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Best Books for Young Skeptics

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What about Gods? (Skeptic's Bookshelf Series)
What about Gods? (Skeptic's Bookshelf Series)
"Introduction to atheism, one of the very few available for younger children."
Sasquatches from Outer Space : Exploring the Weirdest Mysteries Ever
Sasquatches from Outer Space : Exploring the Weirdest Mysteries Ever
"Critical examination of the arguments for the existence of Big Foot, etc."
How Do You Know It's True?
How Do You Know It's True?
"Introduction to critical thinking for young adults or advanced younger readers."
Humanism, What's That?: A Book for Curious Kids
Humanism, What's That?: A Book for Curious Kids
"A conversation between Mrs. Green, a science teacher, and her students forms the basis of this thoughtful work. Starting with the historic concept of separation of church and state, the curious youngsters' insistent questions lead to a conversation of philosophic issues."
Alexander Fox and the Amazing Mind Reader
Alexander Fox and the Amazing Mind Reader
"Fiction dealing with critical thinking and miraculous claims. Skeptical young Alexander Fox sets out to debunk a psychic's claims."
Flat Earth? Round Earth?
Flat Earth? Round Earth?
"Fiction about believing in something despite all evidence. The main character must prove that the Earth is round to another character who stubbornly insists it is flat."
Maybe Yes, Maybe No
Maybe Yes, Maybe No
"Introduction to skepticism for younger readers."
Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong
Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong
"This book addresses morality and ethics and making moral choices."
The Little Book of Big Questions
The Little Book of Big Questions
"Though the book takes something of a wishy-washy stance on the subject of deities, the thought-provoking questions included are sure to stimulate young minds."
The Evolution Book
The Evolution Book
"There's a wealth of scientific information here, much of it quite complex. This book is best for middle school or advanced upper elementary readers. Lots of interesting activities complement the text."
Bringing Ufos Down to Earth (Young Readers (New York, N.Y.).)
Bringing Ufos Down to Earth (Young Readers (New York, N.Y.).)
"Critical examination of UFOS, abductions and other claims involving aliens from outer space."
The Usborne Book of World Religions (World Religions (Usborne))
The Usborne Book of World Religions (World Religions (Usborne))
"A nice, balanced resource with plenty of information on world religions. It also includes a blurb on atheism, agnosticism & humanism and doesn't shy away from mentioning negative impacts of religion."
How Whales Walked Into the Sea
How Whales Walked Into the Sea
"Traces the evolution of whales in a picture book format, making it more appropriate for younger children than 'The Evolution Book' mentioned above."
The Tree Of Life: The Wonders Of Evolution
The Tree Of Life: The Wonders Of Evolution
"Introduction to evolution, also in a picture-book format. Would be a good companion book for 'How Whales Walked Into the Sea' for younger readers."
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
"Included for its naturalistic, nonmystical view of death. It mentions that nothing lives forever and every living thing has a lifetime of only so many years."
A Solstice Tree for Jenny (Search for the Future)
A Solstice Tree for Jenny (Search for the Future)
"While few secular families eschew the holidays as Jenny's family does, this picture book presents an alternative point of view and affirms children whose parents desire a totally secular holiday."
The Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice
"Customs, science, history, and folklore behind the Winter Solstice. Also check out Jackson's companion books for the Spring and Fall Equinoxes and the Summer Solstice."
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
"This picture book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history."
Illustrated Book of Myths
Illustrated Book of Myths
"Wonderful myths from many diverse cultures! Although the biblical god is not included in any of them, freethinking parents can point out the sheer number of other deities people used to believe in."
Young Person's Guide to Philosophy
Young Person's Guide to Philosophy
"Introduces over twenty-five of the world's greatest philosophers and presents a simple version of the tenets of philosophy."
Test Your Science IQ
Test Your Science IQ
"Hundreds of addictive questions and answers covering both science and pseudoscience. For young adults and advanced younger readers."
George's Secret Key to the Universe
George's Secret Key to the Universe
"Follows the adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore such mysteries as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist."
You Are a Star!
You Are a Star!
"A young girl takes a trip from her bedroom into the sky, past the moon, and through the universe, learning that she is made of stars."
How Come?
How Come?
"For every kid who really wants to know, here is a lively collection of explanations to the most frequently asked questions about our world."
Wonder-Workers!
Wonder-Workers!
"Critical examination of miraculous claims."
Four Corners of the Sky: Creation Stories and Cosmologies from Around the World
Four Corners of the Sky: Creation Stories and Cosmologies from Around the World
"Creation stories for older readers introduce 16 cosmologies from ancient cultures, including Maori, Egyptian, Greek, Hebrew, Inca, Jain, Desana Indian, Haitian, Iroquois, Fon, Chumash, and Chinese."
Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates
Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates
"A biography of Socrates, a philosopher and teacher in ancient Greece who held that wisdom comes from questioning ideas and values rather than simply accepting what is passed on by parents and teachers."
Nibbling on Einstein's Brain: The Good, the Bad and the Bogus in Science
Nibbling on Einstein's Brain: The Good, the Bad and the Bogus in Science
"Swanson offers analysis and many, many examples of vague theories, poor logic, badly designed experiments, biased scientific spokespersons, wild advertising claims, and irresponsible journalism."
The Philosophers' Club
The Philosophers' Club
"Introduction to Philosophy and other big questions for younger children, sure to inspire lots of thought."
Big Bang: The Story of the Universe
Big Bang: The Story of the Universe
"Explores the Big Bang theory of how the universe may have begun."
Gullible's Travels
Gullible's Travels
"An audio book for younger listeners about Gullible, a man who believes everything he hears."
Creation
Creation
"Creation myths presented in picture book format. This collection is well-suited to reading aloud and is the only book I've seen where the biblical account is given equal weight with other myths."
The Magic Detectives: Join Them in Solving Strange Mysteries
The Magic Detectives: Join Them in Solving Strange Mysteries
"30 mysteries encourage readers to think for themselves before the solution is offered. Historical ghost incidents, Mummy’s Curse, UFO creatures, Holy shroud, Loch Ness, and more"
Just Pretend: A Freethought Book for Children
Just Pretend: A Freethought Book for Children
"Introduction to freethought."