Adult Picture Books as Liminal Spaces: Exploring Some Inventive Invitations to Philosophical Reflection
Introduction: In Thinking Children and Education, Matthew Lipman edited a broad collection of essays from the IAPC journal Thinking. Eva Brann’s essay “Through Phantasia to Philosophy- Review with Reminiscences” opens with the tantalizing challenge to distinguish children’s literature from adult literature. A number of criteria are examined.
- Are children’s books written specifically for children?
- Are children’s stories written exclusively by adults?
- Are they only about children or only children’s books have children featured in them?
- Are there topics that only appear in children’s books?
- Are children’s books always gentle and safe?
- Do only children’s books have pictures?