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A Place to Belong: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in the Home and Beyond by [Amber O'Neal Johnston, Julie Bogart]

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“With authenticity, heart, and vulnerability, Amber lays out a clear plan to create a home culture that honors your family's heritage and celebrates others. Whether you're Black, a person of color, or white, there is something more we can all do to investigate our own history and appreciate what everyone brings to the table."
Delina Pryce McPhaull, founder of Woke Homeschooling

"A Place to Belong awakens us to some of the most important issues of our day with dynamic pluck, bold transparency, and homegrown humility. I was moved to tears, laughter, discomfort, and relief, often within the same pages. This book is both a revelation and a guide."
Ainsley Arment, author of The Call of the Wild and Free

"Amber O’Neal Johnston has written a deeply thoughtful book that will provoke all who read it to broaden their view of people in their personal context and in the beauty of their own unique lives and cultures. A great read indeed!"
—Sally Clarkson, coauthor of The Lifegiving Home

“Amber O’Neal Johnston has penned an engaging and comprehensive guide for families of all backgrounds who are curious or committed to engaging in a diverse and inclusive lifestyle. Johnston’s book is a refreshing reminder that humanity is shared, imperfect, and beautiful. Highly recommended.”
—Charnaie Gordon, creator of Here Wee Read

“As an adoptive mom raising children whose race and culture are different from my own, I deeply believe in Amber’s message and in every family's need for this important book. Her writing style is kind and informed, gently pointing readers to resources and practices to introduce their kids to a wider, more vibrant world. I wish I could have had this book a decade ago to guide our path, but I’m grateful to have it now as I continue to make sure that every member of our family knows they have a place to belong.”
—Jamie C. Martin, author ofGive Your Child the World

"In A Place to Belong, Amber O’Neal Johnston offers a pathway toward inclusivity that is marked, not with trite words and meaningless gestures, but with practical steps and helpful encouragement. She puts forth a beautiful vision for celebrating the uniqueness of your family while cultivating respect and appreciation for the differences of others."
—Jasmine L. Holmes, author of Carved in Ebony

“A Place to Belong captivated me from the very start. Amber offers a wealth of tools to help every family grow in their appreciation and connection to people who are different than them, racially, socially, or culturally. And she does it all in a way that is laced with hope and joy! A Place to Belong is going to change hearts and lives for years to come.”
—Greta Eskridge, author of Adventuring Together

"Amber O'Neal Johnston gets it!
A Place to Belong acts as a compass in navigating tough history and cultural identity conversations within a family. It reminds us to embrace our culture and to honor our history."
—Sheva Quinn, EdD, coauthor of African American Families: Why We Homeschool

About the Author

Amber O’Neal Johnston is a homeschooling mother of four who speaks and writes on about including diverse voices in traditional curricula and infusing culture into the home environment. She is a regular contributor to the Wild + Free homeschooling community. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CY958M4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ TarcherPerigee (May 17, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 17, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4741 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 299 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 059342185X
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Amber O'Neal Johnston lives in Georgia nestled among pine trees, hammocks and ziplines with her husband and their four children. Her happy place is the back porch on a rainy day, preferably with a giant mug of hot tea and a good book. And although she was raised in the air conditioning, somehow the woods is where she feels most at home these days. When they have the chance, her family enjoys extended worldschooling trips to immerse themselves in other cultures, so you can often find her researching their next home away from home. Amber writes and speaks about the beauty of an inclusive, culturally and socially conscious home environment, and she enjoys sharing diverse literary mirrors and windows at and on IG @heritagemomblog.

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Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a mom this book is for you!
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2022
Amber does a masterful job of making each mother feel that she can implement positive change in her household. If you've ever felt invisible in this country because of your skin, color, language or whatever, she gives us actionable steps to create community for ourselves and our children. She shows us that it is absolutely worth it to invest in our children, and ensuring they know their worth. Thank you Amber for sharing your wisdom with the world.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and practical guide for ALL parents
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2022
Insightful and practical. This book feels like the distillation of years of deep thinking about issues of inclusivity and belonging. The author's tone is both direct and generous. The personal stories about her own family are so helpful in illustrating her ideas and also make the book extremely readable. I feel like she is speaking to me parent-to-parent. I would recommend A Place to Belong to any parent, including both my conservative and liberal friends.

Some specific things I love about this book:
+ guidance on "tough table topics" -- how to encourage open dialogue in the family even about "taboo" topics
+ ideas for choosing diverse books for my family (with specific tips for different ages)
+ ideas for celebrating my own family history/culture as well as others' stories/cultures
+ guidance for addressing hard history in an age appropriate way
+ awesome quotes and research from diverse thinkers/ experts
+ book discussion guide at the back (perfect for book groups!)

This feels like the perfect parenting book for our time. It offers a hopeful and realistic antidote to the divisiveness and dividedness of our country.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars “An invitation and a path forward for all parents.” Count me in.
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2022
I am writing this review quickly - because I want to honor the work of the author by sharing what I LOVE about this book, but selfishly, I WANT to get back to diving in more deeply!

Amber offers an invitation and a path forward toward giving our children both mirrors and windows. This offering is deeply rooted in hospitality and generosity of spirit. She begins with the premise that we do, indeed, “all love our children, value our communities, and want the best for both” (xvii).

I’m especially loving her practical tips for embracing hard topics of conversation and wisely creating space for children to come to us while also discerning when we might and should initiate conversations on tough topics with our children.

As a mother formed by the classical tradition and seeking to form my own children with roots in this tradition, I very much appreciate her thoughtful conversation around the topic of “The Canon.” This is especially helpful and affirming as our own home library has grown in recent years due to Amber’s writing and thought provoking questions about selecting life giving books. Classical texts that wrestle with timeless questions of what it means to be human now share space on our shelves with contemporary books that give my children a window into the history and lives of a more diverse representation of humanity, where their mind’s eye doesn’t automatically center a white character within any given story.

And now, I have so much more to read and re-read; I’m grateful to have this book as I consider our educational path for next school year.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars From “Colorblind to Colorful Living”
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2022
A Place to Belong is a reminder that the work for a secure place to live for our children starts in the heart of our home. This book isn’t simply a guide, it’s a challenge to rise to the occasion, to change the way we view the world from inside our homes. Amber offers a feast of relatable and practical ways to make our homes culturally rich and fulfilling though art, music, travel, and literature resources and shared experiences. The Group Discussion Study Guide is the next step this book provides to encourage table talk around the important topic of this text.

This book is a reminder that as parents we all share a unique commonplace wanting the same things for our children. Through Amber’s words we are given the knowledge to produce small humans who find joy in the uniqueness of the people around them, and we are able to connect parts of ourselves to celebrate too. Enjoy this learning journey of self reflection from “colorblind to colorful living”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had this book at the start of my parenting journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2022
K. Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book for homeschoolers
Reviewed in Canada on May 21, 2022
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