What do you do when you care passionately about something and you want children to understand why it’s important? In Connor Boyack’s case, he came up with a book series based on tales about characters named the Tuttle Twins, Emily and Ethan.
Boyack tweaked his idea by including symbolism inspired by works of famous authors he admires. The Creature from Jekyll Island informs about the Federal Reserve, and the clandestine maneuverings leading to its creation as well as the impact on Americans’ money. A review at the Tenth Amendment Center describes that book as “an adaptation of the complex ideas found in The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve, by G. Edward Griffin, written especially for children.”
TAC said the story is told in a “brief and enjoyable manner that makes complex ideas very easy for children to grasp.”
Another book in the series informs children about law and individual rights—a nod to Frédéric Bastiat, French economist whose ‘Broken Window’ essay is iconic for political junkies of all persuasion.
The Golden Rule, time travel, and The Road to Surfdom—an obvious nod to F.A. Hayek—all seem to aim at getting children to think outside the very narrow box confining many a classroom.
It’s likely Boyack knew it wouldn’t be productive to attempt to pitch this series to mass market book producers. Current offerings in children’s literature, much of it disposable pop culture renderings, don’t track libertarian.
Among all the political philosophies, libertarianism comprises the broadest freedoms. Boyack obviously thought it worthy enough to pour a lot of time and effort into sharing his ideas with young people. I have no doubt many adults learn much from his works as well.
Vocativ described the books as teaching kids all about ‘Libertarianism.’ I think it goes beyond that, though, more in the realm of small ‘l’ libertarianism and thinking than a political party.
The idea is catching on. The Tuttle Twins’ Facebook page has 16,871 ‘Likes’. According to that page, the author has just returned from presenting at a conference for the Association of Private Enterprise Education in Hawaii. Also some schools are beginning to include the books in curricula.
The books are illustrated by Elijah Stanfield.
Learn more about the series at The Tuttle Twins official website.
Boyack saw an opportunity to blend his passion with a mission. Freethinking parents now have an opportunity that didn’t exist before he waded into publishing.
Boyack has also written books about government and politics for adults.
(KBD/April 18, 2017)