America’s best chance to retain its freedoms and individualist spirit is if the message of their importance is passed on to the next generation via the culture. These days our education system, media and political conversation are dedicated to themes that are largely concerned with what will best benefit the collective. Little time is spent on touting the value of a system that allows each individual to utilize their unique strengths, and showing how that system actually has proven to be the most beneficial way to contribute to the whole society.
Decades ago, when I was a child, there was a much bigger emphasis on personal responsibility. We learned that in America there was great possibility, but you, as an individual, had to put in the effort. We also were taught that equal opportunity was not a guarantee of success; we were taught to try and try again.
Movies, songs, books and society did celebrate those who achieved as individuals and helped others along the way. Maybe we can turn things around if we just start encouraging members of the next generation to “reach for the stars” instead of urging them to look for someone to blame for their misfortunes.
Sure, the phrase “reach for the stars” is old-fashioned, but don’t let the idea behind it become a relic of the past – a freer past, where individuals could “blaze their own path”.
Here are a few books that would send a rippling message of freedom and individualism across the culture waters to the next generations. One of them is mine. They would make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift!
Founders’ Fables. By Laurie Cockerell.(Kinderfable Press). Ten simple fables that address the concept of limited government through funny and memorable characters. Each story, written in rhyme, begins with a quote from one of our founders.
Coming to America: A Young Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World. By Diana Erbio. This book demonstrates the power of a never-give-up attitude. It follows a young teen’s journey as she struggles to not only live in America, but to be American.
Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood. By Valerie Pfundstein. (Pfun-omenal Stories) A wonderful book for parents and grandparents to share with youngsters to tell them that freedom is not free, and many heroes that have protected their freedoms may be their neighbors.
We Elect a President: The Story of Our Electoral College. By Tara Ross.(Colonial Press). The Electoral College is misunderstood by many. This book, although written for children, clearly explains the Electoral College and other important aspects of the structure of our government to all. Emma’s Corner (the author’s fourth-grade daughter’s contribution) and The Founders’ Corner are wonderful additions!
Striker Jones: Elementary Economics for Elementary Detectives. By Maggie M. Larche. This book explores basic economic principles via short mysteries in settings kids are familiar with.
The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law By Connor Boyack. Libertas Press. This book is part of a series that follows the Tuttle Twins as they learn about liberty and economic principles in a fun and engaging manner.
The Chronicles of Kibblestan: Revolution (Volume 1) By Andrea Rand. An exciting adventure that takes place in a strange land full of bizarre canines, over-sized rats and small creatures called Petikins. It is also a land that is under attack, by grisly Snotlins who destroy everything in their path. Eleven-year-old Ellis, a stranger, in a strange land, finds himself in a fight for freedom against tyrannical rule. Liberty is never guaranteed and must be safeguarded. The fight for freedom in Kibblestan continues in the newly released, The Chronicles of Kibblestan: Canines (Volume 2) .
Visit www.conservativechildrensbooks.com for a variety of books in a reading range from pre-school to high school. The books cover the US Constitution, economics, and other subjects that instill values and rekindle the patriotic spirit.
High School, College and Beyond
Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism. By Lawrence W. Reed (Regnery Publishing). This book contains more than 50 essays that debunk progressive clichés. It would be a great for those in high school or college.
Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs. By Michelle Malkin (Threshold Editions/Mercury Ink). This book highlights innovators who thought outside the box and worked hard to make their ideas reality. It demonstrates how capitalism has raised our standard of living with creations of everyday items we take for granted.
Pursuing Liberty: America Through the Eyes of the Newly Free By Cory Emberson and Rick Lindstrom (Founders Editions). This book records the accounts of people who lived without liberty. It will make us aware of what will be taken from us if we do not protect it now.
Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”.