My mom just posted a list of five ways we use non-book media in our family to help us kids understand other cultures better. You can see it here. But I am a total bookworm, so Mom and I worked together to make a list of the books I feel have helped me understand other cultures better, and I explained how they helped me. Mom had lots of suggestions that I didn’t include – I told her to go do another post of her own about books. This is my list!
I’ve been reading a lot about Native Americans and South American Indians for school this year (I homeschool with Sonlight Curriculum), so a lot of these books are ones I’ve read and really enjoyed from school. I know that a lot of them are about cultures from a long time ago, but they still help me to understand cultures nowadays better because I learn how other people think differently from me which makes them act differently too.
Children Just Like Me: Celebrations!
– It’s fun to see how other cultures celebrate holidays with the family.
Window on the World: When We Pray God Works
– It helps you know what’s going on in other countries and how you can pray for people there.
The American Indian Prayer Guide– It helps you learn the history of American Indians and where they are now and how you can pray for them.
Vostaas: White Buffalo’s Story of Plains Indian Life
– It tells about the many cultures of Native Americans – how they live, work, their food, and even their schools.
The Very First Americans (Reading Railroad)
– It tells about the Native Americans and how they live, especially their shelters. One of the main ones was the Hopi.
And The Word Came With Power
– It talked about the hardships of adapting to another culture but also showed that it’s worth it.
Little House On The Prairie Series
– It shows about times long ago and how people lived then.
Magic Tree House Series – The main characters are always traveling from time periods to different places, and they always appear in clothes that look just like the people who are there’s clothes. It really shows about the cultures because the whole story is them trying to figure out something and the culture helping them. Sometimes they have research books too that tell them about the culture.
Rescue the Captors
– It tells about guerrillas’ lives in the jungles of South America. It showed why some cultures can act more rough than what I am used to.
Incans Aztecs and Mayans
– It compares all three cultures so you can see how they lived and then they show both the goods and the bads of the cultures. My mom LOVES this book. We’re reading it together for school, and she says almost every day that she wishes she had books like this when she was in school.
So that’s my list. What books would you recommend I read to learn more about cultures? I’m always looking for new books to read!