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Winner of the 2011 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs and the 2013 Merritt Prize for Distinguished Service to the Philosophy of Education


Interested in teaching philosophy to elementary school children? This website will help you do just that using popular children’s picture books.


To get started, take a look at some of the book modules contained on this site. They will introduce you to the philosophy in each picture book and suggest questions to help you initiate a philosophical discussion with young children.

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For more guidance, purchase Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through Children’s Literature, 2nd Edition. This book contains detailed instruction on how to facilitate a philosophy discussion as well as an entire curriculum for an introduction to philosophy class for elementary school children.

Tom has also written an introduction to philosophy for adults using children’s picture books, A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries. It will give you a great background for leading elementary school philosophy discussions.


The links at left will allow you to access press coverage of the Teaching Children Philosophy Program and find other online resources for doing philosophy with children. You can also access the syllabus to Tom’s Philosophy for Children course in which undergraduates teach philosophy to second graders.

Have older kids? Check out What’s the Big Idea?, a website that shows you how to use clips from popular films to initiate ethical discussions among middle and high school children.


Want Tom to come to your school or district to lead a workshop or demonstration? Contact him at tom@teachingchildrenphilosophy.com.


Coming in November, a PBS Film about Tom's work. See a preview.
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