Beautiful Books for Our Kids
I love Beautiful Books… or Living Books, as they are called in homeschooling circles which follow the Charlotte Mason approach of educating the whole child:
Living books are usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject “come alive.” They can be contrasted to dry writing, like what is found in most encyclopedias or textbooks, which basically lists informational facts in summary form. simplycharlottemason.com
I was an avid reader as a child, and read and reread my favorites many times… Heidi… Little Women… the Little House Books… and more. I have been seeking out beautiful books that would be appropriate to send to my sponsored children, and have found a few of my favorites already in different languages. This section will hopefully grow quickly as more treasured books are located, and I welcome your input to develop this list.
Many of our sponsored children are growing up where there is very limited access to books, so it is a wonderful blessing for them to have beautiful, living books put in their hands to inspire them with characters of quality and stories to inspire their hearts and minds. Children in some countries such as the Philippines and Kenya learn English as a second language, which makes it easy for finding good books to send, and there are a number of books available for our Spanish-speaking children. Other languages can be a bit of a challenge, but there are some available books.
First of all, THE most important book of all.
If you sponsor with World vision, call and arrange for a bible to be given to your child in his language. It is around $30 to send this gift, which considering the cost of shipping if you sent it yourself, is a good deal. You might even receive a photo of your child with your gift, such as this one I received of my Devora in the Dominican Republic. If you sponsor with Compassion or another organization, write your child to find out if he has a bible of his own.
If you take a trip to visit your child, this is the best time to give a special bible in their language. For Spanish speaking kids, The Adventure Bible is a wonderful choice. These are heavy, so plan accordingly for your suitcase weight! I ended up pulling 12 lbs of books from my suitcase and stuffing them into my already too heavy carry on, because I just wasn’t willing to pay an additional $200 for overweight charges! But bringing the heavier bibles and bible story books are so worth it. Here is Yolani showing her new bible to her older brother, Celvin. None of the children in the family had bibles of their own, so this is a treasure for them to share together.There is a paperback version of the Adventure Bible New Testament in English. Right now it’s available in Family Christian Stores as a member’s special for only $5. For Compassion children, you can send 1/4″ thick sections of books, so you can separate this one into 3-4 sections. The Gospel of Mark is also available, which you can send intact.
Bible Story Books
I have many favorite bible story books for children that are available in English, but when I was in Honduras, I fell in love with this one that is available in Spanish… The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. This particular edition has the English and Spanish side by side, so I was able to read along silently while Luz Maria, one of the teens, read the story aloud to my Yolani in Spanish. Here is the final page of the story that she read that day, “The Singer” from the Sermon on the Mount:
After Luz Maria finished reading, I told her that I had specially chosen that particular story for her to read to Yolani, because it is such an important story. She turned and looked at me with very serious eyes and said, “Yes, this is VERY important. We need this story.”
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