TCK Resources

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Resources for Third Culture Kids and those who are raising them. This page will be updated regularly to reflect new resources.


Third culture kid is a term used to refer to children who were raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their developmental years. The term was coined by Dr. Ruth Useem in the 1950’s but came into widespread use in more recent years. A TCK is an individual who, having spent a significant part of the developmental years in a culture other than that of their parents, develops a sense of relationship to both. These children of business executives, soldiers and sailors, diplomats, and missionaries who live abroad, become “culture-blended” persons who often contribute in unique and creative ways to society as a whole.” – from TCKWorld

New Resource – Between Worlds Essays on Culture and Belonging to be released July of 2014. Available on Amazon

Between Worlds

Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging is my book. These essays explore the rootlessness and grief as well as the unexpected moments of humor and joy that are a part of living between two worlds. Between Worlds charts a journey between the cultures of East and West, the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones and familiar places, and the loneliness of not belonging. “Every one of us has been at some point between two worlds, be they faith and loss of faith, joy and sorrow, birth and death. Between Worlds is a luminous guide for connecting—and healing—worlds.” – Cathy Romeo, co-author, Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses


  • Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds by David C Pollock and Ruth Van Reken (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2009) – This book is a must-have on your book shelf if you are raising TCK’s. 
  • The Art of Crossing Cultures by Craig Storti (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2007).
  • Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing up Global edited by Faith Eidse and Nina Sichel (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2003). – A series of essays from both well known and not so well known third culture kids including Pico Iyer and Isabel Allende.  I love this book for it’s complexity, variety, and truth.
  • Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids by Gene H. Bell-Villada, Nina Sichel, Faith Eidse, and Elaine Neil Orr (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011) – this is more like a text book but a great resource to have in an organizations library to offer to parents and kids.
  • The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition by Tina L. Quick (Summertime, 2010).
  • The Art of Coming Home by Craig Storti (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2001
  • Novels for middle schoolers and teens: The Annika Scott Series. Annika Scott is 12 years old and lives with her family in Kenya. It’s not easy to be 12 and it’s not easy to navigate a life between worlds. The reader joins Annika on her adventures and journey in Kenya as she learns more about herself, God, and the world she lives in.
  • Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Bliss. In this set of essays Eula Bliss addresses race, identity, and belonging through looking at her own family and through history. This book is full of insight and wisdom on what it means to belong, to be home, to have privilege, and to live in a diverse country.
  • Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family by Melissa Dalton-Bradford (Familius, 2013)  Melissa Bradford shares a journey of global motherhood that includes adventure and profound loss. This book addresses parenting, moving, and grief intertwined in a global journey. 

  • Cat Tales by Pauline Brown – When the Brown family adopted a kitten to keep out uninvited guests like mice and rats, they had no idea how many adventures that Old Black Cat would get herself and her family into. From camping in the foothills of the Himalayas, to holding up a train in the busy city of Lahore, OBC and her family find themselves in many hilarious and tricky situations. These delightful, true tales follow their travels through Pakistan as they learn to trust God more with every adventure.
  • Books that talk about names and cultural identities. While not specific to TCKs it is a great look at how our names are connected to our identity and countries of origin.

Click on categories below to find further resources.






What resources would you add? Please share ideas in the comment section! 

15 thoughts on “TCK Resources

  1. Marilyn, how about adding “Cat Tales: the Adventures of an Old Black Cat and her family” – true stories from Pakistan. For kids of any age, but specifically for ages 8 to 12, and a good read-aloud for younger children. by Pauline A. Brown, available at Amazon


    1. If you are ever interested in doing a guest post on the resources you provide it would be lovely! Or perhaps you might think of doing one for A Life Overseas? I’m the guest editor there and would love to have you do that.


      1. I’d be honoured, Marilyn! Thank you! And I’m looking forward to that interview we’ll be doing with you about your new book. It’s been busy here, so I’ve gotta find our last e-mail about that and pick up where we left off. :)


  2. Hi Marilyn, here are a few essential resources you really ought to have! I’ll add more when I remember where to find more; here’s one for now.

    Welcome to my Life – a 23min Korean TCK film – my favourite TCK film!


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