“Give Your Child the World,” by Jamie C. Martin

I recently had the chance to read Give Your Child the World, by Jamie C. Martin. This nonfiction book was released on June 7, 2016 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared to change it for good.

Young children live with awe and wonder as their daily companions. But as they grow, worries often crowd out wonder. Knowing this, how can parents strengthen their kids’ love for the world so it sticks around for the long haul?

Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine–one that can boost their kids’ immunity to the world’s distractions. STORY.

Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism. You’ll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts. You’ll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.

Give Your Child the World includes more than 600 children’s book recommendations from around the world. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.

Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.

My Verdict:

I love book lists. I have multiple copies of “Honey for a Child’s Heart” and “The Read-Aloud Handbook” at my house, and I love to give both as baby shower gifts. Give Your Child the World is joining those two as one of my very favorites! It’s a carefully cultivated book list from a global perspective. Martin started this list for her own family, where they celebrate each other’s cultures through good books (her family covers four continents, as her husband is from England, one of her sons is from Liberia, and her daughter is from India.) One of the best things about this book is the number of new-to-me titles! I love finding out about new books that I think my children will love. Books are indexed by author, country/region, historical period, and title. In addition to all the great book recommendations, I enjoyed the mini-interviews throughout the book where families describe what “giving your children the world” looks like in their homes. Finally, I don’t often pay attention to celebrity book endorsements, but when a book features blurbs from both LeVar Burton and Ann Voskamp, you know it’s going to be a keeper!

The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast (one of my favorites) has a great interview with Jamie here, and they are also offering a “Give Your Child the World” summer reading book club. You can find all about that here.

If you’d like to check out Give Your Child the World it is currently on sale for $8.99 for the Kindle version right now (regularly $16.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $9.89. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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