By Rob Roper
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece titled, “Reading From Left to Left at Barnes & Noble: A notably one-sided selection of ‘Inspiring Books to Empower Young Readers.” The author describes a Barnes & Noble display pushing books targeted toward kids which included titles such as, “You are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World,” — a how-to manual on being an activist with a young vegan as the protagonist.
There were three memoirs by illegal aliens, two novels whose protagonists were refugees, Sonia Sotomayor’s “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” and “We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices,” an anthology that includes a fictional story of a child who is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at school as he endures taunts from white classmates wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
Notably absent were any books with conservative or free-market themes. This is a problem and a challenge for parents. The left certainly knows the science behind marketing, and knows that constant exposure to things makes them familiar, and when something becomes familiar it becomes popular. (“Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth,” is true.) And, the left use their dominance of education and entertainment to bombard kids with a constant stream of liberal ideology in movies, television, books, etc.
There are some options for parents. If you are looking for Christmas presents for kids, grandkids or kids of friends, consider giving The Tuttle Twins series by Connor Boyack. Boyack is the president of the Libertas Institute, a free-market think tank based in Utah, and a father of two young children. The Tuttle Twins, written for kids 5-11 years old, cover topics such as the dangers of socialism, to how the legal system works, entrepreneurialism, individual rights, and the importance of free markets.
If you’re looking for books that teach children about American history, check out Jean Fritz’ collection, which caters to audiences of very young kids to young adults. Fritz shares biographies of key figures in American history, inspiring stories from our nation’s founding, including the crafting of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Our kids are under assault, and families are the first, and increasingly last, line of defense. I hope the parents and grandparents will use these tools and others like them to provide our kids with some balance in the things they are learning outside the home. Use this opportunity to put some freedom under the tree and in the stockings this Christmas.