Class Action – Here Are The Books All Australian Children Should Read

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for the wonderful responses you sent to my last email highlighting how climate activism is replacing education in our schools. Here are a few responses that I want to share with you:

‘The Western Australian report on climate change and schoolchildren highlights what I believe is the major cause of mental health problems in the young. The whole reason children are frightened of climate change is quite simply because they are being forced to believe that we are in imminent danger of doom.’

‘My granddaughter has been asked by her teacher to do an assessment on the recent floods here in the Hunter. Apparently, she “must” conclude the cause is climate change as it is 85% of her mark.’

‘Until recently I was the Director of Marketing at a school in WA. The Principal was actively talking about how to empower students to become activists and be out in the streets championing whatever cause they felt needed fighting. There I was thinking that school was about objectively teaching the curriculum....’

I am glad my email resonated with so many of you. As you pointed out, education should be about imparting knowledge, not using emotions to convert young Australians into activists to causes.

In this email, I am sharing something that I am often asked for – a list of books that are based on universal values that benefit all children instead of the woke literature they are often exposed to.

And if you live in Melbourne, I have an exciting event to share with you for children between the ages of 12 and 16 that will share the truth about the Great Barrier Reef with them.

40 Valuable Books for Children and Teenagers

I’ve spoken to lots of you who have been asking me about great books you can introduce to children that are free of identity politics.

In response, I am delighted to share a compilation entitled 40 Valuable Books for Children and Teenagers, which includes works by many Australian authors, that you can buy, read or gift to young Australians. The list exposes children to our rich cultural literary heritage, both in Australia and abroad, as well as meet their literary and social development needs. [Download here]

40 Valuable Books for Children and Teenagers

From the endearing and mischievous Peter Rabbit to the Fires of Mordor, these books will ignite the imaginations of your children with wholesome and enriching content. It will introduce them to characters who possess both virtue and vice, and explore the nature of the individual through themes of friendship, family, suffering, temptation, greed, bravery and more.

The truth about Great Barrier Reef

In my previous email to you, I demonstrated how our schools and teachers are stoking climate alarmism among our children, often to the detriment of their mental health.

The bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is one such example. Children are often told the Great Barrier Reef is on the brink of extinction because of climate change. Yet, how many of them have been told that according to the latest report by the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, the Reef’s coral cover is at record-breaking high levels.

IPA Adjunct Fellow Dr Peter Ridd has been invited by True Arrow Events to Melbourne to speak to young Australians between the ages of 12 and 16 to explain the truth about the Great Barrier Reef. Children can look forward to learning:

The Great Barrier Reef is doing brilliantly, with record high coral cover, and learn about the geography and history of the formation of the reef.

The history of pessimism about the reef, including the Crown of Thorns starfish outbreaks and the impact of agriculture, and whether these are catastrophic issues.

Why the Great Barrier Reef is used to push climate alarmism.

Problems of quality assurance in science and for the Great Barrier Reef in particular.

Dr Peter Ridd is a physicist who was fired from his tenured professorship by James Cook University for calling into question alarmist research on the Great Barrier Reef. Yet Dr Ridd now stands vindicated on the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr Peter Ridd is a wonderful teacher, and the participating children are going to learn as much about the principles of true scientific inquiry as they will about how the Great Barrier Reef is flourishing.


Bella d'Abrera

Director, Foundations of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute Of Public Affairs