without a book in my hands. In fact, just last night, I hit 51 books read this year already, and we're only halfway through the year. (Side note: When I told Eric this fact, he told me I could stop reading for the year! I'm not sure that's even possible!) The newest book I picked up will help me show Sarabeth that there's a huge world out there. And it will help foster a love of books.

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Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minding Kids One Book at a Time

In this book, As we build our family legacy I'm always hoping to find ways to broaden our horizons. I want Sarabeth to understand that there is a huge wide world out there, and I want her to also love books. Eric's not a big reader, but as you can see, I am never without a book in my hands. In fact, just last night, I hit 51 books read this year already, and we're only halfway through the year. (Side note: When I told Eric this fact, he told me I could stop reading for the year! I'm not sure that's even possible!) The newest book I picked up will help me show Sarabeth that there's a huge world out there, and it will help foster a love of books.Jamie C. Martin talks about how to give your child the world.  Martin addresses building a multicultural family, literally through her marriage to a British man, and the adoption of two children.  But she also builds her multiculturally minded family by being intentional with the books that they are reading, the decor in her house, and the activities that they do as a family.

I grabbed this book because I thought it would be a helpful resource for homeschooling Sarabeth.  And I do think it will be! Martin spends most of the book providing suggestions for what to read with your children.  She breaks it down by regions (including a section on books that focus on multiculturalism in general), and in two-year chunks by age from 4-12.

Martin gives you a little synopsis of each book under the title.  Each synopsis gives you a bit of the plot.  Those synopses also will indicate whether a book from another country addresses other world religions and if the book is readable for an early reader.

It’s Never Too Late to Start

I’m a firm believer in the idea that your children can understand and gain knowledge even if you don’t think they are old enough.  Sarabeth singing a few weeks ago and shaking her finger no as she sang “not my name” was a clear indication of that.  So, with that in mind, it is never too early to expose your child to other cultures and countries and ways of living.  Reading this book made me excited to actually find our library and check out some books.  The earliest books are typically picture books, so even though  Sarabeth is only 19 months, she will be able to look at pictures and see the ways that people live differently.

Your child is a sponge, and the more you take advantage of those simple moments to embrace something new, they will soak up that information.  Give Your Child the World will help provide some of those resources. It takes the guess work out of determining whether a book is worth your time or not.  Martin established strict guidelines for what she considers good literature and having read through her explanations of those guidelines, I truly believe this list of books is one that will provide valuable content for many years to come.

Amy

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