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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 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.

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 the background you need to lead elementary school philosophy discussions.

Interested in discussing philosophy with older students? Take a look at Philosophy@The Virtual Art Museum which uses works of art to stimulate 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 and watch the PBS Documentary about Tom's college course that won the 2015 Emmy Award for Education films to see 2nd graders discussing philosophy.

Want Tom to come to your school or district to lead a workshop or demonstration? Questions or comments? Interested in contributing to this website? Contact him at

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Have older kids? Check out What’s the Big Idea?, to use clips from popular films to initiate ethical discussions among middle and high school children. You can also watch an older documentary made in the first school that Tom's students taught in.

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