Suggested Book List for Parenting and Living Abroad
Bell-Villada, Gene H. and Sichel, Nina (2013). Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third-Culture Kids. In this groundbreaking collection, writers from around the world address issues of language acquisition and identity formation, childhood mobility and adaptation, memory and grief, and the artist s struggle to articulate the experience of growing up global.
Bender, Margaret (2002). Foreign at Home and Away: Foreign-Born Wives in the U.S. Foreign Service. Writers Club Press. Stories of women born in other countries who, through their marriages to American diplomats, became representatives of the United States. Experiencing immigrant life in a unique way, they share the challenges faces by other women in cross-cultural marriages away from their own countries.
Bowers, Joyce M. (1998). Raising Resilient MKs: Resources for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers. Association of Christian Schools International. A comprehensive collection of the best and most current thinking on a wide range of topics dealing with the nurturing and education of "missionary kids."
Brooks, Janet R. and Blomberg, David F. (2001). Fitted Pieces: A Guide for Parent's Educating Children Overseas. SHARE Education Services. The book offers help for parents in fitting together the important components of educating children cross-culturally. It is designed to help parents make informed decisions about an educational plan that is workable and appropriate for their family.
Bushong, Lois (2013). Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile. Readers will discover what are the basic characteristics and counseling skills effective with Third Culture Kids (those who have spent the majority of their developmental years outside of their passport country).
Chen, Trudy (2012). The BuddhaPest (Third Culture Kid Chronicles Book 1). Marc Gomez finds himself alone in a Hungarian boarding school when his mother, a US Army Colonel is deployed to the Middle East. Soon, he becomes friends with a group of cross cultural misftits which he has nothing in common with except the English language.
Copeland, Anne (Ph.D.) and Bennett, Georgia (2001). Understanding American Schools: The Answers to Newcomer's Most Frequently Asked Questions. The Interchange Institute. This book guides newcomers to the United States, or those who have been abroad for a long time, about the challenges of understanding the U.S. school system. Foreign born spouses might find this book especially helpful. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fenzi, Jewell with Nelson, Carl L. (1994). Married to the Foreign Service: An Oral History of the American Diplomatic Spouse. Twayne Publishers. 170 individuals offer candid and revealing testimony about the lives and roles of Foreign Service spouses through interviews spanning the twentieth century.
Gardner, Marilyn R. (2014). Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging. These essays explore the rootlessness and grief as well as the unexpected moments of humor and joy that are a part of living between two worlds. Between Worlds charts a journey between the cultures of East and West, the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones and familiar places, and the loneliness of not belonging.
Hess, Melissa Brayer and Linderman, Patricia (2002). The Expert Expatriate. Nicholas Brealey Publishing/Intercultural Press. An easy-to-follow guidebook full of practical and useful suggestions on successfully relocating overseas.
Jehle-Caitcheon, Ngaire (2003). Parenting Abroad. Aletheia Publications. Written by an expatriate, who lived abroad for twenty-six years, this guide provides useful insights on the many and complicated issues that arise as one raises children abroad.
Johnson, Spencer (1998,2002). Who Moved My Cheese?, Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens, and Who Moved My Cheese? for Kids. Putnam Press. This is parable about how each of the four characters react differently to change in their lives. The parallels with Foreign Service life are obvious.
Kalb, Rosalind and Welch, Penelope (1992). Moving Your Family Overseas. Intercultural Press. The authors of this book are Americans who draw on their personal experiences to balance general advice and detailed suggestions as they explore the major issues in raising children in the internationally mobile lifestyle.
Langford, Mary et. al. (2002). The Essential Guide for Teachers in International Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. A roadmap for future international schoolteachers; a lantern on the road to understanding and interacting with other cultures in an international environment. Insight into what to expect for those contemplating teaching overseas.
Maxfield, B. (2000). Up, Up, and Away!!!! Washington, DC: Foreign Service Youth Foundation. FSYF@fsyf.org. Paperback. Mainly for the kids themselves.
Meltzer, Gail and Grandjean, Elaine (1989) The Moving Experience: A Practical Guide to Pyschological Survival. Cleveland: Multilingual Matters, Ltd. This book gives practical suggestions for surviving the psychological stresses and challenges of moving for both local and international moves.
McCluskey, K. C. (Ed.). (1994). Notes from a Traveling Childhood: Reading for International Mobile Parents and Children. Washington, DC: Foreign Service Youth Foundation FSYF@fsyf.org. Paperback. Writings intended to bring to life, the exciting and challenging experience of the "Foreign Service" life-style.
Murray, Taylor (2013). Hidden in My Heart: A TCKs Journey through Cultural Transition. Written as a series of individual prayers to God, Hidden in My Heart tells Taylor's story as she transparently unloads her grief and anger on Him and, surprisingly, finds Him willing to listen and bring her to a place of healing and-ultimately-joy.
Nelson, D-L (2014). Murder on Insel Poel (Third Culture Kid Mysteries). In this TCK mystery, American Annie Young, a technical writer and historical researcher, enjoys freelance work that takes her to new places. Her new assignment sends her to Insel Poel, a remote island in the north of Germany on the Baltic Sea. This unusual mystery features a strong, intelligent female character and a plot that offers historical interest along with contemporary social issues.
Ota, Douglas W. (2014). Safe Passage: how mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it. Firmly grounded in psychological theory and cutting-edge neuroscience, Safe Passage maps the challenges of moving and charts a course for individuals, schools, and accrediting bodies to navigate them.
Parker, Elizabeth and Rumrill-Teece, Katharine (2001). Here Today There Tomorrow: A Training Manual for Working with Internationally Mobile Youth. Washington, DC: Foreign Service Youth Foundation FSYF@fsyf.org. Lesson plans for guiding teens through constructive discussion about the challenges of transition.
Pascoe, Robin (2000). Homeward Bound: A Spouse's Guide to Repatriation. Expatriate Press. Written to help better prepare the globally nomadic family to gain the greatest benefits from their experiences, this book covers topics ranging from re-entry shock to marketing one's international experiences to prospective employers.
Piet-Pelon, Nancy and Hornby, Barbara (1985). In Another Dimension: A Guide for Women Who Live Overseas. Intercultural Press. Good, solid, practical advice to help women take advantage of one of life's greatest opportunities... that of sharing in another culture.
Pollack, David C. and Van Reken, Ruth (2017). The Third Culture Kids 3rd Edition: Growing Up Among Worlds. Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Based on both research and the personal stories of countless individuals, this book fully explores the various implications of growing up abroad as a "Third Culture Kid" by individuals. In this 3rd edition of the ground-breaking, global classic, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael V. Pollock, son of the late original co-author, David C. Pollock have significantly updated what is widely recognized as The TCK Bible.
Price, Julianne (2018). The Adventurers Club. Moving to a new home can be a tremendous journey for parents and children alike. The Adventurers Club was written to help families god no through that transition. Speaking directly to the reader, the sibling duo of The Adventurers Club invite children to joint them as they turn packing boxes into pirate ships, empty rooms into art canvases, strangers into friends, and a new house into home. Illustrated by Marie Wiscombe.
Seaman, Paul Asbury (1997). Paper Airplanes in the Himalayas - the Unfinished Path Home. Cross Cultural Publications. An autobiographical account by a "Third Culture Kid" of his journey from his childhood in Pakistan, to boarding school for missionary kids to the struggle in his adult years to find a sense of belonging. Recounts one mans struggles to find peace with the Third Culture Kid experience.
Simens, Julia (2012). Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: Practical Storytelling Techniques that will Strengthen the Global Family. Provides a step-by-step guide that is designed to increase a child's emotional vocabulary and emotional intelligence.
Smith, Carolyn (1996) Strangers at Home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming "Home" to a Strange Land. Aletheia Publications. The editor of this book is a Foreign Service spouse who understands well the full implications of the international nomadic lifestyle. The compilations of essays by others who have been through it offer many insights, as well as practical suggestions for helping children - especially teenagers - to adjust.
Stepanek, Vanessa (2000). Riding the Crosswinds. Johnson Printing "A journey as seen through the eyes of a young girl growing up abroad, always moving and travelling, as she is exposed to the hidden messages of the world."
Summerfield, Ellen (1997). Survival Kit for Multicultural Living. Intercultural Press, Inc. An insightful examination of the cultural and ethnic cross-currents that have swept the United States. The author offers concrete steps the reader can take toward successful multicultural living.
Taber, Sara Mansfield (1997). Of Many Lands: Journal of a Travelling Childhood. Washington, DC: Foreign Service Youth Foundation FSYF@fsyf.org. A journal for people brought up on foreign countries, the author allows the reader to record his/her international experiences with samples of her own journal entrees.
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