have assembled question sets for children’s books that raise philosophical
issues. All you need to do is to read one of the children’s
books suggested by our site aloud to a group of elementary school children.
Then use the question sets to guide you in encouraging the children
to discuss the issues. We have
also provided guidelines for each
book which identify and discuss the philosophical issues raised by the
on the picture below to see a short segment from the video, Teaching
In this video, fifth graders from the Jackson Street School in Northampton,
Massachusetts discuss with students from Professor Thomas Wartenberg's
Philosophy for Children course at Mount Holyoke College whether judgments
about art are purely subjective or not. You will see that children’s
literature raises many deep philosophical issues, and, as it turns out,
kids love discussing them.