Posted by: sponyak | February 17, 2011

A Plea for Atheist Childrens’ Books

 
 
 
Prospective authors and illustrators- time to get busy!

 

Let’s face it… America is filled with books that promote religious indoctrination in children. There are thousands of titles available for Christian kids which range from the relatively benign to the downright maniacal.

The lack of overtly atheistic children’s books neatly illustrates the “protective cocoon” that religion has woven for itself… unfortunately with our help (the “secular” are generally WAY too concerned about being “controversial” or appearing to be “antagonistic” towards religion).

While there are some very good (and fairly current) parenting books for freethinkers on the market (Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide to Parenting Beyond Belief is a good one), there is a distinct lack of books for kids that give the very concept of “gods” the scrutiny it so deserves.

There are a few- Dan Barker’s Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong examines morality without supernaturalism. As one reviewer said, the book is “good for undoing religious brainwashing”.

Dan Barker also authored Just Pretend: A Freethought Book for Children which pretty much compares belief in gods to belief in Santa Claus, etc. (and justifiably so).

We also have S.C. Hitchcock’s Disbelief 101: A Young Person’s Guide to Atheism- this one is aimed at Grade 9 & up, though.

Fortunately, there are indeed many pro-science and pro-critical thinking children’s books on the market… some of you might want to list some good ones below in the comments.

But for those parents who are looking for a childrens’ book that includes those things, but also delves into the absurdity of religious dogma itself (the “heart of the beast”), the pickin’s are very slim indeed.

The world is ready for childrens’ books that directly challenge the very notion of gods & religious belief. Prospective authors, it’s a market that’s waiting to be tapped!

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  1. For the 11+ crowd Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is an excellent choice. Daniel Loxton also wrote an illustrated book about evolution that has gotten nothing but rae reviews.

    … And that’s the best I can do off the top of my head.

  2. Thekeyofatheist, excellent blog you have there! Adding to my favorites…

    I’ve seen Loxton’s book, and it is fabulous- it makes a perfect supplement since it is centered on the science of evolution. There is also Dan Barker’s “Maybe Yes, Maybe No” which promotes general skepticism well, but treads very lightly on religion.

    Still, I think we’re aching for a childrens’ guide that examines the whole irrational religious enchilada, in a fun and entertaining way :)

  3. OK! I’ve written an atheist children’s book! Now, where do I get this masterpiece published. Anyone know an agent?

  4. Hi Greg- good question! There are numerous online publishers, here is a “top ten” list:

    http://online-book-publishing-review.toptenreviews.com/

  5. Hi everyone there is a new children`s book called “Great without Religion” being and athiest kid in a world full of gods, I got it on amazon and I think it is great, I have read it to my 5 and 4 year old 3 times now and they are probably now more educated on religions and gods then when I turned 25.

  6. My book “What I’ll tell Tom: The Atheist Kid’s Bible” is available at lulu.com

    I’d highly recommend lulu.com to another author Greg.

  7. I’ve got an atheist/secular children’s book on Kickstarter right now. Check it out and see if it’s worth promoting! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1838529586/the-easter-bunny-is-a-monster

  8. Hi I just wrote a fiction children’s book for elementary aged kids. Please check it out.
    http://beingatheistinachristianusa.org/?page_id=236


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