Books and Journals


More resources for philosophy for young people to explore
A. Texts with curricula and lesson ideas:

Implementing Philosophy in Elementary Schools: The Washington Elementary School Philosophy Project, Ali Bassiri et al (Author House)

Philosophy with Young Children: A Classroom Handbook, Philip Cam et al (Australian Curriculum Studies Association)

Can a Robot be Human? 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles, Peter Cave (One World Publications)

Philosophical and Ethical Inquiry for Students in the Middle Years and Beyond, Sarah Davey Chesters et al (Australian Curriculum Studies Association)

101 Ethical Dilemmas, Martin Cohen (Routledge)

Teaching Thinking: Philosophical Inquiry in the Classroom, Robert Fisher (Bloomsbury).

Philosophy for Young Children: A Practical Guide, Berys and Morag Gaut (Routledge)

Philosophy in Schools: An Introduction for Philosophers and Teachers, Goering, Sara, Nicholas Shudak, and Thomas Wartenberg (Routledge)

The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children, Eds. Maugn Gregory, Joanne Haynes and Karen Munis (Routledge)

The Little Book of Thunks: 260 questions to make your bring go ouch! Ian Gilbert (Crown House Publishing)

Philosophy for Teens: Questioning Life’s Big Ideas, Sharon Kaye and Paul Thomson (Prufrock Press)

The Complete Philosophy Files: What’s it all About? Stephen Law (Orion Children’s Books)

Philosophy for Children: Through the Secondary Curriculum, Eds. Lizzy Lewis and Nick Chandley (Continuum)

Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools, Jana Mohr Lone and Michael D. Burroughs (Rowman & Littlefield)

Philosophy and Education, Eds. Jana Mohr Lone and Roberta Israeloff (Cambridge)

Kio and Gus, Matthew Lipman (First Mountain Foundation), and the companion Wondering at the World: An Instructional Manual to Accompany Kio and Gus (Montclair State University)

Plato was Wrong! Footnotes on Doing Philosophy with Young People, David A. Shapiro (Rowman & Littlefield Education)

A Teacher’s Guide to Philosophy for Children, Keith J. Topping, Steven Trickey, and Paul Cleghorn (Routledge)

Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children’s Literature, Thomas E. Wartenberg (Rowman & Littlefield)

Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder about Everything!, David White (Prufrock Press)

The Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for Kids, David A White (Prufrock Press)

The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom, Peter Worley and Tamar Levi (Bloomsbury Academic)

The Philosophy Shop: Ideas, Activities and Questions to Get People, Young and Old, Thinking Philosophically, edited by Peter Worley (Independent Thinking Press)

40 lessons to get children thinking: Philosophical thought adventures across the curriculum, Peter Worley (Bloomsbury Education)


B. Texts with theory about P4Y, or with reflections on teaching P4Y

Philosophy with Teenagers: Nurturing a Moral Imagination for the 21st Century, Patricia Hannam and Eugenio Echeverria

A Life Teaching Thinking, Matthew Lipman (Institute for the Advancement for Philosophy for Children)

Philosophy in the Classroom, Matthew Lipman (Temple University Press)

Thinking in Education, Matthew Lipman (Cambridge University Press)

Philosophy Goes to School, Matthey Lipman (Temple University Press)

Philosophy and the Young Child, Gareth Matthews (Harvard)

Dialogues with Children, Gareth Matthews (Harvard)

Transforming Thinking, Catherine C. McCall (Routledge)

The Philosophical Child, Jana Mohr Lone (Rowman & Littlefield)

C. Journals

Pre-College Philosophy and Public Practice

An interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed online journal for philosophical and/or empirical research on precollege philosophy and its impact and interaction with related areas such as public philosophy, dialogue-based education, ethics education, and human development. In addition to theoretical and empirical research articles, P4 will feature book reviews on selections relating to the focus areas of the journal.

Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis

ATPP is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal published out of Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI) dedicated to exploring the deeper philosophical and ethical implications of education. 

Journal of Philosophy in Schools

JPS is the official journal of The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA). The focus of the journal is research into philosophy with school-aged children. What was once called Philosophy with Children has developed into a sub-discipline of philosophy with its own history, traditions and pedagogy and incorporates philosophical inquiry in the classroom, reflective education and Socratic dialogue through the use of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) methodology.

Childhood and Philosophy

childhood & philosophy is a rolling pass system journal, the result of a partnership between Nefi (Center For Philosophical And Childhood Studies) linked to the graduate program in education of the State University Of Rio De Janeiro (UERJ) and the international council for philosophical inquiry with children (ICPIC).