A friend is interested in soliciting philosophically-minded books for young children—ones who are reading, but are not at the chapter-book stage. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed with my kids…
- The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater — for the young individualist.
- A Hole Is To Dig by Ruth Krauss — for the young teleologist.
- Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak — for the young nihilist.
- It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach — for the young.
- How To Behave and Why by Munro Leaf — for the child interested in explanations of rules.
- Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc (with Edward Gorey illustrations) — for the parents tired of explaining rules.
- If by Sarah Perry — an introduction to possible worlds.
- Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel — an introduction to friendship and free will (see “Cookies”).
- The Red Book by Barbara Lehman and Zoom by Istvan Banyai — paradox and perspective, for whereof one cannot speak…
Your suggestions welcome!
(image: illustration from The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater)
UPDATE: Nolen Gertz reminds me of the “Plato & Co.” series of books, featuring titles such as Wittgenstein’s Rhinoceros, Professor Kant’s Incredible Day, Mister Descartes and His Evil Genius, and more.