Books We Love

These are our favorites out of those which we have read or are reading.  I am sure they will grow and change as we do. Clicking on the picture will bring you to the amazon page for the product!

Most of these are Montessori friendly (i.e. about the real world, not fantasy), some are a judgment call (are personified animals, such as Winnie-the-Pooh, too fantastical?) I have starred the ones that are definitely fantasy based and you would not find in a Montessori classroom (but we love them anyway!)

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Favorite Baby Books


Global Babies (the first of a series by The Global Fund for Children; both my babies have loved them)


The Belly Button Book, by Sandra Boynton (and other books by Sandra Boynton)


In the Garden with Monet (and others in the Mini Masters Series)


You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie, by Amy E. Sklansky

Favorite Picture Books


Mossy by Jan Brett (everything by Jan Brett is beautiful!)


Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney


An Egg is Quiet by Diana Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long (this is part of a series, which are all fantastic)


Pelle’s New Suit, Elsa Beskow (her books are beautiful)


Peter in Blueberry Land*, Elsa Beskow


Weaving the Rainbow, by George Ella Lyon


Planting the Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert


Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty


By the Light of the Harvest Moon*, by Harriet Ziefert


Room on the Broom*, by Julia Donaldson


Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon


Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen


The Mitten, Jan Brett (a classic! She has so many great winter tales.)

Favorite Read-Alouds


James Herriot’s Treasury for Children


The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne

Poetry


A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson


Classic Poems to Read Aloud, Selected by James Berry


Around the Year, by Elsa Beskow

Art/Artist Study


Linnea in Monet’s Garden, by Christina Bjork


Michelangelo by Diane Stanley

Numbers


Turtle Splash:Countdown at the Pond, by Cathryn Falwell


Baby Bear Counts One, by Ashley Wolff


1 is One, by Tasha Tudor (Beautiful pictures and it goes up to 20, while most only go to 10)


Look Whooo’s Counting, by Suse Macdonald

Nature/Science


The Burgess Bird Book for Children, by Thornton W. Burgess (this is also a great early read-aloud as it has short chapters and great descriptions)


The Wolves Are Back, by Jean Craighead George, Illustrated by Wendell Minor (About the Wolves returning to Yellowstone and how life is interconnected)


Animalium: Welcome to the Museum, by Jenny Broom


The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest, and Most Surprising Animals on Earth, by Steve Jenkins


How to Be a Dinosaur Hunter, by Lonely Planet (K likes to read a couple pages each night before bed)

Favorite Audiobooks & Stories


Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery (we enjoy many of the Classical Kids stories)


Orchestra, Peter Ustinov & Mark Rubin


Peter and the Wolf

Arabian Nights, Told by Jim Weiss (anything by Jim Weiss is amazing. We have listened to all the Jim Weiss audiobooks we could find at our library, and we have loved them all. Arabian Nights was my favorite.)

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