The Shaping of a Child’s Worldview

June 9, 2020

For those who have previously read books to toddlers, you know that it’s almost impossible to read a book to them ONE time. You end up reading that same book so many times, that soon you hear them pretend reading the same book to their stuffed animals, dolls, or family pets.

Today I am posting a list of books for the very young that are read aloud, by various people, on YouTube videos. The titles of the books will be hyperlinked to take you to the YouTube readings. Take the time to listen to as many of these as you can. You may be surprised at some of the content. As you look at the intended age for these books, remember that young children, as a rule, take things at face value.  They are not yet capable of analyzing the statements being made. These are young children who reason like young children.

A book for four to eight-year-olds, Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909, includes this sentence:

The police arrest her seventeen times. They break six of her ribs.

Will children be afraid of policemen after hearing this story, perhaps multiple times?  If they have been catching glimpses of current news flashes, will this statement reinforce what they are hearing?

Are children being conditioned, molded, or indoctrinated at earlier ages than we once supposed?  Are these books factual? Have the authors omitted necessary information? 

There are 45 books included on the following table. I have included the title, author, intended age group, number of pages, subject matter, publisher, and date published. Look at the pictures carefully as you listen to each story.

Note: You can find separate articles on this website for:
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel
Jerome by Heart, by Thomas Scotto

Title

Author

Age      range

# of pages

Subject

Publisher

Year
Publ.

Time

Our House is on Fire

Jeanette Winter

3-8

40

Climate Change

Beach Lane Books
(Simon & Schuster)

2019

5:36

A is for Activist

Innosanto Nagara

3-7

32

Activism

Triangle Square

2013

8:08

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights

Rob Sanders

4-8

48

Activism

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

2018

5:15

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

Michelle Markel

4-8

32

Activism

Balzer + Bray  (Harper/Collins)

2013

7:41

STONEWALL: A BUILDING. AN UPRISING. A REVOLUTION

Rob Sanders

5-8

40

LGBTQ/
Activism

Random House Books for Young Readers

2019

9:00

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Rob Sanders

5-8

48

LGBTQ/
Activism

Random House Books for Young Readers

2018

5:33

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish
(This is a preview of the book.)

Lil Miss Hot Mess

4-8

40

LGBTQ/
DQSH

Running Press Kids
(Hatchette Book Group)

2020

0:45

This Day in June

Gayle E. Pitman

4-8

40

LGBTQ/
Activism

Magination Press
(American Psychological Association)

2014

3:01

Worm Loves Worm

J.J. Austrian

4-8

32

LGBTQ

Balzer & Bray (Harper/Collins)

2016

7:34

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Christine Baldacchino

4-7

32

LGBTQ

Groundwood Books

2014

5:42

Red: A Crayon’s Story

Michael Hall

4-8

40

LGBTQ

Greenwillow Books (Harper/Collins)

2015

4:02

10,000 Dresses

Marcus Ewert

5-9

32

LGBTQ

Triangle Square
(Seven Stories Press)

2008

5:11

My Princess Boy

Cheryl Kilodavis

4-8

36

LGBTQ

Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)

2010

2:18

Jacob’s New Dress

Sarah & Ian Hoffman

4-8

32

LGBTQ

Albert Whitman & Company

2014

6:01

I Am Jazz

Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

4-8

32

LGBTQ

Dial Books (Penguin Random House)

2014

4:33

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson

4-8

32

LGBTQ

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

2005

4:12

Teddy’s Favorite Toy

Christian Trimmer

4-8

40

LGBTQ

Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster)

2018

2:33

Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship

Jessica Walton

3-6

32

LGBTQ

Bloomsbury USA Childrens

2016

3:24

Julian is a mermaid

Jessica Love

4-8

40

LGBTQ

Candlewick

2018

5:16

In Our Mothers’ House

Patricia Polacco

6-8

48

LGBTQ

Philomel Books

2009

14:40

The Little Book of Little Activists

Intro by Bob Bland

5-9

48

activism

Viking Books for Young Readers
(Penguin Random House)

2017

14:07

If You’re Going to a March

Martha Freeman

5+

32

activism

Sterling Children's Books

2018

5:47

I Have the Right to Be a Child

Alain Serres

4-7

48

activism

Groundwood Books

2012

4:58

It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity

Theresa Thorn

4-8

40

LGBTQ

Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan)

2019

5:58

What makes a baby?

Cory Silverberg

3-7

36

LGBTQ

Triangle Square

2013

7:09

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker

Gayle E. Pitman

4-8

32

LGBTQ

Magination Press (American Psychological Association

2018

8:30

Neither

Airlie Anderson

4-8

40

LGBTQ

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hatchette Book Group)

2018

2:31

Feminist Baby

Loryn Brantz

Baby-2-yrs.

22

feminism

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hatchette Book Group)

2017

1:11

Feminist Baby! He's a Feminist Too!

Loryn Brantz

Baby-2-yrs.

22

feminism

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hatchette Book Group)

2019

1:52

Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice!

Loryn Brantz

Baby-2 yrs.

22

feminism

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hatchette Book Group)

2018

1:15

Else-Marie and her Seven Little Daddies

Gabrielle Charbonnet

5+

32

Polyamory

Henry Holt & Co. (Macmillan)

1991

21:14

Stella Brings the Family

Miriam B. Schiffer

5-8

36

LGBTQ

Chronicle Books

2015

3:53

Be Amazing: A History of Pride (preview)

Desmond Napoles and Dylan Glynn

3-6

40

LGBTQ

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)

2020

4:41

Who Are You? The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity

Brook Pessin-Whedbee

5-8

40

LGBTQ

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

2016

3:10

The Gender Wheel - School Edition: a story about bodies and gender for every body

Maya Christina Gonzalez

7-10

44

LGBTQ

Reflection Press

2018

20:25

Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world

Zoe Tucker

4-7

32

Climate Change

Frances Lincoln Children's Books

2019

12:19

They She He Me: Free to Be!

Maya Christina Gonzalez and Matthew SG

6-9

40

LGBTQ

Reflection Press

2017

6:35

When Aidan Became a Brother

Kyle Lukoff

4-7

32

LGBTQ

Lee & Low Books

2019

6:23

Call Me Max

Kyle Lukoff

7-9

32

LGBTQ

Reycraft Books

2019

6:25

Max and the Talent Show

Kyle Lukoff

5-8

32

LGBTQ

Reycraft Books

2019

16:10

Rainbow: A First Book About Pride

Michael Genhart, PhD

3-5

24

LGBTQ

Magination Press (American Psychological Association

2019

3:51

Love Makes a Family

Sophie Beer

9 mo-3 yrs.

24

LGBTQ

Dial Books (Penguin Random House)

2018

2:08

The Lonely Polar Bear

Khoa Le

5-8

38

Climate Change

Happy Fox Books (Fox Chapel Publishing)

2018

4:33

I Can Save the Earth

Alison Inches

4-6

24

Sustain-ability

Little Simon (Simon & Schuster)

2008

5:51

Jerome by Heart

Thomas Scotto

4-8

32

LGBTQ

Enchanted Lion Books

2018

5:38

"The Shaping of a Child's Worldview," by Deborah DeGroff
June 6, 2020

by Deborah DeGroff
between the covers

“It has been an honor and a privilege to call Deborah DeGroff a friend and colleague. It is my hope that millions will soon read her detailed and rigorous research documenting the harm contained in what most of us naively believed was simply 'children’s literature'.”

-Dr. Judith Reisman, Ph.D, research professor at Liberty University School of Law. Author of: Kinsey Sex and Fraud, 1990; Soft Porn Plays Hardball, 1991; Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences, 1998, 2000, republished as Stolen Honor, Stolen Innocence in 2013 and Sexual Sabotage, 2010.

“I obtained certification as a K-12 Reading Specialist in West Virginia and had some excellent professors. None were as knowledgeable about children's literature as Debbie DeGroff. The thorough and far-reaching research she has done in preparing "Between the Covers" is superb. This book will be an outstanding resource for parents and teachers who want to protect their children from indoctrination.”

-Karl Priest, retired Principal and Teacher of 34 years.

 

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