Children’s Books – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. But Mostly The Ugly.

Keeping with our literary theme this week… Thanks, again, to my hubby for this incredible article he wrote a few years back.

We love great literature, but pray the Lord gives each of us wisdom in choosing books which edify and encourage children to strive for righteousness.

A Homeschool Mom

Reading_BugMy wife, thankfully, is a voracious reader. I say, “thankfully”, because someone has to vet all the literature our children read; and they read a lot. The thing is, there’s a lot of ugly stuff out there, and it’s produced by a secular entertainment industry which cares nothing for the well-being of children. All they care about is pushing the envelope in order to tantalize young minds. In the end, it’s all about appealing to the basest of human nature in order to sell a product whilst promoting a worldview untethered from moral restraints. What’s worse is that the entertainment industry is propped up by secular critics who, quite frankly, are shills for their material (whether for ideological or for pecuniary reasons).

Not all critics, however, are quick to embrace the trend toward dark children’s literature. Meghan Cox Gurdon has made the case more than once for “good…

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