Children’s Books: Ideology and Morals

Nicholas C. Rossis

Children’s books are the main bulk of my reading nowadays. We’ve got literally hundreds of them and read Mary Natalie at least a couple each day. And I confess I love everything about this; from the beautiful illustrations to the irreverent rhymes:

The Soviet Way…

It’s easy to forget, however, that children’s books have long been used as propaganda tools, too. You may remember, for example, my post “ABCs Of War And An Adult Children’s Book: Unusual Alphabet Primers,” which had some incredible examples of wartime ABCs.

80000 horses | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book 80,000 horses, a children’s book about the Volkhov Hydroelectric Plant, 1925. Image: Atlas Obscura

And nothing could be further from Wonky Donkey than 1920s Russia, where children read about sugar beets, hydroelectric plants, and five-year plans. An Atlas Obscura article by Anika Burgess quotes Andrea Immel, Curator of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University. The Cotsen holds nearly 1,000 of…

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