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A Marxist Book in Every Stocking! Top 10 Subversive Themes for Children: Leftist Fantasy for Tots

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Posted on December 6 2010 11:00 am
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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It started innocently enough, like many encounters with obscenity on the internet. I was just surfin’ away, minding my own business, looking for something I don’t even remember now on Google… when up popped something utterly profane.

It was a search result with this intriguing line:

Help me build a library of lefty kids books – Do you know any good left wing propoganda for toddlers?

(I know, I know. This individual should master English before he hits the “propaganda” too hard… his spelling and punctuation skills leave a bit to be desired.)

ANYWAY. Allow me to drag you over here to my computer screen so you can share my horror:

I have a 3 year old daughter, we read a lot of books together. Her mom and I are committed to progressive political action and would like to introduce some cool, fun, lefty books to the collection… I am thinking about books that discuss race, class, struggle, civil rights, gender issues, environmentalism, etc. We are well to the left of the American mainstream, but we’ll take liberalish stuff too.

This was not a Left wing site, but a “community weblog.” Can you even IMAGINE what would happen if a conservative parent posted the polar opposite question? I shudder to think of the cyber-blood that would be shed as the guy got ripped limb from limb. But, because conservatives are more polite than leftists, nobody really took this guy to task for his stated goal of brainwashing his child (one exception to be noted later).

That is not to say, however, that he did not get plenty of responses. Not at all! He was inundated with suggestions, which gives me plenty of fodder for this most timely list. Timely, because aren’t you all out there shopping for gifts? And  books make excellent presents for little kids.

Well, there you go! Get Santa to help you brainwash your favorite 2- or 3-year old!

10. I Am a Real Red!

Who knew? But it turns out that many children’s authors, even some who are beloved by conservative parents and kids, were secretly harboring Marxist tendencies. Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature blows the whistle on a few of these, as well as providing a nifty anthology of stories involving revolutionary chickens seeking liberation from the “egg state,” ostriches fighting fascism, and a baby who grows up without a gender.

Yup, we’re in Leftist fantasyland! And although the editors of this anthology rightly peg a number of well-known children’s authors with leftist tendencies, the true believers can hijack almost any book for the Cause.

Case in point: Swimmy, by Leo Lionni. This is a charming picture book about a misfit little fish who cleverly finds a way to get a bunch of other fish to work together. It’s visually appealing and the storyline is not at all offensive. However, Leftists say this book illustrates the appeal of Socialism (they work together) and the evils of racism (Swimmy’s a different color).

Quite frankly, that’s a stretch. But what do you expect from the fevered imagination of the leftist mind!

Next: saying “Yes we can!” in the hippest way…

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