Big Questions for Young Minds: Extending Children’s Thinking

September 6, 2018 - 1 minute read

By Janis Strasser & Lisa Mufson Bresson

This user-friendly book provides the reader with a great deal of information about asking rich, thoughtful questions that can encourage children’s curiosity, extend vocabulary, and provide great conversations with young children.  The authors have based their “big” questions on Bloom’s Taxonomy that are appropriate for children ages 3 through 6 years-old.  The authors have divided the book into 4 sections: Interest Areas, Routines and Transitions, Other Areas, and Resources for Teachers and Families.  The authors and other expert contributors have provided information related to each chapter.  There are examples of questions at the end of each chapter that covers the different levels of questions.  There are two pages with tips for teachers that can be photocopied to use in the classroom.  This book also has great ideas for parents when asking their children about their day and other events.  The book will assist teachers in being more intentional when asking higher-level questions during their conversations with preschoolers.

Reviewed by: Sherial McKinney