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Summer Reading Fun

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We love summer time and we love reading around here! Our local library has a summer reading program that my girls love to be a part of and they are already filling up their little list of all their fun books that we have read together so that they can turn it in at the end of the summer for a prize. It’s a fun way to keep them excited about reading and it gives us a fun reason to head to the library just about every week.

Of course, reading is so very important for many reasons but one of the reasons that I love the most is that it opens their eyes and hearts to places they have never been before. I strive to be intentional with the books that we check out of the library and get a few books about life in another country or culture so that they can see now as little ones that life isn’t always like their life here in America. I want them to see that children don’t always have lots of toys or that their names are different and foods are different. I also want to be able to walk alongside of them and answer their questions and remind them that even though cultures and countries and people are different, God created all people and He loves them deeply and so should we!

If you are looking for some fun books for reading time this summer with your little ones, here are some fun ones that we have and LOVE!!

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Beatrice’s Goat

Rain School

My Name is Yoon

We All Went on Safari

A Piece of Home

How Many Donkeys

Mama Panya’s Pancakes

Those Shoes

Name Jar

Last Stop on Market St. 

We are always looking to read new books about different places and peoples, so what would you add to the list?

 

*I am not an Amazon affiliate and do not receive anything from your purchase! I just want to share some of our favorite books in hope they will become some of your favorites too!

 

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National Book Lover’s Day!

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Today just happens to be National Book Lovers Day and what better way to expose our little ones to other cultures than through reading books! Most of us can’t pack up and go to these different countries, but we can read to our little ones and help them understand a little of what it’s like to live in a country far away or live in a different culture 

Here are some of my favorite books that we have on our book shelf right now or we’ve grabbed from the library recently:

 

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My Name is Yoon

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The Name Jar

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Rain School 

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We all went on Safari 

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How many Donkeys? 

And here are a couple of my favorite missional books to encourage our Mama hearts: 

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Raising World Changers in a Changing World

Kristen Welch

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Imperfect Courage 

Jessica Honegger

*This book is set to release NEXT week! I was able to be a part of the Book Launch Team and had my hands on a prerelease copy and it’s GOOD! 

 

What books are your favorite to read or to read to your little ones?! 

 

*I am not being compensated for sharing any of these books or links to Amazon, just love them and want to share the love! 

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Idea: Reclaiming Reading Time

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Let’s be honest – It’s not always easy (or cheap) to take your kiddos all over the world with you… but we want them to be exposed to other cultures and people and nations…

 

One of the many things that I love to do with my girls is read books! We have some books that we have read over and over again to the point that Ivey pretends that she’s reading the book to me now. It’s really the cutest thing – hearing her recount the words like “jammy to the left, jammy to the right… jamma jamma jamma PJ!” from the PaJama Time Book.  I could share a couple more but I’ll save you – because I know you probably can relate!

As we were reading one day, it was like a lightbulb went off and I began to ask myself, “Why am I NOT reading to my girls from books about things happening all around the world?!?” I got so excited and started to search all over Pinterest for worldview books / global books, etc. and honestly, I just wanted to cry and not in a good way… it was OVERWHELMING! I went to the Library and begin to search and I had NO idea where to even start!  But I also knew that reading to my girls about the world was crucial to begin to open their little hearts and their little minds to see and love the world and the people that God created!  I can’t expect them to have a heart for the world when I don’t show them that a world exists outside of our little part of town or even our street.

So as we read together now, I strive to choose books with purpose – books that show different cultures, introduce different languages, tell stories from other parts of the world, and while right now, they don’t fully understand that Chad is in Africa and Africa is a LONG way from here or that there are all types of bread from around the world, or that they can learn to count in different languages  – they are learning and I want to capture it while I can and hopefully help teach them to have a love and passion for others around the world.

A Great Resource so you won’t be crying at the library or waste 5 hours of your life on Pinterest:

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

Articles with Book Ideas:

https://www.imb.org/2016/09/05/reading-list-missional-parents-raising-globally-minded-kids/

https://www.imb.org/2017/05/26/the-cheapest-way-to-travel-with-your-kids-childrens-summer-reading-list/

 

What books are you reading with your kiddos? Have you come across books that will help open up our minds to learn about other cultures?