Usborne and Kane Miller books are well-known for their encyclopedic non-fiction. But did you know about the gorgeous picture books? Here are ten lovely and vibrant picture books featuring diverse characters in everyday situations, doing everyday things.Continue reading “10 Diverse Picture Books for Every Child’s Library”
I’ve been thinking a lot about the books we homeschoolers choose to highlight in our individual homeschools. Classical Great Books? Vintage readers? Diverse own-voices novels? Non-fiction memoirs? Re-written edited morality tales? (Please, just say no to that last option.)
Why do homeschoolers choose the books they do?
It’s a question worth asking, and worth examining our own choices. As Christian homeschoolers, we want our children to know about God, and grow up to love Jesus. Certainly we also want to nurture the gifts God has given our children, and not bury our kids’ talents in the ground like the servants in Matthew 25 did with the talents the master had given. If we have a math-minded child, for instance, we want to allow that child to excel and soar in mathematics. And we may make it a priority to raise culturally literate children, who have at least heard of Mother Goose, Winnie the Pooh, and Shakespeare (although they don’t need to love them.)
But beyond the basics of reading and writing, and the basics of spiritual catechesis, why do we choose the books we do? What sorts of books are filling our shelves — and our kids’ minds?
Expand your horizons with this FREE diverse summer reading challenge (includes a printable tracker)
Are you looking for global and culturally diverse summer reading ideas for your kids? Do you want your kids to…
- …stretch their reading legs outside of their usual North American comfort zone,
- …tackle topics they haven’t before,
- …open their eyes to the marvelous diversity found everywhere around us,
- …turn their attention to countries and cultures with which they aren’t super familiar,
- …celebrate this great big global world God created,
- …learn about non-European food, music, art, inventions, and holidays,
- …enrich their perspectives with culturally diverse reads
…and ultimately, grow closer to Jesus and better learn to love their neighbor?
You need to download our FREE global reading challenge!Continue reading “Take the Diverse Summer Reading Challenge (FREE printable)!”
I’m frequently asked for recommendations on diverse US history books for kids, especially to supplement American history curriculum.
There’s only so many books you can read about George Washington, know what I mean? And honestly — why would you keep reading about the same handful of people over and over, when there’s a whole wonderful world to embrace?