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Books for Children and Young Teens

I'd like some recommendations for good books about liberty and our founders that are geared towards children. Since schools rarely teach liberty or even basic civics, I'd like some supplemental reading for my kids.


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Have you heard of Richard J. Maybury? He has published eleven books on economics, law, and history and it is written in the viewpoint of our Founding Fathers.

Here is the link to his official website:

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible - A Free Market Odyssey
by Ken Schoolland hands down thee best book for anyone over the age of 10. Kids young and old will love this adventure story loaded with easy to understand lessons in free market economics. I repeat, this book is NOT for kids only.

Everything else is 2nd to Jonathan Gullible.

"Capitalism for Kids" by Karl Hess is a fairly good read. So is "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?" by Richard J. Maybury. Both are good economic books for teens and young adults

Peter Schiff's

"How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes" is good for teaching economics, even to young people. It's got cartoons & all.

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself." - Thomas Jefferson

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For history and PolySci, consider

for sharp young teens and up: Rose Wilder Lane's The Discovery of Freedom; she is a great writer and keeps a good pace, covering the sweep of human history with a focus on the rare societies that discovered the concept of individual self responsibility and freedom, how they contrast with the overwhelming majority that remained mired in the quasi-religious belief in a controlling Authority. One note to parents. This book was written many decades ago by a citizen-journalist; it has held up very well but is not an academic tome with footnotes to prove every historical point, so some fairly minor independent verification or fact-checking or revision may be useful.

And Mary Ruwart's Healing our World In An Age of Authoritarianism; again this book moves well, covering the gamut of social/political problems and showing practical, creative ideas for how a free/peaceful society can work without coercion.

Here is where I go to find books for our eight year odl. Been

using this site for four years. Find the books you want and cross reference them with your library for availability.

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