Big Ideas for Curious Minds


One of The Observers Best Children’s Books of 2018

An Introduction to Philosophy for Curious Young Minds

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Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions: about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of it all.

Yet sadly, too often, this inborn curiosity is not developed and, as they grow up, the questions fall away.

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 from 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.

The book is filled with exercises and beautiful illustrations to bring the ideas of great thinkers vibrantly to life. Suggested for curious minds aged 9+.

Larry's Learning Outcomes

Anyone with a three year old in the house will know that children are natural born philosophers (hands up who’s answered 400 questions today!) But did you know that children who ponder these questions about life and engaging in philosophical thinking are more likely to do better academically, benefit from better self-esteem and demonstrate a higher amount of empathy for others.

Mr Mole's Marvellous Ideas

Encourage open ended thinking, not all questions need to have a particular answer or result in mind. Encouraging thinking with no preconception will open your child’s mind to a whole range of wonder and will get them thinking about a whole new world of possibilities.