Book Review: Big Thinkers and Big Ideas by Sharon Kaye

Explore deep questions and practice big thinking–with philosophy for kids

Have your kids ever asked you about things like whether or not what we see is real? Or why some actions are considered good, and some are bad? If they have, then they might be on their way to becoming a philosopher. Big Thinkers and Big Ideas is a book about philosophy for kids ages 8 to 12 that will teach them about the concepts and people that are important in philosophy, so they can start exercising their mind and looking at the world with new eyes.

With this philosophy for kids book, they’ll learn about different kinds of philosophy from all over the world and philosophers like Socrates, Pythagoras, Ayn Rand, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Help them practice thinking deeply and come up with their own solutions to complex problems.

Dive into philosophy for kids with:

The big four–Read about the four main branches of philosophy: metaphysics (reality), epistemology (knowledge), logic (critical thinking), and ethics (values).

What do you think?–The questions inside will encourage kids to build better arguments and talk to their friends and family about meaningful topics.

Just the first step–If philosophy for kids is interesting for your child, this book is a great primer for more advanced philosophy books.
Inspire kids to think differently with the perfect introduction to philosophy.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Big Thinkers and Big Ideas is an excellent book for children, especially those who have a lot of questions. It will help them to think about things and look at things in a different way.

I like the introduction which asks if we all see colors the same way. How do you know that your red is the same as my red? Maybe your red is my blue. Honestly, this is a question I’ve often contemplated because it can’t be answered.

According to Big Thinkers and Big Ideas, there are 4 branches of philosophy: reality, knowledge, ethics, and logic. Those are also the 4 main chapters of this book, and each chapter looks at questions from each branch. Each question comes with an explanation but not an answer. It also explains the ideas on that subject by a philosopher and challenges the reader with a scenario to think about (called Think About It!). It will get adults to thinking too!