“You are stardust. Every tiny atom in your body came from a star that exploded long before you were born.”
These words begin a children’s book called “You Are Stardust” that goes on to describe people, plants and animals as being simply made from the dust of dying stars. No more. No less. Nothing distinguishing humans from insects or flowers or elephants or rivers.
I recently found this book in a public classroom library. It was tucked in between books from the popular Elephant & Piggie Series and a Star Wars Lego comic book. With its engaging illustrations and feel-good storyline of connectedness, it sat waiting to be read by whichever seven-year-old student chose to pick it up during silent reading.
As I continued to look through the bookshelves of this classroom I found multiple books that subtly promoted one specific worldview. A worldview that says gender is fluid and you can do whatever makes you happy. A worldview that says if you can’t measure or study or see something, it does not exist.
These are the messages that children are being exposed to in their classrooms today. The scary part is that they are disguised in beautiful picture books or explicitly taught by their teacher, perhaps the most trusted adult in their lives besides family members.
Let me ask you a question. If your child was in that classroom and chose to read that book, would it raise any red flags? Would your child ask you about the book's message? Would they wonder how that idea fits into their worldview or simply accept that it must be true?
And perhaps the harder question is, if your child did ask you about this book, would you have an answer for them?
The Human Project For Kids seeks to equip parents to be ready to have these discussions with their children. As parents and teachers, we have a responsibility to train our children to ask questions and think critically about different worldviews. This doesn’t mean we take away all other sources of information, that we hide our children away from the world and keep them in a bubble.
It does mean that when your child comes home and tells you they learned that we are made of stardust, you are able to guide them in a discussion to see if that belief lines up with what the Bible says is true.
The first book in the series, What Am I?, shows children that the parts something is made of is different than the purpose it is made for. It uses silly characters, beautiful illustrations and a robot sidekick to engage children in the discovery that, while they may be made of stardust, they were made for a very special purpose.
It is our prayer that this book will encourage you to have discussions in your family about the messages your children read and hear and that you would feel equipped to provide a Biblical perspective to the complicated questions our culture is asking.
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