Global Lit

Fantastic Books for Your Next Adventure.

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” -J.K. Rowling

Adventure in our house can be a giant tent built out of sheets that consumes the living room while my children chase their imaginations down unknown roads. It’s a new recipe collected from a far-flung corner of the world or a new friend that spends time at our table and invites us into their story. A good book is a tried and true gateway to adventure.

Here are a few of our favorites:

20th Century Children’s Book Treasury is over 300 pages of your favorite read-a-long books in one place that’s easy to pack! My kids are 6 & 13 and I’m still sticking it in my suitcase this summer. One of my favorite baby shower gifts!

Road to Samarcand by Patrick O’Brian.  A rollicking adventure from the author of Master & Commander through central Asia with a young boy, his gruff uncle Sullivan, Captain of the Wanderer and his colorful crew through a typhoon in the South China Sea and the mountains of Tibet to deliver a priceless gift of jade. A wonderful, read-a-loud tale for the whole family.

West with the Night by Beryl Markham. A memoir of a young girl who grew up in-between worlds in Kenya and found her way into flying as the first person to fly non-stop from Europe to America.  Hemingway called it one of the best books of all time.

Explorer’s Guild by Kevin Costner. One part graphic novel, one part epic adventure.  Beautifully illustrated but hard to carry in a suitcase, thankfully it just came out on Kindle!

Refugee by Alan Gratz. Three powerful stories of escape from Germany 1930s, Cuba 1994, Syria 2015. The perfect history lesson for a young adult, action-packed but woven together for impact and heart.

Enjoy!

 

Share this Story
Load More Related Articles
Load More By Sarah Kay
Load More In Global Lit

Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

“God’s idea was to make PEOPLE. . . ...

Have we met?


The child of missionary parents, writing became a natural was to process my adventures across the world.

Ndjerareou means 'he who builds the road in Ngambai, Nate's tribal language spoken in Chad, Africa.

Get on the VIP list!

Follow Me @

Did You Pin It?

My Insta-happenings

  • “You search me and know me
You know when I sit, when I rise
So You must know the choices I've, made And the pain that I hide

What if I saw me, the way that You see me? What if I believed it was true?
What if I traded, this shame and self-hatred? For a chance at believing You.”
-Ellie Holcomb, Wonderfully Made
.
My daughter LOVES music. Any chance to fill her soul with powerful positive lyrics is a no brainer. Thanks @arthousedallas for the special memory. #ellieholcomb #dallasarboretum #sunset&song #girlsandguitars #musicisgooodforthesoul #fightingwordsforthesoul #goodfriendsgoodmusic
  • While my oldest was earning extra credit and getting ready for Junior National Honor Society induction my littlest finished his spelling and did what he does best. Obviously they’re both living their best lives. .
This officially launches the annual May death march to summer vacation! We stand with all our incredible teachers that are on the home stretch. Can we all take a deep breath and just smile cause from here on out—hot dogs and cereal make a well balanced meal, holes in school pants or shoes or backpacks will be taped or forgiven. I will only buy pencils for the STAAR test and dear God let’s pray for that poor teacher. Remember, cold pizza is a perfectly acceptable lunch option and paper plates are standard from here on out. If you need us we’ll be playing outside as much as possible but we will work extra hard on that giant project that just got sent home (and yes I meant we. Remember we’re giving grace to one another and poster board doesn’t magically appear.) Bring it on! Finish strong dear ones! 
#may #canigetanamen #thankheavensforteachers #wewillsurvive #maythefourthbewithyou #howmanydaystillsummer #bestlife
  • Everyone is happy to get up early when there are donuts waiting for them at school. (Nice of them to invite the moms too but seriously pray for all the teachers as the sugar kicks in!!) Love their faces!!!! #muffinswithmom #umeprep #sugarrush #donutsfordays #thankyouevetyonethathelpedtoday
  • “She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”
-Toni Morrison
.
Happy Birthday Andrea!!! What a joy to celebrate your friendship and inspiring faith with people that trekked across the country to love you. It’s been a gift to watch you fearlessly face the unknown and put your trust so deeply in God. It was a testimony to the way you love people. Grateful for you!
.
#friendship #gathering #surprise #friendswhotravelarethebest #austinorbust #beholdthepoweroffriendship #andprayer #andaroadtrip #itsallforandrea
  • “To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.”-Martin Luther
.
Today we gathered under the canopy of the beautiful oaks and worshipped with laughter, friendship and frisbee. Thank you to everyone who served today! It was special. 
#churchpicnic
  • “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr Seuss
.
Having a junior higher in our house reminds me that it takes courage to shine, even more to be faithful to who God created us to be. Take a deep breath and do it for your thirteen year old self. 
#friyay #inspirationalquotes #herestocourage #drseuss
  • Bon Appetite, Chris Morocco’s Spicy Sweet Sambal Pork Noodles .
Lazy Saturdays in our house we all gravitate to the porch or the kitchen. This morning I stumbled onto the Bon Appetite channel @bonappetitmag (think YouTube meets one of my favorite food magazines.) Editor Chris Morocco used simple ingredients I keep on hand and slowly built this layered dish that includes 8 cloves of garlic, giant chunks of ginger and a 1/3 of a cup of Sambal Olek (chili paste.) It was refreshing to see the technique bring out the flavor over hard  to  find specialty ingredients. Fresh basil from the garden helped too. I substituted rice noodles instead of Ramen b/c it was in my pantry but seriously this dish was SOO good and was probably $8. I promised my 13 year old I’d teach her to make it and her future roommates will think she’s a god. It’s like the best comfort food. Think Asian version of mom’s spaghetti. #thankyouChris  #adventuresinthekitchen  #thefamilythatcookstogether #noodles #fortheloveoffood #simplefood #goodfoodfeedsthesoul #sambalolek #lazysaturdaycooking #cookingtogether
  • “The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...”
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
.
. 
We grieve with the people who’ve lived in the shadow of this powerful monument. #notredame #ndjerareoujourney #sosad #heartbroken