Yesterday, I sent out this request for help, given my ignorance of the question posed to me.
Today, I’ve had quite a response. I thank all who have helped me out on this. But, please, “no mas!” I think we have now amassed enough suggestions, some of it a bit repetitive, but thanks again. I’m sure Alvin and his kids will greatly benefit.
From: Charles Hanes
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 2:52 PM
Subject: What about the Connor Boyack series The Tuttle Twins?
Connor Boyack has been a frequent guest on the Tom Woods show, here is an Amazon link:
These books are designed for youngsters with definite libertarian messages, in many cases keying off well-known libertarian books.
P. S. It was nice to see you in San Francisco at the debate with Robert Wenzel. -C
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 2:11 PM
Subject: Query help
From: Scott Tibbetts
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 1:21 PM
Subject: Books for young libertatians
Richard J. Maybury has many books for that age about liberty, but this is the one that opened my eyes to what money is.
This was part of a homeschool curriculum for young teens, but I was the one who was hooked!
After reading this, I saw the world completely different. I think his other books would be worth reading as well.
From: Dominick Armentano
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 12:31 PM
Subject: Books for Teens
I think that young teens are probably not (yet) ready for any serious discussion of libertarianism, even at a basic level. My recommendation would be to recommend a work of fiction where the principles of individualism and integrity are made explicit through plot and the action of heroes. And without question, Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” is the one and only choice. It’s what started me and many others on the road to liberty.
Best to you Walter,
From: Jason B
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 12:31 PM
Subject: Libertarian books for kids
Good morning Mr. Block,
I believe I have exactly what Alvin may be looking for.
I imagine you may be familiar, but probably 10-15 years ago, I had received a recommendation from my friend to read a series of books by Richard Maybury, which I found to be must reads for anyone just learning about libertarian thinking. These books are written in such a simple, easy to understand manner, and are even written in a format as if “Uncle Eric” is presenting to his own niece or nephew. Any teen just learning, will learn the fundamentals of money, law, history, and why it is so important to understand in today’s world. I strongly recommend beginning with “What Ever Happened to Penny Candy” and “What Ever Happened to Justice” and then proceeding with all of his history books from “Ancient Rome” through “ World War II and What it Means Today”
I recommend these books for anybody, adult or young teen, and my sons will be reading those in the coming years.l
From: David Lewis
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: Libertarian books for kids and teens
I’m sure you’re aware of and will be recommended several non-fiction books appropriate for a younger audience. I thought I would add some of my favorite libertarianesque novels that the younger set could read.
The Walton Street Tycoons
The Probability Broach
North to Freedom, aka I Am David
Anything that has won the Prometheus Award:
Please don’t forget to post your final short list on LRC! I’m interested to see others’ recommendations.
David Lewis, long time fan
From: Chuck LeBer
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 12:01 PM
Subject: Books for young libertarians
I believe the best books for future libertarians is the Harry Potter series.
If you have not read or listened to them here is what they promulgate:
1. There are evil people in power for its own sake.
2. Family is important.
3. Gold is money.
4. Good triumphs over evil.
5. Hard work pays off.
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 11:55 AM
Subject: Libertarian books for teens
Not sure if this is useful, but I did find a link, in case nobody already pointed you to it.
From: mike carl
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 11:48 AM
To: Dr. Block <email@example.com>
Subject: Libertarian Literature
Let them hone their grammar, spelling, and reading skills on good old fiction. Here are what a few others recommend.
Education comes in many forms.
From: Barbara & Don Buckler
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 11:44 AM
Subject: Libertarian books for teens?
Not sure if these are the best books , but they got me started way back in my murky past.
Anthem by Ayn Rand, restoring the American Dream and looking out for #1 by Robert Ringer and then there is the free to choose series by Milton Freedman still on utube , a day in the life of Ivan Denisovich by the author who’s name I can’t spell…Also I would recommend the recorded lectures and talks by Ralph Rayco and Butler Schafer at the Mises web site. While some of these are not strictly libertarian , I think they point in that direction and I think are accessible to younger and hopefully still open minds.
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 11:43 AM
Subject: I Need Help In Answering This Query
Tell him that the kids need to begin with God’s word.
If they are not reading the Bible then it will not matter what they read.
From: Kyle Fellhoelter
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2020 11:36 AM
Subject: Libertarian books for kids and teens.
My wife and I homeschool our kids. They all love the following books.
* I, Pencil – Leonard E. Reed
* The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible – Ken Schoolland
* Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? – Richard J. Maybury
* Why Government Doesn’t Work – Harry Browne
There are more, but the four mentioned set a solid foundation.
I hope this is helpful.
Walter E. Block, Ph.D.4:54 pm on July 13, 2020 Email Walter E. Block