Kids of all ages always have questions. They usually begin with the word “What” or “Why”.

This new title, first released in France, arrives in America thanks to Chronicle Books. Sixteen questions are asked and each gets a cartoon type explanation of possible answers.

WHY DO WE GET JEALOUS?; WHY DO WE GO TO SCHOOL?; and DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO SHARE? are three examples. The layout of illustrated answers provide a background to making it a perfect discussion topic with friends, teachers, and parents.

Intended for ages 7 and up, What About Philosophy is a quick read that will appeal to both boys and girls. Other titles available in the What About series include The Universe and Science.


Anne-Sophie Chilard is the editor-in-chief of the children’s magazine J’aime lire. She is the co-author of several books of activities and recipes for children, and lives in Paris. Jean-Charles Pettier taught philosophy in high school, and is now a doctoral candidate in philosphy. He introduces the subject to young children through a column in the children’s magazine, Pomme d’api, He lives near Paris. Pascal Lemaitre is the illustrator of the numerous children’s books, including the bestselling picture books, Come with Me, Do Not Open This Book!, and many more. During the year, he splits his time between Brussels, Belgium, and Brooklyn, New York.


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  1. Oh, this sounds like a fascinating book to use with kids. Philosophy for kids. It will certainly encourage more questions. Nice find!

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