Every now and then a book lands in your lap and you realize it is like a long-awaited gift. I recently had the privilege to receive a book from Zondervan Publishing called “Give your Child the World” by Jamie C. Martin. Guys, this book is amazing!! So picture this — someone literally walks through a big, massive library and handpicked hundreds of books, organized perfectly into subcategories based on culture, location and age of reader. The goal is to expose your children to as many global books as possible starting at age 4 all the way up to age 12. Chapter 5 begins with the first list of books labeled Multicultural. It then subcategories these books for ages 4-6, 8-10 and 10-12. You then get the joy to read your way through Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America, Australia, Oceania, and the Polar Region. How cool is this!
Is it just me or is this the MOST BRILLIANT idea for a book???? The day I got this book in the mail I read it cover to cover in 2 hours. I got online and order the first 30 books from the list and then eagerly awaited a note from my library that they were ready. One book Martin listed under “Africa” ages 8-10, was “Seeds of Change: Wangarie’s Gift to the World” (Kenya) by Jen Fullerton Johnson, was a favorite of my daughters. I was a sweet book understanding the importance of education and how in many parts of the world it isn’t available.
The back cover of Martin’s books perfectly summarizes this treasure: “a global reading treasury that will boost your children’s academic skills, give them a global perspective, and strengthen your family’s values while also increasing faith and building character”.