As I’ve been typing up weekly summaries of our virtual tour learning about Children Around the World, using both Winter Promise and Sonlight curricula, I have been highlighting the books and resources we’ve added for each specific area. I realized recently that I have not yet highlighted the books that we are using week in and week out, and yet, they have been very significant to our learning. So I wanted to post today about several books we’ve been using that are about the world as a whole rather than one or two specific cultures or areas.
Books for Learning about Children Around the World – Non-Religious and Suitable for Preschool – Adult
- Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley – This book is fabulous to look at for seeing and comparing homes, schools, family life, and culture of children around the world.
- Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley – This is a favorite of ours that we pull out quite often when we are learning about different cultures. It is so fun to look at pictures, costumes, and customs of important celebrations in various cultures around the world!
Books for Learning about Children Around the World – Non-Religious and Suitable for Grade 3 – Adult
- Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann, and Paul Kennedy – This is a fascinating book, included with our Winter Promise curriculum, that includes photographs of statistically-average-for-their-country families from thirty nations around the globe showing family members outside their home, surrounded by all of their possessions. Bignificent and Middlenificent pour over these pictures for the countries we are studying each week (or the closest ones included in the book) and discuss what they see and what it would be like to live like these families. Some are more affluent than us and others exponentially less.
- Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio – By the same photographer as Material World, this book also profiles thirty families from around the world and offers detailed descriptions of weekly food purchases; photographs of the families at home, at market, and in their communities; and a portrait of each family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. I love looking at both of these books over and over!
Books for Learning about Children Around the World – Christian-Perspective and Suitable for Preschool – Adult
- I Heard Good News Today: Stories for Children by Cornelia Lehn – I just recently remembered that this book came with our Sonlight Core A, which we’ve found is not a very good fit for us. This book, however, is absolutely PERFECT for including my little ones in our studies this year! It includes short, engaging stories about God’s work around the world, organized by region. This book will be an integral part of our future years working through Winter Promise’s Children Around the World curriculum, and I highly recommend it!
Books for Learning about Children Around the World – Christian-Perspective and Suitable for Grade 6 – Adult
- Pray for the World: A New Prayer Resource from Operation World by Patrick Johnstone and Molly Wall – We have and use both Operation World (for adults) and Window on the World (for kids), but we’ve found that this resource, which is purportedly written for adults whose first language isn’t English, has been a really good fit for Bignificent, who is in 6th grade. It gives her a great overview country by country with 5 or 10 prayer points for each country as a whole.
- Praying through the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window (2nd edition) by C. Peter Wagner, Stephen Peters, and Mark Wilson – This book was included in our Sonlight Core F, and Bignificent has enjoyed working through it. As implied by the title, it only highlights places in the 10/40 Window, and our Winter Promise curriculum has us spending a lot of time outside of that window, so we added the above-mentioned Pray for the World. The two books have been a good combination.
I hope you find these books and resources as well as our recommended age ranges helpful! What books and resources would you add to the mix?