Besos For Baby – guest book review by Elise Varella

For today’s post, I have a special guest - Elise Varella. She is a third culture kid who grew up in Mexico. Her mom, Vicki, was a former college roommate and friend of mine. Vicki and her husband, Art, who is Hispanic American dated at the same time as my husband, Tim and I, and … Continue reading Besos For Baby – guest book review by Elise Varella

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Swirly – a book review

Swirly written by Sara Saunders, illustrated by Matthew Pierce (2012) For ages 4-8 Let me start by saying, I really wanted to like this book - the title has been circulating for the last few years and recommended to me. However, I found myself having a strong emotional reaction to certain key concepts communicated in … Continue reading Swirly – a book review

Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World – a book review

Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World byDeb Brammer (1994) For ages 8-12 Although a bit dated, this is a one-of-a-kind book for older third culture kids who is adjusting to life overseas, written from a Christian perspective. Summary Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World is a novel about a family who … Continue reading Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World – a book review

Benjamin’s Box – a book review and activity leading up to Easter

Easter is two weeks away. In the Western part of the world, Spring is either here or just around the corner. I wanted to mention this book, Benjamin's Box. It is currently available as an ebook for just $1.99 on Amazon (and includes the audio). It is a great way to reflect on the resurrection … Continue reading Benjamin’s Box – a book review and activity leading up to Easter

What Then, Raman? – a book review

What then Raman? by Shirley L. Arora (1960) For ages 8-12 Every now and then I come across an older children’s book that in my opinion, should be listed as a children’s classic. This book is one of those. Although it is relatively unknown, I think it should stand along side of Frances Hodgson Burnett's … Continue reading What Then, Raman? – a book review

Grandmother and I – 16 picture books about grandparents

We often forget of the great sacrifice that grandparents too have to make when their children and grandchildren leave to move overseas or if you are a grandparent living overseas. My mom will never forget that moment, years ago, as they prepared to return overseas. As we reached their front door, Laura, her granddaughter, then … Continue reading Grandmother and I – 16 picture books about grandparents

Katherine Paterson – part 7 of my series on Third Culture Kids children’s authors

Katherine Paterson - Part 7 in the series on third culture kid children’s authors Today, I’m continuing my series on third culture kid children’s authors. If you have not read my previous posts in this series, here are the TCK authors I’ve blogged about so far - you can scroll back through my older posts … Continue reading Katherine Paterson – part 7 of my series on Third Culture Kids children’s authors

Adoption books for third culture kids

I have received many inquiries from families living overseas asking for children’s book recommendations on the theme of adoption. Since we do not have adopted children, I asked for advice from several families I know who have, as well as researched and read stacks of adoption books on my own. I am thankful to Cindy … Continue reading Adoption books for third culture kids

You’ve Got Mail! 10 picture books about letters and mail

I realize handwritten letters is not as popular anymore and have largely been replaced by electronic mail but I still think a handwritten letter, or drawings is a very personal and warm way to communicate love and thoughts. When I was eight years old, my classmates and I attended a month long ski camp in … Continue reading You’ve Got Mail! 10 picture books about letters and mail