Recommended Books & Publications
The Family in Mission: Understanding and Caring for Those Who Serve,
Andrews has done a great job of collecting the experts in the missions sector and writers in their area of expertise. This is a wonderful resource on many topics for those working in the missions community.
The Family in Mission: Understanding and Caring for Those Who Serve edited by Leslie A. Andrews (2004). Palmer Lake, CO: Missionary Training Institute
Writing out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids
This book is a wonderful resource on many topics impacting global nomads. It is well worth the price of the book.
Writing out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids, edited by Gene Bell-Villada and Nina Sichel (2012). Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars
Raising Resilient MKs
A good general resource for the missions community on how to raise missionary kids. It is one of the first books published on this topic.
Raising Resilient MKs, edited by Joyce M. Bowers (1998). Colorado Springs, CO: Association of Christian Schools International.
An informative book filled with tips on raising a baby while traveling and living outside of your home country.
Global Baby, by Anne Copeland (2004). Brookline, MA: The Interchange Institute.
Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing up Global
Great stories by adult Third Culture Kids from various sectors. I love reading their stories! The Third Culture Kids whose memoirs are given come from all walks of life.
Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing up Global, edited by Faith Eidse and Nina Sichel (2004). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press
The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home
Iyer is a master storyteller of his life growing up in many countries. He continues to travel the world in his profession as a journalist. You will find yourself underlining his many, wonderful insights into how to feel at home in a rapidly changing world.
The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home, by Pico Iyer (2000). New York: Vintage Books.
Notes from a Traveling Childhood: Readings for International Mobile Parents and Children
Notes from a Traveling Childhood: Readings for International Mobile Parents and Children, edited by Karen Curnow McCluskey (1994). Washington, DC: Foreign Youth Service Foundation.
Global Member Care: The Pearls and Perils of Living Abroad (Volume One)
This is a valuable book for those who work in the missions community. Kelly is a pioneer in the area of member care and a psychologist who understands how to cross sectors in order to help the family thrive and made the cross cultural adjustments.
Global Member Care: The Pearls and Perils of Living Abroad (Volume One) by Kelly O’Donnell.
Safe Passages: How Mobility affects People and What International Schools Should Do About It
Doug is a psychologist who spent many years working in an International School in the Netherlands. This book is a result of his research and work with Third Culture Kids over the years. It is also a great resource for counselors who use Attachment Theory in their work with TCKs.
Homeward Bound: A Spouse’s Guide to Repatriation
Of all of the books out there on repatriation back to your home country, this one ranks far above similar books. Robin’s humor and practical tips on how to make that adjustment keeps one engaged in her writing. She lets the reader catch a glimpse of what she went through as she floundered through repatriation into adjustment to her home country of Canada.
Homeward Bound: A Spouse’s Guide to Repatriation by Robin Pascoe.
Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World
Robin’s book is filled with practical advice to parents on how to raise a child while traveling the world. I was privileged to write a chapter in this valuable resource for parents. Robin is the mother of two children and has been known over the years as the expat expert. You will profit by reading this book. Her humor makes the book an easy read.
Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World, by Robin Pascoe (2006). Vancouver, Canada: Expatriate Press.
Expat Teens Talk: Peers, Parents and Professionals Offer Support, Advice and Solutions in Response to Expat Life Challenges as Shared by Expat Teens
There are few good books out there for expatriate teenagers. This one is at the top of my list. It has wonderful discussion questions, suggestions and stories for teenagers and those who support them in the their many moves.
Expat Teens Talk: Peers, Parents and Professionals Offer Support, Advice and Solutions in Response to Expat Life Challenges as Shared by Expat Teens, by Lisa Pittman and Diana Smit (2012). Great Britain: Summertime.
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up among Worlds
This is the “bible” when it comes to the literature on Third Culture Kids. It is the first book you should read, and the most important one, before you launch into the other literature. It gives you a vocabulary and a foundation upon which you can build as you read the other resources listed. If you can only afford one book, this is the one you need.
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up among Worlds, by David C. Pollack, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael V. Pollack. (3rd Edition) 2017, Boston: Nicholas Brealey.
The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition
This is a great book to give to that high school student that is making that transition back into their home culture in order to attend university. Tina offers all types of practical advice on how to make that physical and emotional transition without too many bumps. It also helps Mom and Dad in understanding their child.
The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition, by Tina Quick (2010). Great Britain: Summertime. Strangers at Home, by Carolyn Smith (1996). Bayside, NY: Aletheia.
Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: Practical Storytelling Techniques That Will Strengthen the Global Family
Julia understands the life of the Third Culture Kid as she is the mother of two children. Her book is filled with very understandable examples of how to help your children grow in emotional intelligence and express their emotions effectively as they experience various cultures. I have recommended it to many parents and they state it was most beneficial to them.
Letters Never Sent: A Global Nomad’s Journey from Hurt to Healing
Ruth shares the many emotions she encountered as struggled to figure out just who she was and where she belonged as a missionary kid growing up in Africa. This book is a look into her personal diary as she sorted through all of these emotions towards healing as a young adult.
Letters Never Sent: A Global Nomad’s Journey from Hurt to Healing, by Ruth Van Reken (2012). Great Britain: Summertime.
Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood inside the Fortress
This is one of the first books on the market on those TCKs who grow up in the military sector. You will gain insight into the world of the military and how it impacts the child.
Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood inside the Fortress, by Mary Edwards Wertsch (1991). Bayside, NY: Aletheia.
Slurping Soup and Other Confusions
B at Home: Emma Moves Again
When Abroad Do as the Local Children Do
When Abroad Do as the Local Children Do, by Hilly Van Swol-Ulbrich and Bettina Kaltenhauser (2002). The Netherlands: X-Pat Media.
Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the Snail Is a Traveling Snail Who Lives in Different Countries
Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the Snail Is a Traveling Snail Who Lives in Different Countries, by Helen Maffini (2011). CreateSpace Independent Publishing. Resources