If you’ve been looking for a fun way to talk about economics and the proper role of government with your kids – yes, your kids! – then the Tuttle Twins Books and Podcast for Kids are perfect for your family. This unique approach of exploring important topics such as economics and government will be a hit with your children, hands down.
Who are the Tuttle Twins?
Connor Boyack is the author of the Tuttle Twins Series, which are children’s books written to introduce kids ages 5-11 to principles of economics and civics through the Tuttle family adventures. There is so much in the news these days to spur on great conversations about these topics with our kids.
But maybe you’d like some help in navigating these ideas with your kids. If so, you’re in luck!
Connor takes classics in the fields of government and economics and distills them down to a level that, yes, even your youngest kids will understand!
Want some great dinnertime conversation? Then definitely check out the Tuttle Twins popular series.
Examples of What the Tuttle Twins Books Teach
In The Tuttle Twins and The Food Truck Fiasco, Ethan and Emily Tuttle learn about business, regulations, economics, protectionism, competition, and other basic market principles as they try to help their food truck friends open a business. Taken from Henry Hazlitt’s classic Economics in One Lesson, your kids will learn timeliness principles that even some adults do not know.
In The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil, your children will learn about the economic principles of spontaneous order, division of labor, competition, trade, and the free market – all based on the classic essay “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read.
Types of Lessons Kids Learn Through the Tuttle Twins Series
In The Tuttle Twins and the Education Vacation, Connor Boyack distills the ideas of John Taylor Gatto’s book The Underground History of American Education. Homeschool families will enjoy this reinforcement of important ideas and key principles of educational freedom and passion-driven learning.
Best of all, author Connor Boyack is a homeschool dad who champions the rights of parents and the cause of freedom. His book, Passion-Driven Education, is a must-read for homeschooling parents. Check out his insights in this podcast interview. Plus, there’s a video peek into his book series.
So, if you’re looking for some fresh children’s books for your kids to read, definitely check out The Tuttle Twins Series. (Yes, they have books for teens too!). But, if you want another layer of learning, you’ll appreciate their new podcast.
The Way The World Works Podcast
The Tuttle Twins Podcast is called The Way The World Works and that’s exactly what it discusses. With several new episodes each week, your kids are sure to look forward to these inspiring discussions that tackle the questions that come to mind when watching the world around them.
Here’s what the first few Tuttle Twins episodes covered:
Which is more important, liberty or security?
We all want to be safe. But sometimes, people in power try to convince us that we need to trade our rights in order to feel safer. When our Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution, they did not intend for us to compromise liberty for security, so why do we let this happen today?
Do too many government rules harm people?
Some rules help to keep us safe. But sometimes, people in power get carried away and make too many rules, restricting our behavior. Without a limited government, people can prohibit us from doing even simple things like opening a neighborhood lemonade stand or even limiting which businesses are allowed to operate.
Netflix and Hulu, Coke and Pepsi… Why is there so much market competition?
Have you ever noticed how many choices we have when it comes to the products we can buy? Pepsi or Coke? McDonalds or Burger King? When companies fight for our business, consumers like you and me win by having more options available to us.
Why do people hate the rich?
Ever wonder why the rich are always portrayed as bad guys in the media? Is there something wrong with being rich, or do the books and movies have it wrong?
What are “isms?”
Capitalism, Communism, Socialism … why is the world obsessed with identifying with “isms?” And what do these things mean?
I hope you’ll check out The Way The World Works podcast and The Tuttle Twins series if want your kids to learn about the ideas of a free society and have a resource to help teach them these economic and civic principles in your home. Bonus: They also have a Free Market Rules economics curriculum.
Tuttle Twins Books for Kids (By Age Group)
The Tuttle Twins Series comes in 3 age groups: Toddler, Ages 5-11, and Teen. You can browse the available titles below.
The Tuttle Twins Children’s Books (Age 5 to 11)
The Tuttle Twins books for kids ages 5-11 cover interesting topics such as human rights, how an economy works, money, banking, inflation, infrastructure, work ethic, problem solving, starting a business, and so much more! Read on to see what these great books are about.
The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law – This book teaches your children about the human individual rights that public schools normally no longer teach. Use this text to teach these fundamental principles about the law from the main characters Ethan and Emily’s latest adventure.
The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil – OK, this book isn’t only about how pencils are made. Your own children will also learn how an economy includes people working together to produce products used by people all over the world to improve lives.
The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island – This third installment of the Tuttle Twins series talks about monetary policy, central banking, inflation, and other economic topics. These topics do not have to be boring for your young readers, and this engaging book will help.
The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco – Who doesn’t love food trucks? Some of them have the best food ever. Food trucks are actually very fruitful businesses with the freedom in making their own schedule. One or two people can make a difference and this book is a great way to encourage that.
The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom – Working in infrastructure, I understand how planning can unintentionally become a detriment to the community. Your children can read about how a central planning decision affects community members, and them as they travel to the beach named Surfdom.
The Tuttle Twins and the Golden Rule – We should treat others the way we want them to treat us, that’s the Golden Rule. Ethan and Emily Tuttle (the twins) go on a summer adventure and learn all bout this universal principle.
The Tuttle Twins and the Search for Atlas – In the world of entitled citizens, this is a great way to explain to your children the idea of a hard work ethic. What is even more important is the exploration of how socialism creeping into society is dangerous.
The Tuttle Twins and their Spectacular Show Business – Children will be motivated in reading this book about creative problem solving and starting their own businesses. Becoming a business owner is not easy but the twins teach readers about the challenges.
The Tuttle Twins and the Fate of the Future – The Tuttle twins watch a dystopian film of a future society full of coercion. Your children will understand how to discover the best way to prevent this type of future and about working together for peace.
The Tuttle Twins and the Education Vacation – Education + vacation seems like a parenting win. Ethan and Emily Tuttle go on an adventure to discover how education works best when it is geared towards your student’s interests and abilities.
The Tuttle Twins and the Messed Up Market – Putting money to good use is something important to learn at an early age. Emily and Ethan Tuttle think about these basic ideas and as they develop the Children’s Entrepreneur Market they will see borrowing and lending is not as simple as it seems.
The Tuttle Twins and the Leviathan Crisis – The Tuttle twins begins a fun adventure game battle against the forces of Leviathan and the idol produces lessons that teach about truth. This world is full of fear-inducing media, unfactual data, Trojan horses, and demagogues that are relatable to what we hear and see in our current events now.
The Tuttle Twins Teen Books (Age 12 and above)
If you have an older student or an advanced learner, check out these Tuttle Twin books for kids ages 12 and up.
The Tuttle Twins and the Hyperinflation Devastation – This 405 page Tuttle Twins text has 5 possible endings. Your student can determine what the consequences will be, it’s like reading 5 different fun stories to learn about inflation, community, cryptocurrency, and more.
The Tuttle Twins and the Little Pink House – 10 possible endings in 496 pages of content? I think yes! The twins visit their grandma’s little pink house to celebrate Independence Day in an adventure of victory and defeat to save their grandma’s house. Kids will delight in learning about greedy corporations, zoning fights, and more in this fun story.
The Tuttle Twins and the Case of the Broken Window – This text has 9 different possible endings in 279 pages of content. The twins have to figure out how to make things right with the broken window they made while hitting a game-winning home run.
The Tuttle Twins and the Play for Power – This test is the ins and outs of a race for the Secretary of State between their Aunt Cathy and a millionaire businessman. Who wins the race?! Find out in 9 possible endings in 359 pages of content.
Tuttle Twins Guidebook Set of 3 Books: Logical Fallacies, Inspiring Entrepreneurs, Courageous Heroes
This set of 3 Tuttle Twins books comes illustrated with a hardback cover for pre-teens, teenagers, and even adults who want to learn more about critical thinking, logic, entrepreneurship, hard work, standing up for what is right, and more!
The Tuttle Twins Guide to Logical Fallacies – Logical fallacy is a bad argument that makes something seem like it’s true when it really is not. This can be used as a guidebook for teenagers and young adults exploring argument winning and points of view. It is very interesting.
The Tuttle Twins Guide to Inspiring Entrepreneurs – I have read that failure is just one step on a very long journey to an entrepreneur’s success and totally agree. This book is an inspiration for readers as they start thinking about their futures.
The Tuttle Twins Guide to Courageous Heroes – This text allows the readers to learn lessons about the impacts of heroes in our society. Help your students learn about choosing what is right.
Tuttle Toddlers Books (Age toddlers)
Yes, you can even find books on the basics for toddlers! How awesome is that?
The Tuttle Toddlers ABCs of Economics – Yes, This book is in the right category. Even little ones can explore the very basic real-world concepts of economic principles and market basics.
ABCs of the American Revolution The Tuttle Toddlers – Avoiding the mistakes of the past are things we could all use to do. Your toddlers can totally learn the basics of this by learning the important events of the American Revolution.
The Tuttle Toddlers ABCs of Liberty – Liberty is something that many of us take for granted. Help your young children, even as toddlers, understand what the principles of freedom really mean.
Why We Love The Tuttle Twins Series
Although our children will be exposed to the nonsensical ideologies of this current day, it doesn’t have to be the new normal for them. Children can learn to think for themselves, to research policies, and individual rights. They can learn about the economy and what has historically worked and not worked.
The Tuttle Twins Series is a compulsory education resource in my home. I want my children to be empowered in the areas of true history (American History and history of the world), money knowledge, personal freedom, personal responsibility, business sense, family values, civil liberties, and individual rights.
Do not let your children be bombarded by the current state of rhetoric in our world, but equip them in the way they should go.
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.