The Exploring World Geography curriculum assigns the following twelve books.
- Know Why You Believe by Paul Little (Units 1-2)
- Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour with David Hazard (Units 3-4)
- Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story by Patricia St. John (Units 5-7)
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (Unit 8)
- The Day the World Stopped Turning by Michael Morpurgo (Units 10-11)
- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Units 12-13)
- Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat (Units 14-15)
- Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth (Units 16-17)
- Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine (Units 18-19)
- Ann Judson: A Missionary Life for Burma by Sharon James (Units 20-21)
- The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (Units 24-25)
- Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Units 27-28)
If your student has already read some of the books above, or if you would simply prefer a different book, here are some alternate suggestions:
- Memories Before and After the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp. This autobiography tells the real-life story of the Von Trapp family, made famous in The Sound of Music.
- Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang. This is very similar to Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. It is a true story set during the Cultural Revolution in Communist China.
- Endurance by Alfred Lansing. This tells the full story of Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to Antarctica on the Endurance, which is the subject of Lesson 74 in this curriculum.
- Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Eliot. This is the account of Jim Eliot (the author’s husband) and other members of the mission team who lost their lives attempting to reach an unreached people group in Ecuador with the gospel.
- A Passion for the Impossible by Miriam Rockness. This is the biography of Lillian Trotter, a nineteenth century missionary to Algeria.