Children are faced with politics and talk of politics earlier and earlier these days. They are often asked about these things or expected to engage with them without having a real foundation in civics, the Constitution, liberty, and other things. As a librarian with a focus on children, I can assure you it is never too early to start introducing concepts of conservatism to your children. You can talk to them about the political process, about the founding of our nation, about the Constitution and individual rights and great conservative leaders. You can establish a fondness in them while they are young for these things. Then, they will grow up both loving to read and loving to learn about our country, our patriotic traditions, and ways in which they can be politically engaged. 

House Mouse, Senate Mouse

The political process is explained expertly in this beloved classic children’s book about a Mouse society that looks just like ours, but with lots of cheese puns. This is great for toddlers or early elementary school students who wants to learn about Congress. There are also more books in this series about the presidency and the judiciary. 

America: A Patriotic Primer

This picture book is ideal for younger children who want to practice the alphabet and learn more about our country. The illustrations are beautiful for parent and child alike. You’ll have lots of great lines to repeat, like “A is for America, the land that we love” and it will tie in patriotic and civic principles. 

I’m Your Flag So Please Treat Me Right

You’re never too young to teach your kids about flag decorum and respect. This is a great tie-in to family activities and perfect to read about holidays like the Fourth of July. It’s respect plus a mini history lesson. 

What Is The Constitution? 

If you’ve got an elementary schooler or middle schooler, or just want something to read to yourself that will cover a lot of history in a digestible way, this piece of the “What Is/What Was” series is perfect. It’s great for reading aloud as well, and has great illustrations that will help bring the journey to the Constitution and its principles to life. 

The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief

If your kid is old enough to listen to a story, they are old enough to hear this adorable, heartwarming picture book about Ronald Reagan that looks at his dual life out west and in the west wing. It’s a digestible picture book biography and a great tie-in to other conservative heroes. 

Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President

Learn about what the vice president does and explore some great D.C. landmarks with this second pet picture book written by Pence’s daughter and illustrated by his wife. There are two more in the series: Day in the Nation’s Capitol and Best Christmas Ever.

Paloma Wants to Be Lady Freedom

This inspiring children’s book, based on a true story, will teach children that they can be whatever they want and instill conservative principles in them. To top it off, it takes you on an adventure through the nation’s capital. 

From Sea to Shining Sea (Ellis the Elephant)

Teach your kids (or the kids in your life) about Lewis and Clark and expeditions west in this installment of the Ellis the Elephant series. It’s a critical junction in American history, and told in a way that will encourage kids to feel patriotic and keep learning. Also in the series: Yankee Doodle Dandy, Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride, Sweet Land of Liberty, Remember the Ladies, Hail to the Chief, and Christmas in America. 

Who Was Abraham Lincoln?

There are lots of great children’s books about Abe Lincoln, but this mini-biography is great for classroom read-alouds and discussions at home. It’s got great illustrations from throughout the life of our 16th president and every reader will learn something new. Plus, first time readers will be introduced to the man often billed as one of the best presidents ever. 

I Know My Rights: A Children’s Guide to the Bill of Rights and Individual Liberty

You’re never too young to be a little libertarian. Teach them about their rights and the importance of individual liberty in their lives–big and small. This is a great tool for teaching civics on a personal level and raising young ones who won’t let their rights be infringed. 

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member