Around the World in 80 Books (Part 3)

hello-diffretn-languages.jpgHola!  Bonjour!  Ciao! Nǐn hǎo! Guten Tag!  Good day, Matie!  Welcome back to our travels around the world in 80 books three-part series.  If you haven’t read the first and/or second blog, CLICK HERE (PART 1) and HERE (PART 2).

This month we will finish our travels by traveling to Asia, Africa, and Australia.  Besides eating delicious food and reading great books from around the world, we also spend a lot of time playing games!  Over the years, we have accumulated geography board games and card games as well as unique games that are played in other cultures.  Our “travel around the world” year-long studies can be summed up in four words:  pray, read, eat, and play!  We would learn about other countries and pray for missionaries around the world.  We would read books about people and places around the world and chapter books set in different places around the world.  We would eat new and exciting foods grown and cooked in countries around the world, and we would play games that helped us appreciate God’s amazing world and the people in it.

game ticket to rideI could do a whole blog just on the games our family has played and collected over the years!  Because we have so many favorites, my daughter and I will share many of them at our special weekend for homeschooling moms in March.  One of our Saturday sessions is “Passport to Learning.”  I promise we will bring tons of games from around the world to share with you!  Click here for more info on Saturday’s session:  Passport to Learning

Until then, let’s get our book backpack and finish our travels to Asia, Africa, and Australia!

BOOKS #61-70  ASIA

  1. Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin & Story of Ping by Majorie Flack (China)
  2. Grandfather Tang by Amy Tompert (China)
  3. The Origami Master by Nathaniel Lacheneyer  (Japan)
  4. Bee-Bim Bop  & A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Korea)
  5. Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein (**deals with incarnation beliefs**)
  6. Grandfather’s Dream by Holly Keller (Vietnam)
  7. The Secrets of the Terra Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang Compestine (China)
  8. White Crane:  Samurai Kids #1 by Sandi Fussel (Japan)
  9. Dolls of Hope by Shirley Parenteau (Japan)
  10. White Elephant by Sid Fleischman (Thailand)



  1. Possum Magic by Mem Fox  (Australia)
  2. The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall (Australia)
  3. Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox  & New Zealand’s ABC by Holly Schroeder
  4. Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (Egypt)
  5. Emmanuel’s Dream:  A True Story by Laurie Ann Thompson (Ghana)
  6. Seeds of Change:  Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Kenya)
  7.  I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Baba Wague Diakite (Mali)
  8. The Storyteller by Evan Turk (Morocco)
  9. Nelson Mandela:  Long Walk to Freedom Picture Book edited by Chris van Wyk (South Africa)
  10. Boy Who Harnassed the Wind:  A True Story by William Kamkwamba (Malawi)



I hope you enjoyed our travel “Around the World in 80 Books” three-part series.  We suggested 80 books we have used over the years to learn about different cultures and places around the world.  However, don’t box yourself into these books.  There are so many picture books, devotionals, and chapter books to choose from.  The idea is to pick books that highlight a country or culture in an authentic way.  I tried to pick books that showed the beauty of God’s world and the diversity of God’s people.  I also tried to find stories of people whose lives are worth emulating and stories of people following God’s Word.  I tried to read books that helped our family see the world the way God sees it and help our children to love God’s people the way He loves them.  I even chose books that highlighted other religions so my children would hopefully grow up to be global-minded, mission-oriented, and kingdom-centered.

If you are overwhelmed, may I offer a word of advice given by Jesus himself?  “Seek first the kingdom of God and all of these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:22)” and But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42).  Martha was frazzled and stressed about all she needed to do, but Jesus reminded her the most important place to be is at his feet in his presence.  When we choose to put God first, all the other things will be added in God’s perfect way and in God’s perfect timing.   My motto is “If all you did today with your family was read THE good book and a GOOD book, then you had a great day!”  It is enough and sufficient for that day.  The GOOD book is soul food and a good BOOK is brain food.  Without even trying, your kids will learn a few historical, scientific, and /or artistic concepts along the way.  There will be other days to catch up on math and writing.

May God richly bless your homeschooling adventures for His glory,

Carrie De Francisco

Mark your calendars for March 27-28th.  If you live in the southern California area, we would love for you to join us for our next homeschooling mom event:  Homeschooling Adventures:  A Weekend to Refresh, Rest and Rejuvenate.  It will be a weekend of encouragement, refreshment, and fellowship.  During our Saturday morning session, Passport to Learning, we will share more on the topic of how to travel the world (literally and figuratively) through books, field trips, games and family vacations. Check out our Upcoming Events Tab for details of each session and links to register.


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