A Children’s Philosophical Library

New Book for Young Readers

On Planet Fruitcake

Planet Fruitcake by second Children's Laureate Anne Fine tells the story of Philip - who when told to speak up more in class rises to the challenge by raising some uncomfortable questions for his teacher. A fun exploration of some key philosophical issues for children aged 6-10 years.

Anne Fine's Website

Fiction that is philosophical in tone or relates to philosophy in some way:

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose by Diana Janney
Stories for Thinking by Robert Fisher
Aesop’s Fables

Introductory philosophical material:

The Philosophy Files 1 and 2 by Stephen Law (for younger teenagers)
The Philosophy Gym by Stephen Law (for older teenagers)
The Dead Philosopher’s Café by Nora K. and Vittorio Hosle
A Young Person’s Guide to Philosophy by Weate and Lawman

Poetry collections with a philosophical flavour:

I Was Only Asking by Steve Turner
First Poems for Thinking by Robert Fisher
Poems for Thinking by Robert Fisher

For the older student:

Philosophy For Kids by David White
Philosophy For Teens and More Philosophy For Teens by Sharon M. Kaye and Paul Thomson
Philosophy Through Science Fiction: A Coursebook with Readings by Ryan Nichols, Nicholas D. Smith and Fred Miller
‘The Philosophy Student’s Beginners Pack’:
    Philosophy: The Basics
    Philosophy: The Basic Readings
    Philosophy: The Classics
    Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide
    Thinking from A to Z

    All by Nigel Warburton
The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton
Can a Robot be Human? by Peter Cave
50 Philosophy Ideas by Ben Dupre
The Pig That Wants to be Eaten and 99 other thought experiments by Julian Baggini
The Duck That Won the Lottery and 99 other bad arguments by Julian Baggini
101 Philosophy Problems by Martin Cohen
101 Ethical Dilemmas by Martin Cohen
Philosophical Tales by Martin Cohen
Wittgenstein’s Beetle and other classic thought experiments by Martin Cohen