CRICS Students are Cross-Cultural Kids

Cross-Cultural Kids (CCKs) are children who grow up among many cultural environments for any reason.  (
We encourage our students, parents, and teachers to understand some of the key strengths and challenges of cross-cultural kids.
Here are some tools for navigating the years together.


Websites and Blogs about Cross Cultural Kids and Third Culture Kids

Cross Cultural Kid:
Global Ministry devoted to Missionary Kids:
Global TCK Care and Education:
Re-entry and transition Care: and


Books for all ages in the CRICS Library:

My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Tangled up travels by Kate Pennington
Raising global nomads by Robin Pascoe
Uprooted childhood by Faith Eidse and Nina Sichel
Hidden in My Heart - A TCK's Journey through Cultural Change by: Taylor Murray
Misunderstood, The Impact of Growing Up Overseas In the 21st Century by: Tanya Crossman
Cross Cultural Connections: Stepping out and Fitting in around the world by: Duane Elmer
Raising Resilient MKs by: Joyce M. Bowers & Robertson McQuilkin
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold-Climates by: Sarah Lanier
The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition by: Tina Quick
The Reentry Team: Caring for your Returning Missionaries by: Neal Pirolo
The Third Culture Kid Experience Growing up Among Worlds by: David Pollock
Third Culture Kids: The Children of Educators in International Schools by: Ettie Zilber
Gila Monsters Meet you at the Airport by: Marjorie W. Sharmat
When Africa was Home by: Karen Williams
Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you Hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move by: Judith Viorst
Tea with Milk by: Allen Say
Grandfather’s Journey by: Allen Say
Tree of Cranes by: Allen Say
Ira Says Goodbye by: Bernard Weber
Homesick: My Own Story by: Jean Fritz
Amber Brown is not a Crayon by: Paula Danziger
Half and Half by: Lensey Namioka
Equal Rights to the Curriculum by: Eithne Gallacher
I Hate English by: Ellen Levine
My name is Yoon by: Helen Recorvits
The Name Jar by: Yangsook Choi
The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down by: Anne Fadiman
The Year my Parents Ruined my Life by: Martha Freeman
A Country Far Away by: Nigel Gray
Now What?: Spiritual Discernment for Cultural Encounters by: Gary Green
Growing up Among Worlds by: OMF
Scamps, Scholars, and Saints: An Anthology of Anecdotes, Reflections, Poems, and Drawings by Third Culture Kids by: Jill Dyer
My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner
After the last border: Two families and the story of refuge in America by Jessica Goudeau
Alexander, who used to be rich last Sunday by Judith Viorst
Alexander, who’s not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to move by Judith Viorst
Amber Brown is not a crayon by Paula Danziger
B at Home: Emma Moves Again by Valerie Besanceney
Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile by Lois J. Bushong
Blackbird Fly by Kelly & Erin Entrada
Blue Willow by Mary Frank Gaston
The Boy Who tried to Shrink His Name by Sandhya Parappukkaran
Boy Everywhere by A. M. Dassu
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
C. S. Lewis Master Storyteller by Janet Benge
The Calling by Cathrun Clinton
Children of the River by Linda Crew
The Children’s Homer: the Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum
Christian Adventures by Ben Larsen
Cilla Lee Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan
Cilla Lee Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
Cilla Lee Jenkins: This Book is a classic by Susan Tan
A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray
Courage by Bernard Waber
Cross Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting in Around the World by Duane Elmer
Crying in H Mart: A Memior by Michelle Zauner
Culture Shock! Thailand by Robert George Cooper
Dark Pilgrim; The Story of Squanto by Feenie Ziner
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
A Different Pong by Bao Phi
The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz
Dreams in the Golden Country: The diary of a Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl by Kathryn Lasky
El Chino by Allen Say
Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Emotional Resilience by Julia Simens
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muanoz Ryan
Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina
Foreign to familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold- Climate Cultures by Sarah A. Lanier
Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo
Ghost Hunter by Michelle Paver
The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition by Tina L. Quick
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
Half and Half by Lensey Namloka
Hidden in My Heart by Taylor Murray
Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living by Bruce Gordon Epperly
I Hate English by Ellen Levine
I Know Here by Laurel Croza
I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’ Brian
If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine
Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
In Fear of the Spear by Marianne Hering
The Inspirational Writings of C.S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber
J.R.R. Tolkein by Alexandra Wallner
J.R.R. Tolkein The Man who Created The Lord of the Rings by Michael Coren
The Journal of Otto Peltonen, a Finnish Immigrant by William Durbin
Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt
Kisses From Kate: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Let’s Read About- Pocahontas by Kimberly Weinberger
Lima’s Red Hot Chilli by David Mills
The Little Prince by Antione De Saint- Exupaery
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
Mela and the Elephant by Dow Phumiruk
Memories of Summer by Ruth White
Misunderstood by Tanya Crossman
Moving Day by Robert Kalan
Moving From Mexico by Liz Rawlings
My Name is Not Refugee by Kate Milner
My Neighborhood: Places and faces by Lisa Bullard
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Noodle Pie by Ruth Starke
The Odyssey: The Story of Odysseus by Homer
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown is on the Move by Bruce Coville
Pioneer Summer by Deborah Hopkinson
Pocahontas by Nancy Polette
Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
Prairie Rose by Catherine Palmer
Problems in Plymouth by Marianne Hering
Raising Resilient MKs by Joyce M. Bowers
The Re-entry Team: Caring for Your Returning Missionaries by Neal Pirolo
The Return of Odysseus by I. M. Richardson
Safe Passage by Douglas Ota
Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki- Shaw
Scamps, Scholars, and Saints: An Anthology of Anecdotes, Reflections, Poems, and Drawings by Third Culture Kids
Shanghaied to China by Dave Jackson
Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg
Tales From the Odyssey. Part Two by Mary Pope Osborne
Tea With Milk by Allen Say
The Third Culture Kid Experience: Growing Up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock
Third Culture Kids: A Gift to Care For by Ulrika Ernvik
Tigger’s Moving Day by Kathleen W. Zoehfeld
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
The Turtle of Oman: A Novel by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Voyage of Odysseus by I. M. Richardson
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman
We Belong to Each Other by Jose Galvan
When Africa Was Home by Karen Lynn Williams
When I Grow Up (In Thailand) by Janice Santikarn
When I Grow Up Heidi Goennel
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
The Year My Parents Ruined My Life by Martha Freeman
You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl From Ukraine by Yeva Skalietska

Other Recommended Books Not Yet in CRICS Library:

Fragments And Faith - An Adult TCK Experience in Evangelicalism by: Melody Young
Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere - Insights into counseling the globally minded by: Lois J. Bushong
Uprooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing up Global by: Faith Eidse and Nina Sichel
Global Soul: Jet Lag Shopping Malls and the Search for Home by: Pico Iyer
You Know You're An MK When ....... by: Andy Kerr and Deborah Kerr
Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad In An On Demand World by: Robin Pascoe
Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World by: Rachel Jones

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