“When we make the world personal for our children, we make it easier for them to love it.”
The moment I read the description on the back cover of Jamie C. Martin’s new book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, I was ready to pour through it.
Since Brenna’s birth 4.5 years ago, I have seen firsthand the tremendous positive effect of simply learning about each other – learning about the why, how, where and especially the who of the people around us. Not what we think we see when we look at someone, but looking closer – getting to know someone’s story, who they are, and why they are who they are.
Give Your Child the World is a unique book… a resource book for parents to assist us in helping our kids learn about the world around them outside of their own little piece of it.
As the author writes in the book: “…what we have in common with our worldwide neighbors far outweighs what separates us. As children make that connection, it naturally develop compassion for their brothers and sisters around the globe and around the corner – because we all have similar needs, hopes, and desires. Great stories build an empathic foundation that leads to a life of service and concern for others.”
In Give Your Child the World, Jamie offers well-researched lists of children’s book, categorized by age groups (4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12) and by areas of the world (Asia, South America, and so on) with helpful summaries of the books.
As I read through it, I went a little overboard with the library requests because I was just so excited about these suggestions. We’re at least a handful of books in, and Connor and Brenna are absolutely loving it. Connor has been intrigued by the books like One World, One Day, which explores the fact that at the same moment in time, kids around the world are doing everything from having lunch to sleeping to getting ready for school. And Brenna’s favorite – no surprise here – has been What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World 🙂
“Well-chosen words touch and transform our souls – making us want to be better than we are right now.”
Reading with our kids is a powerful act, and each new story expands a child’s world, giving them a broadened perspective and growing worldview – educating them that there is far more beyond their own small life. And then, that same story also has the power to immediately shrink that expanded worldview, helping a child to realize that despite vast differences in clothing, food, culture and work, the people in these faraway places are just that – people. People like me, people like you, people like your child.
What an incredible resource Give Your Child the World is – and what a gift to your kids, to offer them this worldview of other cultures, experiences, people.