In July, I challenged myself to read 100 picture books, and I did it.

I laughed.

Then, I cried.

I found some old favorites and some new ones.

I’ve also found some great conservative principles in them.

It’s kind of refreshing, in a world where so many people are concerned about indoctrination of kids, to see a wide range of children’s books about every topic. I, for one, don’t think children’s books need to be overtly political. I also don’t think including stories about diverse characters, sexuality, or religion is trying to indoctrinate children. Picture books can be great teaching tools. They help introduce readers of all ages to new ideas, characters, themes, and beautiful illustrations. These five books are great picture books for conservative adults to read. In then, you will see some of our favorite themes reflected, but please, don’t live in a bubble. Picture books are a great low commitment way to learn about a new culture, a new historical figure, a new way of life, or just to spend a good bit of time. 

Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

This heartwarming story is based on the life of Jessica, who was injured in the Boston Marathon Bombing, and teaches children (and adults!) the importance of service dogs for people with disabilities and is sweet, relatable, and eye-opening. I cried during this book. I’m hoping that its success inspires someone to write a picture book about Sully HW Bush, the service dog that worked for President Bush 41 and now helps veterans. 

Remembering Vera by Patricia PolaccoConservatives love a good story of military homecoming, of valuing lifelong friendships, and this true story has it all. This is the story of Vera, a stray dog adopted into the Coast Guard, who went on to be a hero and get a hero’s remembrance. Bring the tissues because this story will inspire you and also make you cry like a baby. It’s a great way to introduce military dogs and stories of survival to younger audiences. 

Me and the Sky: Captain Beverly Bass, Pioneering Pilot by Beverley BassConservatives love a hardworking woman who rises to the top on her own merits, and Capt. Beverley Bass is one of those women I can’t stop reading about. She was the first female pilot promoted to captain in American Airlines history. Her story is also memorialized in the musical Come From Away, which details her experience landing in Canada after the US air space was closed on 9/11. This is a biographic tale every reader, young and old, will enjoy. 

Our Great Big Backyard by Jenna Bush Hager and Laura BushWho said conservatism and conservation don’t go hand-in-hand? Not me, and not the first family. This fun picture book takes you on a journey through the great national parks of the US. It reminds us all what a beautiful, blessed country we call home. 

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee CurtisSo the only thing I knew about Curtis before this book was that she was in Freaky Friday and yogurt commercials, but wow, this book. It’s an amazing pro-life message about adoption, found and made families, and the sweet innocence and acceptance of children. Seriously, pick up this book immediately. 

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member