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Big Ideas For Young Thinkers

Written by Jamia Wilson

Illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Key Stage 2 Non-Fiction Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Reference Books

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A mind-expanding book for young thinkers

Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

This book was designed with bright, curious readers in mind and serves them really well. Author Jamia Wilson was just such a child, never happier than when asking questions about the hows and whys of the world (one of them being why most of the big thinkers in her schoolbooks were white European men). She sets out here to get young people thinking and debating too, posing big questions like ‘is God real?’ and ‘what is the imagination?’. She outlines the beliefs of different thinkers to provide a history of thought – often including quotes and short biographies – but emphasises that everyone picking up the book is a philosopher with equally meaningful, important views. Bursting with ideas, this will start all sorts of conversations and discussions, and open up a world of debate.

Andrea Reece

Big Ideas For Young Thinkers Synopsis

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? What is race? What is gender? What happens when we die? What is right and wrong? What is bias? What is freedom? What is justice? What is memory? A mind-expanding book to challenge young thinkers, which reimagines philosophy for ages 9 and up.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780711249202
Publication date: 3rd March 2020
Author: Jamia Wilson
Illustrator: Andrea Pippins
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Non-Fiction, Politics & Law, Personal Social Health Economic , Reference Books

About Jamia Wilson

JAMIA WILSON is the executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press. She is a leading voice on feminist and gender justice issues whose words have appeared in and on the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC News, The Today Show, CNN, The Washington Post, Elle, Teen Vogue and more. She's a columnist for Rookie Magazine and has contributed to several books, including Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution. Jamia is an adjunct professor at the John Jay School for Criminal Justice and travels across the U.S. - and beyond - to to talk about race, feminism, leadership and ...

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