General Books about TCKs

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Bringing Up Children Overseas by Sidney Werkman
This unique guide for families preparing to move to a foreign country is a gold mine of practical advice on how to cope with the special problems of living abroad.

Cross-Cultural Reentry: A Book of Readings by Clyde N. Austin (editor)
Cross-Culture Reentry is a great collection of studies, personal accounts and research about the effects of returning to your host culture from living in a foreign culture.

Fitted Pieces: A Guide for Parents Educating Children Overseas by Janet Blomberg & David Brooks, (Editors)
Family educational issues offer the greatest challenge for families living and working overseas. Fitted Pieces is designed to equip parents to make informed decisions for their children that are workable and appropriate for their family.

*Hidden Immigrants: Legacies of Growing Up Abroad by Linda Bell
Linda Bell, the wife of a retired diplomat who raised her own children in assignments around the world, recounts the problems and pleasures of living a nomad’s life, from the perspective both of the children and their parents.

I Have to Be Perfect by Timothy L. Sanford
Through the sharing of personal experience, the author helps others understand PKs/MKs and for them to understand themselves.

Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World by Robin Pascoe
In her fifth book for expatriate families, the author recounts with honesty and trademark humour what worked for her family and shares the hard lessons learned.

Serving at the Ends of the Earth: Family Life and TCKs by Steve and Gill Bryant
A complete guide to welfare issues from transition to family life, multilingualism to online safety, and much more with many personal stories included. The educational section considers the many options with their pros and cons, plus long-term planning, special needs, and international school comparisons. The link on the title allows you to direct-order the book from the Bryants by email.

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds by David Pollock, Ruth Van Reken, Michael V. Pollock
The “premiere” book on TCKs with many insights and recommendations regarding helping them maximize the advantages of their lifestyle and working through the challenges.

Third Culture Kids: A Gift to Care For by Ulrike Ernvik
Moving between cultures brings both beauty and challenge. Ulrike clearly outlines a treasure chest of interactive and reflective activities which can be used to help TCKs integrate and embrace all their experiences into their life story. Individuals, families, and groups may do the activities. Every chapter ends with suggestions for Young and adult TCKs, parents, and sending agencies.

Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by Wess Stafford and Dean Merrill
The time has come, argues Dr. Wess Stafford, for a major paradigm shift: Children are too important and too intensely loved by God to be left behind or left to chance. Children belong to all of us and we are compelled to intervene on their behalf. We must invest in children–all across the world.

Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global by Faith Eidse & Nina Sichel, (Editors)
A collection of memoirs of experiences that present a cultural mosaic of today’s global citizens.

Books for Parents of TCKs

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