A Book on Humanism for Kids

By Paul Heffron

When we were in Florida in January, my wife, Peg, went to a garage sale and snapped up a colorful paperback book in mint condition for a dollar. The book is Humanism, What’s That? A Book for Curious Kids (Prometheus Books, 2005) by Helen Bennett. The author has impressive academic and professional credentials and does an excellent job of presenting humanism for kids ages 10 and up.

Bennett uses a dialogue method in which the kids in a classroom ask questions and the teacher answers on their level. For example, it starts with news that a classmate has been hospitalized for serious injuries and a pupil suggests that they all pray together for her. That, of course, starts a discussion. The book also includes some poetry, activities that the kids can do, and discussion questions. Also included are some recommended books for older youth.