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The book that makes it possible to Give Your Child the World

Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

In what feels almost like another lifetime (and probably was in internet years!), I had the privilege of working with an amazing team of bloggers at Simple Living Media, founded by Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom (now The Art of Simple).

One of those bloggers was Jamie Martin, the editor of Simple Homeschool and the author of two of my very favorite parenting books—Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.

Jamie and her British husband (Steve), who is the CEO of Love 146, are the parents of three beautiful kids born on three different continents, and Jamie has a heart not only for homeschooling and motherhood but for the world as whole.

Back in the Simple Living Media days, when we would meet often on Skype as a group, Jamie began to dream of a book full of book lists for families who wanted to discover the beauty of the world from their bookshelves—a curated list that other families could choose from with confidence.

From the moment Jamie shared her vision for this book, I’ve been anxiously waiting for it to be ready, cheering her on, and {not-so-patiently} checking on the status.

I am so excited that it’s finally here!

Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

What’s even more amazing is that I can say with confidence that the release of Give Your Child the World came at the absolute most perfect time for our family. It arrived on my doorstep while I was in the middle of A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille, learning more about an educational philosophy that Jamie herself has been sharing for years but that just finally caught my attention (more on that soon).

Reading that book convinced me to move back to a homeschooling practice that began first with living books, and Give Your Child the World inspired me to choose our books for this summer based around a specific region of the world.

My girls voted to study Africa first, and I had so much fun digging into Jamie’s list and filling our bookshelves with books that highlight the beauty and diversity of the various countries in Africa.

"Creating a family culture of books means our kids have the chance to live a thousand lives before leaving our home." | Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin

This is a beautiful book that will inspire you to give your child the world through good books and then equip you to do that with regional book lists broken down by age group (including picture books for 4-6 year olds and 6-8 year olds and chapter books for 8-10 year olds and 10-12 year olds). Each book list includes a description of the book and notes about any important details (references to religion, sensitive topics, etc.). And in the back you’ll find multiple indexes of all 600+ books broken down not just by author and title as expected, but also by country/region and historical timeline.

I’ll be sharing more about how exactly we’re using these booklists in our homeschool in the coming weeks. I’m trying not to rush through our Africa studies, but the truth is I can’t wait to dive into the next set of books.

In the meantime, I’ll echo LeVar Burton’s words…whether you have children or grandchildren, homeschool or teach other people’s children, this book is “an invaluable resource” for your collection!

P.S. Grab your book today so you can join Jamie and Sarah from the Read Aloud Revival for The Read the World Summer Book Club!