Raising Freethinkers Virtual Book Study: Recommended Reads

Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
By Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, Jan Devor

Starting in February of this year, the website Secular Parenting has been holding a virtual book club to encrouage nonreligious parents across the country and around the world to connect with each other to discuss the same book.

Throughout the virtual book study, people have connected on Facebook and Twitter and in person to discuss the book Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief (Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, Jan Devor).

During our conversations, we have recommended many books to each other. Here is a list of them, divided into sections that reflect the chapter titles. Books for parents are at the bottom. Enjoy!

*As of 04 feb 2016, I have added books up to Chapters 5/6, Book Study Question 7

 

Ch. 1: The Inquiring Mind

Critical thinking, independent thinking, promoting a sense of wonder

Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story
By Lisa Westberg Peters, Lauren Stringer
Older than The Stars
By Karen C. Fox
Bang!: How We Came to Be
By Michael Rubino
Me & Dog
By Gene Weingarten
Who Was Charles Darwin?
By Deborah Hopkinson

"AMightyGirl.com has great book lists/toy lists to encourage scientific thinking."

Ch. 2: Living and Teaching Ethics in Your Family

Empathy, ethics, acting on principles vs. blindly following rules

Ch. 3: Secular Family, Religious World

Religious literacy, inoculation against indoctrination, diversity of cultures

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
By Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
The Little House (9 Volumes Set)
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
People
By Peter Spier
D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
By Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Ch. 4: The Physical Self

Sex-positive parenting, body-positivity, sexuality, relationships, sexual identity, gender identity

Ch. 5: Ingredients of a Life Worth Living

Nothing so far...

Ch. 6: Celebrating Life

Celebrations, holidays, ceremonies, traditions

Ch. 7: Death and Life

Death, grieving, making the most of life

You Are Stardust
By Elin Kelsey
Tuck Everlasting
By Natalie Babbit

Ch. 8: Finding and Creating Community

Nothing yet...

Ch. 9: The Grab Bag

Nothing yet...

Books for Parents

Books on related topics aimed at parents/adults