A teenage hacker. A major terrorist attack in San Francisco. The Department of Homeland Security clamping down on individual freedoms under the guise of ‘safety.’ This is where Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother starts. Published in 2008, it wisely presages some of the events of today, with profiling (read Muslim Ban), demand to surrender pass codes of personal devices, and the propagation of fear among the masses.
As a parent with tons of responsibilities, how are you supposed to find the time to protest injustice while still making sure your progeny are well cared for and thriving? Well, the simple answer is that you can’t be out there on the front lines protesting day after day.
But you can make an impact on the future by raising your children to be aware and prepared to stand up for themselves and others.
With the National Park Service being in the news lately for finding a way to tweet around President Trump’s recent gag order, and with H.R.621, the recently introduced bill to sell off federal lands, it was hard for me not to review the book: The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein.
Aimed for 1st-3rd graders, this book tells the story of what inspired Theodore Roosevelt to protect America’s wilderness.