How Do You Know? is a philosophical picture book that follows the life of an inquisitive eight year old, Julia, as she navigates the course of a seemingly normal school day. After awakening from an all too life-like dream, Julia begins to question the true nature of reality. Enchanted by the nature of such thoughts, Julia resolves to live her day as a sort of detective, attempting to seek out and uncover other such fundamental questions, wherever they may be lurking. Throughout her adventure-filled day she encounters teachers, friends, and situations, which cause her to ponder the world in a way she never had before, dealing with ancient philosophical questions of the nature of knowledge, existence, and ethics. After a long day of such excitement, she falls asleep, not deterred by having found no ultimate answers, but instead enthusiastic about a life filled with such investigations.
As its title indicates, How Do You Know? raises questions and incites curiosity as well as engenders discussion between reader and listener, while at the same time providing an engaging story, with which the six to nine year old target audience can identify. Questions are only raised, never answered. It is my firm belief that this method is more conducive and appropriate for children whose minds are still open to new and exciting ways of thinking. Unlike other picture books, How Do You Know? is also relevant for parents, as each question contained in the book will contain background information and further resources about the prominent thinkers who raised and pondered it.
I have composed the text of the story in English and German as well as illustrated the first page and am currently seeking out a publisher and an illustrator for the rest of the pages. If you are interested in illustrating or publishing How Do You Know?, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.