The Book of What If...?

From the creators of the What If…? Conference comes a quirky book that encourages kids to explore and engage with the world around them by asking more than eighty wild, absurd, and thought provoking questions.

What if a book didn’t just tell you how to think or what to know, but rather encouraged you to think for yourself? What if there was a book that focused on asking questions instead of just answering them.

The Book of What If…? does just that! What if you lived on a floating city? What if politicians were kids? What if broccoli tasted like chocolate? What if you could explore outer space?

By asking these fun, open-ended questions, this book fosters greater critical thinking skills and gives kids a space to interact by breaking out a notebook to draw or write out their personal reactions, or engage in entertaining exercises with family and friends. Plus, sidebars deepen the investigation with peer-to-peer insights, historical and current profiles, real-life examples, and more, making for unlimited learning opportunities!

Divided into sections—history, people, stuff, and nature—along with four introductory texts to open up a dialogue about why it’s important to be inquisitive and to always ask questions, The Book of What If…? is sure to be a hit with kids, teachers, and parents alike. So ask a question and let the answers lead you on an exciting journey filled with endless opportunities to learn!

Who This Book Is For


Help your kids explore the world on their own


Keep your classroom engaged by promoting curiosity

Humans, Ages 8-12

Little humans can learn the power of active curiosity


Critical Thinking

Each question encourages deep thinking

Empowered Kids

Asking questions empowers our youngest

Wide Perspectives

From technology, philosophy, history, social justice, literature, and more, your child will expand their viewpoints

The Book of What If...?

Questions & Activities for Curious Minds

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Matt Murrie & Andrew R McHugh

Beyond Words / Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster