Best Philosophy Books for Children | Big Ideas for Curious Minds

October 11, 2018 24 Comments
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Philosophy to me is a subject that is taken at university, and certainly not for children. However, the last two years I have seen more and more books out on this subject aimed at kids. So I thought I would find the best philosophy books for children.

I came across the School of Life only recently with their child book called Big Ideas for Curious Minds – An Introduction to Philosophy. So I thought this would be a great starting place. These books are a great way to study philosophy in your homeschool.

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The Best Philosophy Books for Children

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Big Ideas for Curious Minds – Review

Freddie is 8 years old and is an advanced reader, however, when I first received the book I was a little concerned this would be too advanced. Now, this was just flicking through the pages as there are lots of words. In reality, I was doing both the book and Freddie a disservice as he loved the book and all of the pictures inside.

** Disclosure – I was given these books in return for an honest review.**

Big Ideas for Curious Minds by The School of Life - philosophy books for children

Big Ideas for Curious Minds is designed to harness children’s spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history. The book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras – and shows us how their ideas continue to matter.

Big Ideas for Curious Minds is broken up into 28 chapters which means it is broken up into small manageable chunks. It is an absolutely brilliant philosophy book for children and in fact, is our favourite.

The first chapter is all about philosophy and what it is. What I love is at the end of the chapter there are some great examples of what is wise and unwise responses to things that children will experience.

A friend isn’t very nice to you. Unwise Responses Be horrible back to them Feel that maybe you deserve to be treated badly or Wise Responses Wonder what might be upsetting them Tell them calmly that they hurt your feelings, and ask what’s wrong.

There are other examples that are just as good and aimed at problems that children will experience daily. Losing a game, long car journey, not wanting to go to bed, accidentally spoil a drawing etc.

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At the end of a number of chapters, there are places for your child to write their feelings or questions they may want to ask.

Parents Review of Big Ideas for Curious Minds

This is an absolute must-have for ALL children. It is absolutely fantastic and helps children understand a number of their daily struggles. In fact, I take that previous comment back, this is an absolute must for EVERYONE. I have had read it from cover to cover, and as a 40-year-old woman I have honestly learnt something new.  Fantastically well written, and breaks down the bigger words into easy to understand sentences.

Child’s review of Big Ideas for Curious Minds

When Freddie first received it, he was a little overwhelmed. However, as soon as he started reading it he loved it. So much so that he would read sections out to me and say mummy this is what you say, or I wish I had said that.

Big Ideas for Curious Minds

100 Questions a Toolkit for Families Review

Not only do they sell amazing books at the School of Life they also sell prompt cards.

It isn’t always easy for families to relate, but good conversation can play a part in building a strong connection between generations.

This toolkit contains 100 thought-provoking questions for the whole family to answer. We have actually put this in Freddie’s bedroom and every night before he goes to bed. He chooses a card and we all have to answer it. It is certainly quite surprising listening to some of his answers!!

Examples of some of the philosophy cards are:

If I saw a child crying by the side of the road without his / her parents, I would…..

Describe your best-ever family trip or holiday

When I spend a long time on computers…….

Do you consider your brother(s) or sister(s) to be your friends?

What would you like to learn?

What word(s) do your parents use most? What’s their most annoying expression?

The Joys and Sorrows of Parenting

This book is made up of 26 small essays that aim to provide an understanding of and consolation for the trials and pleasures of parenting. I am not sure why. But this is almost like a board book and the photos are just ordinary family photos. They are not professionally taken, they just look like photos that you might have taken as a family. This I think makes the book more real and easier to relate with.

The Joys and Sorrows of Parenting by the School of Life

What are your favourite philosophy books for children? Please leave me a comment below.

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I am Clare, a homeschooling mum in the UK to my gorgeous 9 year old son, Freddie. We also live with my bearded husband Stuart.

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  • Solange October 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  • Laura Pritchard October 12, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for the chance to win – it sounds like a good read!

  • MARK HOPKINS October 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Sounds like a good book.

  • Ruth Harwood October 13, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Sounds like an interesting book! xx

  • Claire Woods October 14, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I’m sure I could relate to this book!

  • MARIA ROGERS October 17, 2018 at 12:11 am

    looks like a book we can all relate to

  • Jo McPherson October 26, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Looks great

  • Jo Carroll October 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Wow..what a great site – so much interesting things to discover – thank you for that. x

  • Rich Tyler October 31, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Count me in!

  • Jodie A Green November 6, 2018 at 9:00 am

    yes please sounds good!

  • Troy Easton November 7, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    looks good.

  • Diana November 7, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Sounds good and interesting 🙂

  • Rebecca Whatmore November 8, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Sounds a really good book

  • Stephen Little November 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Looks like an interesting read

  • Adrian Clarke November 9, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Looks really good.

  • Pam Gregory November 9, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Looks interesting!

  • Adrian Bold November 9, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the competition.

  • ellie spider November 10, 2018 at 12:04 am

    looks like a fun book 😀

  • paula cheadle November 10, 2018 at 12:18 am

    it sounds like a great book

  • Claire Davey November 10, 2018 at 8:32 am

    my son and i would love this i think sounds a amazing book to have

  • A.E. ADKINS November 10, 2018 at 9:52 am

    This sounds such an interesting read, useful for the imminent new addition

  • Natalie Crossan November 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I’d love to read this

  • Natalee Gosiewski November 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    oh wow looks fun

  • laura stewart November 10, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    lovely giveaway x

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