PHILOSOPHY & BIG IDEA BOOKS

Topic Books about Philosophy, Ethics and God for Children in KS1 & KS2

Bigs Ideas for Curious Minds

by The School of Life

Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. The book functions as an ideal introduction to philosophy, as well as a charming way to open up conversations between adults and children about the biggest questions we all face.

If... by David J. Smith

'If the Sun were the size of a grapefruit, Earth would be the size of a grain of salt. Even the largest planet, Jupiter, would be only as big as a large pea.' Some things are so big or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. Explore these hard-to-imagine objects and events and compare them to things we can instantly see, feel and touch.

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Children's Book of Philosophy by Sarah Tomley 

This book explains philosophy to kids in an easy-to-understand way, using simple text and fun illustrations. Meet Socrates and Confucius, Kant and Sartre, and many others who have studied and pondered on the complexities of everyday life.

Cool Philosophy by Daniel Tatarsky 

Featuring the key philosophic principles of every philosopher you've heard of (and some you haven't), Cool Philosophy is stuffed to the gills with amazing facts, tricks and stats to help you discover everything you need to know about what philosophy is - in a way you'll never forget. 

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Dreams of Freedom 

by Amnesty International

This inspirational book contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of freedom, from the freedom to have an education to the freedom to have a home and to be yourself. All the chosen quotations  are in simple words that can be understood by young children.

Philosophy for Young Children

by Berys Gaut

Philosophy for Young Children is a concise, practical guide for teachers. It contains detailed session plans for 36 philosophical enquiries - enough for a year’s work - that have all been successfully tried, tested and enjoyed with young children from the age of three upwards.

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What is God? by Etan Boritzer

What is God? is written with a simple clarity with just the right blend of seriousness and humour. The book compares different religions - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism. If you want to talk about spirituality with a child, or introduce them to philosophy or religion, this book is a great beginning. 

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The Wonder by Faye Hanson 

This is a story about a boy whose head is always full of wonder. We follow him on a school day, where his daydreams transform the world around him. Unfortunately lots people tell him to get his head out of the clouds. It is only in art class that he realises he can bring the wonder out of his head for the whole world to enjoy.

The Antlered Ship

by Dashka Slater

Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship arrives, Marco hopes to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions...

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You Are Stardust

by Elin Kelsey

People are nature. From the water we drink to the trees we climb, we are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways. With simple, poetic text, and exquisite artwork, You Are Stardust introduces kids to these connections - sparking their imaginations and starting conversations.

40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking by Peter Worley

Explore a collection of practical lesson and activity plans to get children thinking philosophically and creatively. The sessions - called thought adventures - use thought experiments, stories and poems to get children discussing and understanding topics more deeply.

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Imagine

by John Lennon

Join one little pigeon on her mission to spread the word of peace around the world. Set to the lyrics the iconic song Imagine, this book brings John Lennon's enduring message of peace and tolerance to a new generation. 

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Adventures in Philosophy

by Brendan O'Donoghue

Through stories, questions and thoughts, Adventures in Philosophy will cultivate a child's sense of curiosity and courage, their ability to question, learn, experiment and think for themselves. 

Step into the unknown and venture deeper into the word-forest of your soul!

The If Machine by Peter Worley

Can computers think? What makes something human? How big is infinity?  Each session offers an imaginary situation, followed by a series of questions to encourage children to challenge key philosophical ideas such as values and ethics, gender and identity, and existence and beauty.

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Little People, Big Dreams: Simone de Beauvoir 

by Rachel Valentine

Discover the life of Simone de Beauvoir, the great French philosopher. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline and a detailed profile of the philosopher's life.

It Might Be An Apple

by Shinsuke Yoshitake

It Might Be an Apple is follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought through all the things an apple might be if it is not, in fact, an apple. This book is not only huge fun, but it also encourages a questioning, challenging approach to the world around us. A boisterous, philosophical story for young children.

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The Golden Rule

by Ilene Cooper

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" - everybody knows the Golden rule. But where does it come from and why is it important? Do people all over the world follow it? A grandfather explains to his grandson the importance of this simple rule and demonstrates the wonderful effect following it.

Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind by Mike Fleetham

Explore this collection of engaging, though-provoking short stories with no endings, designed for children to createtheir own endings and interpretations. Supporting notes on how to use each story are provided to explore alternative outcomes. 

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