Why Our Books?

Our books explore answers to some of the hardest questions children will ever ask.

“I particularly like the way it looks at the question from the perspective, not only of the main religions but also as a scientific issue. I am looking forward to the next one in the series! It seems to me to be a book that is asking for a discussion to accompany it.  Using it in a classroom or assembly would generate a discussion about cultural differences, which form an important part of our teaching and the girl’s learning about tolerance and acceptance and the views of others.”

This testimonial is the opinion of Mrs Gerstein and not the official position of NLCS.

Mrs Gerstein

Head of the First School, North London Collegiate School

“It looks like a wonderful venture, and your pulling together of these atavistic threads through so many different cultures is a remarkable achievement…the overall impression is truly inspiring. It deserves the widest audience.”

James Kidner, Founder

Co-Exist

What are dreams for? Why do I have to go to school? Do aliens exist? Where do we go when we’re dead? How are babies made? Or just plain old: Why?

You know those huge questions kids ask? The ones that make you reach for the nearest washing up brush rather than field an inadequate answer? (The ‘brush- off’).

Well, our books have a go at answering some of the hardest questions your children will ever ask. (OK, you can answer the one on how babies are made for yourselves!)

So you can forget the ‘fob-off’ and keep your instinctive philosophers curious and eager to widen their perspective and broaden their knowledge.

And we’re doing it differently.  Not with a factual, textbook, google-able approach but through adventure stories in richly illustrated large format picture books. Embedded with independent, creative and critical thinking opportunities.

The Key to Critical Thinking is to QUESTION

What can our kids gain from learning to think critically?  The answer is easy: immense skills for life. They can learn:

  • The ability to reach an informed decision
  • Self awareness and resilience
  • Enthusiasm for problem solving
  • Compassion, empathy and tolerance
  • Flexibility of thought
  • Greater confidence articulating their thoughts in public
  • A move away from COMFORT THINKING (It’s true cos I saw it on the internet/tv/my friend told me)
  • Questioning more improves the quality of their own writing

Perhaps best of all, our books help children retain their sense of Wonder about the World. Perplexity and awe are our friends…

Some thoughts about thinking:

“Progress is impossible without change; those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein

“The role of fiction is to create imaginary worlds which readers love to inhabit and push them to think more deeply about their own worlds and lives.” Salman Rushdie

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell

“Scientists learn to be self-critical and question their assumptions.” Bill Gates

“It looks like a wonderful venture, and your pulling together of these atavistic threads through so many different cultures is a remarkable achievement…the overall impression is truly inspiring. It deserves the widest audience.”

James Kidner, Founder

Co-Exist

“I particularly like the way it looks at the question from the perspective, not only of the main religions but also as a scientific issue. I am looking forward to the next one in the series! It seems to me to be a book that is asking for a discussion to accompany it.  Using it in a classroom or assembly would generate a discussion about cultural differences, which form an important part of our teaching and the girl’s learning about tolerance and acceptance and the views of others.”

This testimonial is the opinion of Mrs Gerstein and not the official position of NLCS.

Mrs Gerstein

Head of the First School, North London Collegiate School

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