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Thinking in Stories: Reviewing Philosophy in Children’s Literature

Since 1979, Thinking in Stories has provided reviews of children’s and young adult literature containing philosophical perplexities ripe for inter-generational dialogue. The column was created by the late American philosopher Gareth B. Matthews, who initiated the study of philosophy in children’s literature. In his role as contributing editor for Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children, Matthews wrote 58 Thinking in Stories reviews between 1979 and 2006. The was continued by Dr. Peter Shea and became a weblog in 2020. Reviews by others are occasionally printed in the column; those interested in contributing a review should request a style guide by sending an email to

Copyright for Thinking in Stories reviews published in the IAPC journal Thinking (1979-2014) is held by the IAPC and requests for reprint permissions should be sent to Copyright for reviews published on this weblog (since 2020) is held by Dr. Peter Shea and requests for reprint permissions should be sent to

Reviews Alphabetical by Title

Reviews Alphabetical by Author