Children’s Books that Presidential Candidates Need to Read

I remember talking about the Harry Potter books when they were coming out with different cover art for the “adult” version and being asked which I preferred to read. Obviously, the kids version! Plus if I had more shelf space, I would start collecting the British editions because they have different cover art to the US releases. So in the spirit of children’s books and their awesomeness, here’s a tongue-in-cheek post on lessons from children’s books for the US presidential candidates.

Mr. Library Dude

Children’s books aren’t immune to politics. Many deal with issues that children need to learn about. The Lorax is a good example as a modern fable for protecting the environment. Other books have a left/right divide: In If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is it better to be generous, or are we just “enabling”? Evidently it has generated political discussion.

I was doing some work in our Curriculum Materials Collection, when I pulled this book off the shelf:

The Chickens Build a Wall, by Jean-Francois Dumont. Translated into English and published by Eerdmans in 2013, Dumont tells the story of hedgehog that appeares in the barnyard. Chickens, under the leadership of the rooster, decide to build a wall to keep out other “foreign” and unknown things.

As a read this, I immediately thought of the U.S. presidential campaign–and one candidate in particular, Donald Trump. Then I thought, what…

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