Good reads for TCKs

Last update 14-4-2017. 

In this section you can find an ongoing bibliography that I call good-reads with a list of books, sites, films and theatrical productions about “Third Culture Kids”, expats etc.

If you would suggest some titles or recommend some sites, please do so in the comment section and I will be glad to add them to the list.

Good reads

Baumgartner, Antonia (2011) Third culture kids – development of a current phenomenon. Masterarbeit, Universität Wien. Fakultät für Philosophie und Bildungswissenschaft, Betreuer: Hutterer, Robert. [downloadable pdf]

Bell, Linda, Hidden Immigrants. Legacies of Growing Up Abroad, Cross Cultural Pubns/Crossroads (September 1997)

Bell-Villada and Nina Sichel, Writing out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK Cambridge Scholars, 2012.

Benson, John. S.. Missionary families find a sense of place and identity: two generations on two continents.Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.

Blakemore, Catherine, Mixed Heritage: Your Source for Books for Children and Teens about Persons and Families of Mixed Racial, Ethnic, and/or Religious Heritage, Albany, Adams-Pomeroy Press, 2012.

Bowers, Joyce M., Raising Resilient MKs, Colorado Springs, CO: Association of Christian Schools International, 1998.

Bridges, William, Transitions: Making Sense Of Life’s Changes.

Bridges, William and Susan Bridges, Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, Da Capo Lifelong Books, Third edition 2009.

Bushong, Lois J., Belongin Everywhere & Nowhere. Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile, Mango Tree Intercultural Services, 2013.

Carter, Trisha and Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad, A guided journal for adapting to life overseas, Summertime Publishing, 2014.

Chaney, Rachel and Kerry McDonald, Choosing Home: 20 Mothers Celebrate Staying Home, Raising Children, and Changing the World, May 2015 (Kindle Edition)

Copeland, Anne, Global Baby, Brookline, MA, The Interchange Institute, 2004.

Costa Eriksson, Simone T. and Ana Serra, The Mission of Detective Mike: Moving Abroad – a story to help expat children understand the relocation process, Summertime 2010.

Curnow McCluskey, Karen, Notes from a Traveling Childhood: Readings for International Mobile Parents and Children, Washington, Foreign Youth Service Foundation, 1994.

Dalton-Bradford, Melissa, Global Mom. Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family, Familius, 2013.

Dixon, Philip and Mary Hayden, On the move: primary age children in transition, in Cambridge Journal of Education, Volume 38, Issue 4, 2008, pp. 483-496.

Dobbe, Jill, Here We Are & There We Go: Teaching and Traveling With Kids in Tow, Orange Hat Publishing, 2012.

Dyer, Roger and  Jill Dyer, Scamps, scholars, and saints: An anthology of anecdotes, reflections, poems, and drawings by Third Culture Kids, MK Merimna, 1991.

Eidse, Faith and Nina Sichel, Unrooted childhoods. Memoirs of Growing up Global, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2003.

Gardner, Marilyn N., Between Worlds, Doorlight Publications, 2014.

Gidley, Apple, Expat Life: Slice by Slice, Summertime, 2012. [please find a book review here]

Gillies, Warna D. , Children on the Move: Third Culture Kids & education of children who live outside of their native country (html; digital)

Hofstede, Geert, Michael Minkov, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, McGrwa Hill, 2010 (3rd ed.)

Iyer, Pico, The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home, New York, Vintage Books, 2000.

Janssen, Linda A., The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures, Summertime Publishing, 2013.

Jordan, Peter, Making the Transition from Missions to Life at Home, Y W a M Pub (December 1992).

Keenan, Brigid, Diplomatic Baggage (The adventures of the trailing spouse), John Murray, 2007. (a personal story)

Lemieux, Diane and Anne Parker, The Mobile Life. A new approach to moving anwhere, 2013.

Maffini, Helen, Sammy’s next move, Third Culture Kids Press, 2011.

Martin, Sasha, Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family and Forgiveness, National Geographic, March 2015.

McCartney, Tania, Beijing Tai Tai: Life, Laughter and Motherhood in China’s Capital, Exisle Publishing, 2012.

McCluskey, Karen C., Notes from a traveling childhood: Readings for Internationally Mobile Parents & Children, Foreign Service Youth Foundation, 1994.

Mitchener, James R., The Illusive Home, 2011.

Moore, A. M., & Barker, G.G. (2011). Confused or multicultural: Third culture individuals’ cultural identity. International Journal of Intercultural Relations (2011)

Murray, Taylor, Hidden in My Heart, A TCK’s Journey through Cultural Transition, 2013.

Ota, Douglas, Safe Passage, How Mobility Affects People & What International Schools Should Do about It, Shearsman Books, 2014.

Parfitt, Jo, Sunshine Soup, Summertime Publishing, 2011.

Parker, Elisabeth  and Katharine Rumrill-Teece, Here today, there tomorrow: A training manual for working with internationally mobile youth, Foreign Service Youth Foundation, 2001.

Pascoe, Robin, A Broad Abroad: The Expat Guide to Successful Living Abroad, Expatriate Press Limited (July 20, 2009)

Pascoe, Robin, A movable marriage. Relocate your relationship without breaking it, Expatriate Press Limited (January 15, 2003)

Pascoe, Robin, Homeward Bound. A Spouse’s Guide to Repatriation, Expatriate Press Limited (March 1, 2000)

Pascoe, Robin, Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World, Expatriate Press Limited (August 25, 2006)

Pascoe, Robin, Culture Shock! Successful living abroad: A Parent’s guide, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 1999.

Pavlenko, Aneta, The Bilingual Mind And What It Tells Us About Language And Thought, 2014.

Pavone, Chris, The Expats, Crown, 2012.

Pittman, Lisa  and Diana Smit, Expat Teens Talk, Peers, Parents and Professionals offer support, advice and solutions in response to Expat Life challenges as shared by Expat Teens [Kindle Edition], Summertime Publishing, 2013.

Pollock, David C. and Van Reken, Ruth E. , Third culture kids: growing up among worlds, London, Nicholas Brealey, 2009.

Rauwerda, Antje M., The Writer and the Overseas Childhood,The Third Culture Literature of Kingsolver, McEwan and Others, 2012.

Ray, Elka, Hanoi Jane, Marshall Cavendish Asian Chic, Mark/Hoffman, 2012.

Sand-Hart, Heidi, Home keeps moving, McDougal Publishing, 2010.

Shah, Aniket and Akash Shah, Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas, Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (July 25, 2005)

Shaules, Joseph, A Beginner’s Guide to the Deep Culture Experience: Beneath the Surface, Intercultural Press (August 12, 2010)

Simens, Julia, Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: practical storytelling techniques that will strengthen the global family, Summertime, 2011.

Smith, Carolyn D., Strangers at home: Essays on the Effects of Living Overseas and Coming “Home” to a Strange Land,  Aletheia Publications, 1996.

Sonnenberg, Brittani, Home Leave. A Novel, Grand Central Publishing, 2014.

Grand Central Publishing
Grand Central Publishing

Storti, Craig, Figuring Foreigners out. A practical guide, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 1998.

Storti, Craig, Coming Home, Nicholas Brealey Publishing; N/E edition (May 1, 2001).

Storti, Craig, Art of Crossing Cultures, Nicholas Brealey Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (September 12, 2007)

Tsang-Feign, Cathy, Keep Your Life, Family and Career Intact While Living Abroad, 2013.

Van der Pool, Marieke, Bride Flight, Portabello Books, 2011.

Van Reken, Ruth E., Letters never sent, a global nomad’s journey from hurt to healing, Summertime, 2012.

Zilber, Ettie, Third Culture Kids – The Children of Educators in International Schools, John Catt Educational, 2011.

Zoer, Martine and Michelle Kristensen, The Kids’ guide to Living Abroad, Foreign Service Youth Foundation (2007).


Journal of Global Mobility, The Home of Expatriate Management Research.

Novels and children’s book


Joseph O’Neill, Netherland, Fourth Estate, 2012.  (written by a TCK)

Segun Afolabi, A Life Elsewhere, Random House, 2007 (and kindle) (adult content!)

Childrens’ books

Ahmad, M.A., Emigh, C., Gemmer, U., Menezes, B., Tonges, K. & Willshire, L., Slurping Soup and Other Confusions: True stories and activities to help Thrid Culture Kids through transition, UK, Summertime Publishing, 2010 (stories and activities to help third culture kids during transition)

Ajmera, Maya and Anna Rhesa Versola, Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2001.

Asch, Frank, Goodbye House, Aladdin, 1989. (age 3-7)

Baer, Edith, This is the way we go to school, 1992. (new edition by Laine Falk & Amanda Miller 2009) (age 4-8)

Besancenay, Valérie, B at Home, Emma moves again, Summertime Publishing, 2014.

Biale, Rachel, We are moving, Berkeley, Tricycle Press, 1996.

Civardi Anne and Stephen Cartwright, Moving house, Usborne Publishing, 2005. (preschoolers)

Danziger, Paula, Amber Brown is not a Crayon, Puffin, 2006. (age 7 up)

Hollyer, Beatrice, Wake up, world!, Henry Holt, 2002.

Kindersley, Dorling, Children just like me, Barnabas & Anabel Kindersley, 1995.

Libby, Larry, Someday Heaven, Zondervan, 2001. (age 4-8)

Maffini, Helen, Sammy’s next move: Sammy the Snail is a traveling snail who lives in different countries, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2011.

Mansfield Taber, Sara, Of Many Lands: Journal of a Travelling Childhood, Foreign Service youth Foundation, 1997.

Roman, Beverly, Dalene R. Bickel and Michael J. Cadieux, Footsteps around the world: relocation tips for teens, Wilmington (2nd edition), BR Anchor, 2005.

Roman, Beverly, Let’s move overseas: the international edition of Let’s make a move, Wilmington, BR Anchor, 1999.

Schubeck, Carol, Let’s move together, Orange, Suitcase Press, 2000.

Sharp, Ann Margaret, Geraldo, ACER Press, 2000.

AND Teachers manual: Discovering our voice, Geraldo, Ann Margaret Sharp and Laurance Joseph Splitter.

Spraggett, Daphne and Jill Johnstone, Window on the World, WEC International & Paternoster, 2001.

Van Swol-Ulbrich Hilly and Bettine Kaltenhauser, When abroad do as the local children do, The Netherlands, X-Pat Media, 2002.

Viorst, Judith, Ray Cruz, Alexander, Who’s not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) going to move, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1998. (age 5-8)

Wiggins, Clara, The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide, A light-hearted but authoritative manual for anyone accompaying their partner on an overseas assignment, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015.

A light-hearted but authoritative manual for anyone accompanying their partner on an overseas assignment

Zoer, Martine, The Kid’s guide to living abroad, Washington, Foreign Service Youth Foundation, 2007.

Great transition guides

Knell, Marion, Burn up or Splash down, Authentic Media, 2007.

Knell, Marion, Families on the Move, Monarch Books, 2001.

Kohls, Robert, Survival Kit for Overseas Living: For Americans Planning to Live and Work Abroad, Nicholas Brealey America; 4th edition (March 13, 2001)

Livingston, Mike, Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in the USA, First Books; 2nd edition (July 13, 2011)

Pascoe, Robin, Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World, Expatriate Press Limited (August 25, 2006) (already mentioned above)

Quick, Tina, The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition, Summertime, 2010.

Rader, Debra and Linda Harris Sittig, New Kid in School: Using Literature to Help Children in Transition, Teachers College Pr; First Printing edition (April 2003)

Roman, Beverly D., Footsteps around the world: relocation tips for teens, BR Anchor Publishing, 2005.

Rybol, Hélène E., Culture Shock: A Practical Guide, 2014 [Kindle Edition]

Rybol, Hélène, Reverse Culture Shock, 2015 [Kindle Edition]

Sand-Hart, Heidi, Home keeps moving, McDougal Publishing, 2010. (mentioned above)

Seaman, Paul Asbury, Far Above the Plain, William Carey Library, 2012.

Shah, Aniket & Akash, Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide to Moving Overseas, Dog Ear Publishing, 2005. (mentioned above)

Storti, Craig, The Art of Coming Home, Intercultural Press, 2001.

Theatrical productions

Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey by Elizabeth Liang (trailer & excerpts)

Online interviews

TCKid Talks: Interview with Ruth van Reken & Michael Pollock, 26 October 2013

Tayo Rockson’s “As Told By Nomads podcast” features interviews with global nomads, Third Culture Kids, entrepreneurs and multicultural individuals who are leaders in business, culture, travel and global affairs to discuss what it takes to embrace your global identity and become a global leader. (see also his site listed up here below)

TED Talks

Pico Iyer: “Where is home?”

Short Films (Youtube etc.)

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home

Who are Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads

Third Culture Kids

Neither Here Nor There

International Students Experience: Part 1: Culture Shock

International Students Experience: Part 2: Culture Shock

International Students Experience: Part 3: Personal Adjustment

International Students Experience: Part 4: American Handshakes

International Students Experience: Part 5: Academic Adjustment

Netherlands and the Dutch culture

Holland vs The Netherlands


All God’s Children (2008) dir. by Scott Solary and Luci Westphal.

Amreeka (2009), produced by First Generation Films, directed by Cherien Dabis.

Bend it like Beckham, the story about a girl thorn between cultures.

Brats: Our journey home (2005), produced by Kintop Pictures, directed by Gurinder Chadha.

Castaway, a man’s journey of leaving a life behind only to go home and find life there has gone on without him.

Edge of America (2003), produced by Showtime Networks, directed by Chris Eyre.

Hafu – the film (2014), is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. (Hafu: people who are half-Japanese)

Home again: a documentary about Missionary Kids, directed by Julie Englander.

Les Passagers: A Third Culture Kids story by Aga Magdolen

Mean Girls (2004), produced by Paramount Pictures, directed by Mark Waters; the story of a young girl returning to her passport country.

Neither here nor there (2011), produced and directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki.

Robin Pascoe – Where is “home” for a third culture child?

Somewhere Between (2011), produced by Long Shot Factory, directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton.

So where’s home? A film about Third Culture Kid Identity by Adrian Bautista

The Great Santini (1979), produced by Bing Crosby Productions, directed by Lewis John Carlino.

The Interpreter (2005), produced by Universal Pictures, directed by Sydney Pollack.

The Karate Kid (1984), produced by Columbia Pictures corporation, directed by John G. Avildsen.

The Namesake (2006), produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by Mira Nair.

The Road Home (2010) produced and directed by Rahul Gandotra.

The Stream: Cultural chameleons

The Terminal  by Stephen Spielberg (Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones)

Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads

Transition Third Culture Kids (about (possible) problems students face when moving to a new school).


Among Worlds Among Worlds is an online magazine for adult TCK’s (or ATCK’s).

BR Anchor Publishing BR Anchor Publishing’s primary goal is to prepare individuals and families for domestic or international relocation.

British Expat full-features site for expatriate Brits.

Canuck Abroad For Canadian expatriates. Provides information and resources (and a forum!) that are useful also for other expatriates!

Culture shock Tool Box On this site you find all kinds of informations about what to expect during your international life. From culture shock – while living in new places – to reverse culture shock – when returing to a place you already lived in or your passport/home-country.

Denizen Denizen magazine is an online magazine dedicated to today’s Third Culture Kids. It represents the modern global nomad community, complete with attitude, expression and creativity.

Expat Focus For anyone moving or living abroad!

Expat Women A free website helping expatriate women from all nationalities and any country in the world share experiences and advice, and find resources for living in a foreign country.

Expatica This is a Netherlands-based website that provides useful resources for those living and working in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and Belgium. It publishes also an online newsletter and hosts conferences on expat-related topics.

FIGT (Families in Global Transition) For Families in Global Transition. It hosts a yearly intenational conference on topics related to global family living.

FSYF (Foreign Service Youth Foundation) Foreign Service Youth Foundation: around the world in a Lifetime. Organization for Unated States foreign service teens.

Global Education Explorer Global Education Explorer is an online tool that enables companies and families to learn about curricula in other countries, educational assessments and customs surrounding schooling.

Global Living Magazine

On this site under “Expat Book Reviews” you can find reviews of books with the “expat” topic (mostly fiction) and under “Expatriate Living” you can find many advices about the Expat life.

Hobsons Hobsons enables the preparation, recruitment, management and advancement of students.

Interaction International Interaction International is an organization founded by David C. Pollock “The voice for third culture kids and internationally mobile families”.

The Interchange Institute The Interchange Institute offers training for educators, human resources personnel and others in matters related to cross-cultural living.

The Last Boarding Call

http:// The Last Boarding call is “ a blog on one of the most hidden journeys of expats or global nomads and the globally mobile family  – the journey that involves the major life changes of aging and retirement, sudden disability, family care-giving, and death.”

School Choice International School Choice International helps families with a child with special needs, for whom an overseas move is particularly difficult, both emotionally and educationally.

Sea Change Mentoring Sea Change Mentoring offers online mentoring and support for expat teens, third culture kids and global nomads around the world.

Tayo Rockson Tayo Rockson is a TCK himself who lived on 4 different continents and “shares stories that can help people and motivate them to do better with their (international) lives”. He publishes a series of podcasts As Told by Nomads, and is author of the free e-book “The Ultimate Guide To TCK Living. Understanding the World around you“.

Third Culture Kid A non-profit organization that serves as an active global community of Third Culture Kid (TCK) adult & youth across geographical boundaries.

Third Kulture Kid Academy

Third Kulture Kid Research The first and most extensive data collection of TCKs. A Wikipedia of TCK research.

Third Culture Kid World

Telegraph (Expats) An online section of the Weelky Telegraph (UK) newspaper dedicated to expatriate living, with resources, news, articles, and informations.

The worlds within “Eva Laszlo-Herbert, Jo Parfitt and Cerine Jin are  compiling an anthology of TCK art and writing, as a first volume of a bigger project, which aims to make the lives and stories of worldwide TCKs and TCAs visible and graspable.”

Transitions Abroad Transitions Abroad is an informational website where you can find website addresses for expats of all countries (by entering:

Related sites:

Libby Stephens and her blog

Geert Hofstede

Expat Life: Not Always A Smooth Ride!
Expat Life: Not Always A Smooth Ride! – An infographic by the team at Overs

16 replies »

  1. Terrific list, Ute, glad it was suggested to me. If you’re so inclined, I’d love if you checked out my book The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures (Summertime Publishing, 2013). The second in the series – about global students – is now underway. Thanks, Linda

    • Linda, thank you very much! I included it in the list. Could you please send me the title for your other book about global students? When will it be published? I’m planning a conference in Autumn about this and would really love to read it first – of course, if it’ll be published by then. I’m looking forward to reading them both! Thanks again for stopping by!

  2. Ute, thank you for this copious list! (And thank you for including my book, Global Mom.)

    One small point you might want to note and your readers might want to know: the name of the brilliant TED talk speaker (and he’s a fabulous expat author himself, check out is titles through Google) is Pico Iyer.

    Thank you for your excellent work. I am constantly sending people to your blog.

  3. This is an excellent compilation — thank you for including my own two books here (Unrooted Childhoods & Writing Out of Limbo)!

  4. I might add my book that looks at the lives of a missionary community and the impact of place and religion on their lives:


    It looks at the American Lutheran missionary community in which I grew up in Tanzania and compares the lives of the missionary community who mostly grew up in the US and then tried to make sense of Tanzania as adults, and the children who did the opposite. It also compares how the two different generations developed religiously.

    • Thank you John! Of course. I will add your book straight away. Thank you very much for pointing out that it was missing in the list. If you have more titles to add, please don’t hesitate to let me know! ~ Ute

  5. Hi. Hope it’s OK to contact you here. I wanted to suggest my new book which is aimed at kids aged 2-7. It uses the Story-powered language learning method and is available in many different language combinations: Dutch, French, Tagalog and more! One of our reviewers said ‘The kids were so busy laughing, they didn’t realise they were learning.” which is exactly what I was hoping for. Here is the Dutch one, for example thanks so much! Mark

    • Thank you for signalizing your book. I understand it is mainly to learn vocabulary, right? I’ll soon start a list for language learning or acquiring resources on my “other” site and add it there. Thank you, Mark!

  6. HI, I hope it’s ok to reply with this here. I’ve just written a new book called The Fabulous Lost and Found that helps kids aged 2-7 learn to love language learning with the Story Powered Language learning method. Hopefully it will be a really useful resources. It’s available in many different languages including French, Dutch, Welsh, Tagalog and many more! Here is the link to the Dutch one. One of our reviewers said “The kids were so busy laughing, they didn’t realise they were learning” which is just what we were aiming for. THanks so much.

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