Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Kindness with Confucius (Board book)

Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Kindness with Confucius By Duane Armitage, Maureen McQuerry, Robin Rosenthal (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Explore the importance of kindness with the youngest readers in a wonderfully accessible way.

Even little children have big questions about life. Confucius believed always treating people with kindness can make us wise, and Kindness with Confucius brings his philosophy to the youngest thinkers. He believed we should use our own feelings as a guide to how to treat others. We feel good when people are kind to us and should want to make others feel that way. Emphasizing the importance of being in touch with your own emotions in order to be kind to others, this book will lead to inspiring conversations about human dynamics between people of all ages.

Look for all six Big Ideas for Little Philosophers board books: Equality with Simone de Beauvoir, Happiness with Aristotle, Imagination with René Descartes, Kindness with Confucius, Love with Plato, and Truth with Socrates.

About the Author

Dr. Duane Armitage is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The University of Scranton. He is the author of several books on European philosophy, and a popular lecturer who challenges students to think deeply about life's big questions. He believes that conversations about the nature of wisdom and how to live rightly are essential for people of all ages. He lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Maureen McQuerry is an award-winning children's author, poet, and teacher. She is a former middle and high school teacher with a specialty in gifted education and also has a Master's Degree in early education. In 2000 she was awarded the McAuliffe Teaching Fellowship for Washington State. Maureen currently supervises student teachers for Washington State University.

Robin Rosenthal is an illustrator and art director. She grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. You can see more of her work at

Praise For…

“A sweet approach to encouraging meaningful discussions. . . Children are encouraged to use their own feelings as a guide to ‘help others feel the way we like to feel.’. . The authors have managed to distill these teachings on kindness in a simple and accessible manner for child readers. . . and the colorful, friendly, attractive illustrations underscore this idea.“ —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593322956
ISBN-10: 0593322959
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Pages: 22
Language: English
Series: Big Ideas for Little Philosophers