Book picks to help you become a better global citizen

World Book Day on April 23 is the perfect time to pick up a new (or new to you) book that’s going to expand your worldview. Looking for something new to read? We have you covered. Here are our picks to help you become a better global citizen.

If you like memoirs

  • A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier

If you’re looking for something to read with the children in your life

  • The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella
  • You Are Special by Max Lucado
  • God’s Love For You by Rich and Reneé Stearns
  • What Does It Mean to Be Global? By Rana DiOrio
  • People by Peter Spier

If you prefer novels

  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

If you want to be inspired by real-life stories

  • Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John
  • Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

If you’re eager to learn more about issues that face people in poverty

  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens, and Issam Smeir
  • City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

And if you’d rather skip a book and see a movie instead …

  • The Good Lie: After escaping the Sudanese civil war on foot and living for more than a dozen years at a refugee camp, a group of siblings come to the U.S. as refugees. An employment counselor helps them adjust to their new lives, becoming a close friend. (PG-13)
  • Queen of Katwe: Ten-year-old Phiona lives in a slum in Uganda. When she learns to play chess and begins winning tournaments, her world expands beyond her family’s poverty to the opportunities now available to her. (PG)
  • Lion: As a 5-year-old, Saroo is separated from his brother at a train station. He ends up in Kolkata, dodging danger at every turn. Eventually, he’s adopted by an Australian family — but years later he finds his way back home. (PG-13)

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