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Living Book List: World


This living book list includes recommendations for elementary and middle school students. Use parent discretion. Some books contain sensitive content and are not appropriate for all ages. Some books are vintage with original language, including terms that are not respectful or appropriate today. Reading vintage living books aloud allows the parent to omit words. It also creates an opportunity to engage in important dialogue about historical misconceptions/wrongs and the importance of word choice to show respect to all people. Four Square condemns any words used to describe people or people groups that undermine their value as created equally in the image of God.



Brothers Keeper, by Julie Lee (Korea)

Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai (Vietnam)

See Saw Girl, by Linda Sue Park (Korea)


Seven Little Australians, by Ethel Turner


Latin America

Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba, by Alma Flor Ada (Cuba)

Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson (Amazon)

My Name is Maria Isabel, by Alma Flor Ada (Puerto Rico)

Middle East

I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai (Afghanistan)

The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis (Afghanistan)

North America