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TCK Training Staff Picks

Resources about TCK life and experiences.

You can't get enough of TCK experience-related resources? Then check out this page where we have curated our TCK Training staff's favorite books, podcasts, movies, and more.
Whether you are a TCK yourself, a parent or guardian of a TCK, or simply curious about the TCK lifestyle, this library is for you. The engaging books, entertaining movies, and insightful podcasts explore the unique experiences, challenges, and triumphs of TCKs. We hope that the stories foster understanding, connection, and empowerment within the TCK community and beyond. 

While we enjoy these resources, that does not mean that every aspect of them is aligned with TCK Training's views, values, or ideology. Enjoy at your own discretion.

To Listen. 

I Was Born in a Country That Doesn’t Feel Like Home | No Backup Plan

A podcast where two friends talk about their search for a place to belong,  how growing up TCKs affected the way they perceive belonging, their search for that place, how they ended up in Paris, France.  And a closing reflection about belonging being in relationships and the community you build rather than a physical place. 

The place we find ourselves

The Place We Find Ourselves podcast features private practice therapist Adam Young (LCSW, MDiv) and interview guests as they discuss all things related to story, trauma, and therapy. Listen in as Adam unpacks how trauma and abuse impact the heart and mind, as well as how to navigate the path toward healing, wholeness, and restoration.

Noah Kanan | Stick Season

"Stick Season" is a music album featuring heartfelt lyrics and melodies. With introspective themes and soulful vocals, Noah Kanan offers a diverse music experience, from ballads to energizing anthems.

Joy Williams | Front Porch

Joy Williams weaves a tapestry of emotions through a collection of beautifully crafted songs. "Front Porch" explores themes of love, longing, and personal growth, taking listeners on a journey of self-discovery and reflection.

To Read. 

Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy.

Motherland, by Sally Thomas 

In Sally Thomas’s Motherland, the poet keenly observes the ephemeral and the everlasting in the lens of time—the daily and seasonal transformations, the gifts and wonders of nature and people. Motherland by turns hails and interrogates in matters of flesh, of faith and spirituality—especially so in the “Richeldis of Walsingham” poem sequence. This finalist in the Able Muse Book Award is a collection abounding in insight, hope, grace, surprises, and yes, love.

Bloomability, by Sharon Creech

Dinnie is used to change-with her family constantly moving from state to state while her father searches for one new "opportunity" after another. But when her aunt and uncle whisk her away to an international school in Lugano, Switzerland, Dinnie feels that this might be one "opportunity"that isn't right for her.
Suddenly Dinnie's surrounded by kids from many different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. Home, and her first life, seem so far away. Can she adapt to a new country, a new home, and new friends? Or will it just be easier to close herself off-just survive-and never realize all the "bloomabilities" that are possible?

Percy Jackson and the Olimpians, by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief is a light-hearted fantasy about a modern 12-year-old boy who learns that his true father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Percy sets out to become a hero by undertaking a quest across the United States to find the entrance to the Underworld and stop a war between the gods.

The Princess Academy 

Miri lives on a mountain where her ancestors have lived simply for generations. One day, the king's priests announce that her village will be home to the future princess. Every teenage girl in the village must attend an academy on the mountain to learn to become a princess. Miri faces a harsh academy mistress, competition among the girls, and conflicting desires. Winning the contest would mean leaving behind her home and family, but it could also give her everything she ever wanted.

Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends--and much trouble--her way.

Atlas Girl, by Emily T. Wierenga 

Disillusioned and wanting freedom, Emily Wierenga left home at eighteen, never to return. She battled anorexia as a child and was broken down by organized religion and her parents' rigidity. She searched for God across Canada, Central America, the US, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Little did she know that her faith was waiting for her all along, in the place she least expected.

Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Through its intricate plot and well-developed characters, the story offers readers a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the world and the human experie

Dolphin Diaries, by Ben M. Maglio

Dolphin Diaries is an exciting series of books that explores all aspects of dolphins' relationships with mankind. Jody McGrath and her family are sailing around the world researching dolphins, and Jody records all their exciting adventures in her Dolphin Diaries. In the series' first book, the yacht begins its journey in the waters off Florida. A sudden storm puts Jody's life in danger, but a dolphin rescues her from the water and brings her back to safety.

The Country Within, by Neil Swan

The Country Within is a bibliographic TCK memoir about the first part of Swan's life between Scotland, England, Burma, as it then was, India, and Pakistan. It is a portrait of a time gone by and tells about the quirks and surprises of a globally mobile lifestyle with humor and acute observations.

From Caucasia With Love, by Danzy Senna

Birdie and her sister just want to be normal but it's difficult growing up with a black academic father and a white activist mother. Soon her parents' relationship becomes strained and they split, Cole going to Brazil with her father, while she goes on the road with her mother as they flee the FBI.

Girl at War, by Sara Nović 

Moving back and forth through time, Girl at War is an honest, generous, brilliantly written novel that illuminates how history shapes the individual. Sara Novic fearlessly shows the impact of war on one young girl - and its legacy on all of us.

To Watch. 

Lord of The Rings

A young hobbit, Frodo, who has found the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron, begins his journey with eight companions to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.A young hobbit, Frodo, who has found the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron, begins his journey with eight companions to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.


The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift -- every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.


While playing, Lucy and her siblings find a wardrobe that lands them in a mystical place called Narnia. Here they realise that it was fated and they must now unite with Aslan to defeat an evil queen.
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