Conservatives love to complain about liberals trying to corrupt children through the media, but why aren’t conservatives fighting back by writing their own books, making their own films?
Well…these conservatives are. Picture books are such a powerful medium–trust me, I’m a librarian–and every week I find out about a new liberal celebrity or politician who has written one. They’re not bad, I’m not going to lie, but it makes me constantly wonder why conservatives aren’t doing more of this?
Well, there are some conservatives that are publishing children’s books — especially about history or conservative ideals like small government, self reliance, et cetera. And while I’m going to highlight some of them for you now, I’m telling you–it’s not enough.
It’s not enough to just complain about the lack of “conservative” picture books–we need to be writing them too.
Here are seven picture books written by conservative politicians, thought-leaders, and public figures.
Camilla’s class trip to the history museum proved to be both instructive and enlightening when Camilla is transported back to August 18, 1920. That’s when women achieved the right to vote with the “Yes” vote from Harry T. Burn, a young legislature from East Tennessee whose mother encouraged him to do the right thing by breaking the 48-48 tie in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Until that day, women did not have the same rights as men. Join Camilla as she learns the exciting (and controversial!) history of women gaining the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Janice Dean: Freddy the Frogcaster
Freddy the Frogcaster loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when the town picnic is almost ruined by a storm that catches the local frogcaster by surprise? Freddy has to step in to save the day! Well-known Fox News broadcast meteorologist Janice Dean pens this exciting and hilarious tale about an aspiring weathercaster who can’t keep his eyes off the sky.
Callista Gingrich: Sweet Land of Liberty
Through an amazing afternoon at the library, Ellis travels through time and discovers the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation’s unique history, including the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, the Boston Tea Party, George Washington crossing the Delaware, pioneers settling the great frontier, the first man on the moon, and many more of the astounding events and people whose dreams, courage, and hard work have made America great. With its vivid illustrations and charming rhymes, Sweet Land of Liberty is a must read for children and parents alike who want to explore our nation’s great history—and discover why America is a free and exceptional nation.
Second Lady Karen Pence (with her daughter Charlotte): Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President
From the moment he hopped into the home of America’s “Second Family,” black-and-white bunny rabbit Marlon Bundo captured the hearts of Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and his children Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. But little Marlon Bundo isn’t just a family pet: like Peter Rabbit and Bugs Bunny before him, Marlon—or BOTUS (Bunny of the United States)—is a national celebrity! Marlon Bundo has become a beloved member of the Trump-Pence administration. So how does a bunny experience a day in the life of the Vice President? Now young readers can follow Marlon Bundo along as he hops after “Grampa” (Vice President Mike Pence) in this delightful story penned by Charlotte Pence and illustrated faithfully with watercolors from the “Second Lady” herself, Karen Pence
Former Second Lady Lynne Cheney: America: A Patriotic Primer
America: A Patriotic Primer is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish. To choose the twenty-six people and ideas that comprise the book, Lynne Cheney has drawn on a lifetime of learning about the American past, and on the inspiration that comes from witnessing recent history firsthand. Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser imbues Mrs. Cheney’s words with childlike joy through her exuberant drawings. Together they have created a patriotic primer, a book that teaches history by celebrating the diversity, tenacity, and faith of the American people.
Dennis Prager: The Ten Commandments: Still the Path to Follow
In this illustrated guide, noted moral teacher and popular talk show host Dennis Prager explains the Ten Commandments in a way that young readers can understand. Fluent in Hebrew, he provides unique insights into the most important words ever written, showing your whole family, no matter what your faith, why the Ten Commandments are as powerful and fresh today as they were to our ancestors. It will be an amazing discovery!
Candance Cameron Bure: Candace Center Stage
Written by Candace Cameron Bure, New York Times bestselling author and star of the hit TV series Full House and Fuller House, this charming, laugh-out-loud picture book tells the story of a little girl who quickly realizes one thing after her mother signs her up for ballet lessons … she’s no ballerina. As Candace moves and grooves across the floor, she topples all the ballerinas in her path. Her teacher, Miss Grace, tries to teach her proper ballet positions, but Candace is more interested in shakes and shimmies than plies and pas de bourrées. When disaster strikes during the big recital, can ungraceful Candace step up and save the day?
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