We're studying world history this year and have really been enjoying our current study of Asia and, in particular, China. It started out with reading Gladys Aylward, part of the Christian Heroes Then and Now series (there are about 40 books in this awesome series!). Gladys' adventures were incredible- we all loved reading this book- and I love exposing our kids to real life stories of people living out their faith. We can all use examples!
Little Pear was also a big hit. It was one of the read alouds Sadie stuck close for. This is a really sweet book about a young boy named Little Pear and the trouble he gets himself into.
We've also been watching the amazing documentary series (via Netflix), Wild China. It's appropriate for children and plenty interesting for grown ups. We've watched how rice is planted and harvested, learned about Chinese customs, pandas, how silk is made from silk worms, about the Great Wall, the landscape...I could go on and on and on.
Then there's Strawberry Girl (which has nothing to do with Asia), a book that tackles the issue of how we respond to families that are very different than ours...and who are mean to us. It provokes lots of good conversation.
A couple new books series Sam has gotten into are the Jungle Doctor series (true stories based on a missionary doctor's adventures) and Chronicles of Faith (this series has lots of pictures).
It's really hard for me to place just any 'ole book in Sam's hands anymore. I used to stick to anything that was written when my parents were children or before because I trusted the content, but I'm finding there are some other decent options out there. My requirements are still stiff and depend greatly on the characters and examples a book will place before his eyes.
While not all of Sonlight's books are Christian, I do trust their judgment and recognize that there are things that my children should be thoughtfully exposed to especially if I'm close by asking follow up questions or pausing to discuss certain elements of a story.
This balance of sheltering and exposure is quite a challenging part of parenting.
How do you determine what you will or won't allow your children to read?