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Philosophy: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about philosophy?

As you can see, this list of kids books about philosophy is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about philosophy, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Happiness with Aristotle
Written by Maureen McQuerry and Duane Armitage & illustrated by Robin Rosenthal
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An exciting board book series that asks deep questions in a wonderfully accessible way.

Even little children have big questions about life. Finding happiness is a lifelong goal and Aristotle thought deeply about it. Why are we here? What is the best way to live a happy life? Having friends who are fun and adventurous is important, but it’s also important to have true friends who will help us be good people and tell us when we’re straying from that. He also believed we have to love ourselves in order to love others and be happy. This book will prompt readers to concentrate on what makes them happy and how they can be a good friend to others and themselves.

Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Imagination with René Descartes
Written by Maureen McQuerry and Duane Armitage & illustrated by Robin Rosenthal
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An exciting board book series that asks deep questions in a wonderfully accessible way.

Even little children have big questions about life. Imaginations are unique to every human on earth and René Descartes believed that is what makes every person their own true self. By thinking about what we imagine and how all people imagine differently, kids can work on understanding others’ perspectives and points of view and become more empathetic. Imagination with René Descartes will help them see how using your imagination makes you “you” and understanding the same about friends and family is an important part of getting along in a community.

The Way I Act
Written by Steve Metzger & illustrated by Janan Cain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

The Way I Act explores thirteen ways of behaving. The friendly verses and bold illustrations convey many positive ideas of how to act in a variety of situations. In the companion book, The Way I Feel, children learned that feelings come and go and simply are. A little older now, they are ready to think about the ability they have to control how things turn out. Like The Way I Feel, this book is ideal for children with autism.

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