Big Ideas For Young Thinkers

20 questions about life and the universe

Big Ideas For Young Thinkers
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ISBN: 9780711258358
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What is justice? What is freedom? What is bias? ... And who gets to have big ideas? 

Studies show that children ask caregivers 300 questions a day during meals, trips to the market, and before bedtime. This book teaches children to think critically and discuss ideas in a world that needs bright young thinkers. Jamia Wilson expertly explores the difficult questions kids may ask by relating them to real-life examples and introducing a diverse range of thinkers and luminaries. Drawing on influences from ancient Greeks right up to modern-day American writers, the idea of philosophy – and who gets to have big ideas – is reimagined. 

Choose a question or page to explore and discuss at a time. Relate to the real-life experiences, explore big ideas from a range of thinkers, and decide where you stand on the issue at hand. For example, try to recall your earliest memory. Can you remember a lot or a little? Do memories make us who we are? Or do we pick and choose them to suit who we are? This is a multi-layered book to be explored again and again

Extra info in the book includes a manifesto for talking about difficult topics and managing disagreements, a glossary of terms, a timeline of key thinkers, and an index of themes. 

Chapters are organised into five sections: Identity, Life, Truth, Culture, and Creativity. Questions include:

  • Who am I? 
  • Is race real?
  • What is gender?
  • What happens when we die?
  • What is right and wrong?
  • What is justice?
  • What is freedom?
  • What is knowledge?
  • What is memory?

A mind-expanding book to challenge young thinkers, which reimagines philosophy for ages 9 and up. 

The author

Jamia Wilson is the executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press. An activist and writer, Wilson has contributed to New York Magazine, the New York Times, The Today Show, CNN, BBC, Teen Vogue, Elle, Refinery 29, Rookie, and The Guardian. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black (Wide Eyed Editions), a co-author of Road Map for Revolutionaries (Ten Speed Press) and wrote the introduction and oral history to Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World (Dey Street Books).

Andrea Pippins is an illustrator, designer, and author who has a passion for creating images that reflect what she wants to see in art, media, and pop culture. Her vision is to empower people of color with tools and inspiration to create and tell their own stories. She is the best-selling creator of the coloring book I Love My Hair and the interactive journal Becoming Me. Her clients include O: The Oprah Magazine, Scoop Magazine, Family Circle, The Huffington Post, Bustle, Free People, Lincoln Center, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Andrea is based in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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Specs

Format: Hardback, 64 Pages
ISBN: 9780711258358
Illustrations: color illustrations
Size: 9.252 in x 10.866 in / 235 mm x 276 mm
Published:

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