Children’s Books with Global Themes

Children’s Books

The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway—WONDERFUL! About a teacher that changes a village by coming in and teaching about plants and giving power to the people.

I Walk for Water by Lindsey Andrews – A little boy has to walk for water and you see he misses because of it

If You’re Missing Baby Jesus by Jean Gietzen—Amazing book for Christmas time: true story about a family who encounters a family in need at Christmas. It changes them all.

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler—A moving book about a homeless boy and his dad who live in the airport moving from terminal to terminal to not get caught. Reading Rainbow also has the book on DVD with additional real stories from kids and families who are homeless and people who help them.

A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning—A little girl and her mom live in their car.

Material World by Peter Menzel—Photos and families from around the globe. Really good looks at some lives in other places.

The Carpet Boy’s Gift by Pegi Deitz Shea and Leane Morin—Children stuck in a carpet factory learn of possible freedom

Mohammed’s Journey (A Refugee Diary) by Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young—True story of a boy fleeing Iraq.

Hamzat’s Journey (A Refugee Diary) by Anthony Robinson—True story of a boy leaving Chechnya after a run in with a landmine (there are more Refugee Diaries than these).

Kids Against Hunger by Jon Mikkelsen—Some kids try to figure out why their friend is ditching them at soccer, only to find that he is helping at a food kitchen.

Little Critter—Just Critters Who Care by Mercer Mayer—1st Reader book: Kids learn about a neighbor and decide to help. Really cute.

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams—A sweet and eye-opening book about a refugee camp in Pakistan. Two girls each find one sandal of a matching pair off of a refugee truck after not having any shoes of their own. They decide how to deal with it between each other.

A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting—A Latino immigrant grandfather teaches his grandson integrity.

One Smile by Cindy McKinley—One girl decides to smile and it has an effect on person after person after person.

CUMBAYAH by Floyd Cooper—The famous song used as a prayer with beautiful accompanying photos from around the world.

The Lord’s Prayer by Tim Ladwig—The Lord’s Prayer with beautiful pictures of a girl walking with her father through the inner city.

Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier—A girl’s life changes because of the gift of a goat.

Window on the World by Daphne Spragget and Jill JohnstonePraying for different kids in different countries.

Every Child Everywhere by Debby Anderson—Reminder about every kid everywhere being made by God.

For Every Child by UNICEF—The rights of the child in word and pictures.

Not Forgotten by Cal Ainley—A little African girl’s journey to a needed surgery.

Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M Joosse—An African father’s everlasting love.

My Sister, Alicia May by Nancy Tupper Ling—A book about a little girl with Down syndrome.

In Jesse’s Shoes by Beverly Lewis—A sister realizes God’s perfection in her special needs brother.

Tight Times by Trina Schart Hyman—A boy’s family is changing because money is really tight and things are hard with everyone.

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts—A boy struggles with not having the same shoes as everyone else.

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway—The change in a family when a small loan is given (true story).

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson—Random acts of kindness for a little girl have unending positive effects.

A Life Like Mine by Unicef—More visuals and facts about how children live around the world.

My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits—A girl from Korea moves to the USA and is scared to start school.

The Can Man by Laura E. Williams—A couple kids go from judgment and discomfort to helpfulness and relationship with a kind homeless man.

Mimi’s Village by Katie Smith Milway—A picture book about how healthcare transforms a village.

The Small One—A Good Samaritan by Katherine Brown—A different story based on one we all know.

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