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Winner of the 2011 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs

This website is dedicated to helping adults conduct philosophical discussion with and among elementary school children.

Contrary to what many people think, young children are both interested in and good at discussing philosophical questions. Picture books are a great way to initiate a philosophical discussion with young children and this site will help you get started.

Here is what you’ll find on the site:

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1. Book modules for a range of children’s books. These include short introductions to the philosophical issues raised by each book and questions to ask children to get a discussion started.


2. More information about having a philosophical discussion with young children. Resources include links to pages for Educators, Parents, and Kids, a video page featuring actual discussions among school children, an interview with Tom Wartenberg, and news about Tom's recent books, Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through Children's Literature and - hot off the presses - A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature.


3. The Course Website for Tom’s course, Philosophy for Children, in which his undergraduate students at Mount Holyoke College teach philosophy to elementary school children.

Read about the course in The New York Times. Listen to a story on the program on New England Public Radio. Watch an interview with Tom about A Sneetch Is a Sneetch.
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