Philosophy might seem like a big word for little people, but it’s just like a garden. It’s like planting seeds of wisdom in young minds, to cultivate a sense of wonder, Phelping children to ask questions, to think critically, and to explore their place in the world. Give them a key to unlock the door to a treasure trove of ideas, concepts, and ways of thinking. And what better way to start than with some colourful and engaging books?
So, here are 10 philosophy books for children aged 6 to 10 that will ignite their curiosity and imagination, and help them cultivate a love of learning and thinking:
1. “The Three Questions” by Jon J. Muth
Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, The Three Questions is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a young boy who seeks the answers to three big questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?
2. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A classic tale about a prince who travels from planet to planet and learns important lessons about love, friendship, and the meaning of life.
3. “Zen Shorts” by Jon J. Muth
A collection of stories and fables that introduce children to Zen philosophy and its wisdom, through the eyes of a wise and playful panda named Stillwater.
4. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
A poignant and touching story about the relationship between a tree and a boy, that explores themes of generosity, sacrifice, and the cycle of life.
5. “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster
A fantastical adventure that takes a young boy named Milo on a journey through a magical kingdom, where he learns about the power of words, the value of knowledge, and the beauty of imagination.
6. “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf
A charming tale about a gentle bull who prefers smelling flowers to fighting, that challenges traditional notions of masculinity and the nature of courage.
7. “The Way Things Work Now” by David Macaulay
A fascinating and visually stunning book that explains the principles of science and technology through playful and humorous illustrations.
8. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss
A whimsical and inspiring book that encourages children to embrace life’s adventures and challenges, and to find their own path in the world.
9. “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by CS Lewis
This series of books tells the story of a magical world called Narnia and its inhabitants while raising questions about morality, the nature of good and evil, and the power of imagination.
10. “The Magic Paintbrush” by Julia Donaldson
A magical story about a boy who receives a paintbrush that can make his drawings come to life, that explores themes of creativity, responsibility, and the power of imagination.
Philosophy is not just for grown-ups, but for young minds too. By introducing children to these 10 philosophy books, we can inspire them to ask big questions, think deeply, and explore the world with curiosity and wonder. So, let’s plant those seeds of wisdom and watch them grow into mighty trees of knowledge and understanding.