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Highlands Montessori Favorite Books

Choosing Books Through a Montessori Lens:

Many people believe that children are most interested in fantastical stories.  This couldn’t be further from the truth!  To a young child, the whole world is so new and exciting that a child is just as interested in reading about a real panda that lives in Asia as they are about reading a fantasy story about dragons or fairies.  In fact, children tend to like relatable stories most of all!  We choose interesting non-fiction or reality-based fiction books with beautiful illustrations and a rich vocabulary.

Daily Life

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

A River by Marc Martin

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

Ask Me by Bernard Waber

Blackout by John Rocco

Dress Up and Let's Have a Party by Remy Charlip

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos Irvine

Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai

Feel Better Daddy: A Story About Empathy by Nancy Loewen

Float by Daniel Miyares

Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen

Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson

How To by Julie Morstad

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham

Hey, Cat! By Ezra Jack Keats

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

I Had a Favorite Hat by Boni Ashburn

Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead

Jessica's Box by Peter Carnavas

Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Maple and Willow Apart by Lori Nichols

Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Now by Antoinette Portis

On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey

Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

Sing a Song of People by Lois Lenski

Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake

The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen

The Balcony by Melissa Castrillon

The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Julie Morstad

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Today by Julie Morstad

Up! by Kristine O'Connell George

Wet by Carey Sookocheff

What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? by Virginie Morgand

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Windows by Julia Denos

Walk This World by Jenny Broom

Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Babies and Families


A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary

Babies Can Sleep Anywhere by Lisa Wheeler

Baby Day by Jane Godwin

Cinnamon Baby by Nicola Winstanley

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers

Hooray for Babies! by Susan Meyers

Little Big Girl by Claire Keane

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

Maple by Lori Nichols

Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano

One Family by George Shannon

One Special Day by Lola Schaefer

Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Pots and Pans by Patricia Hubbell

Side by Side: A Celebration of Dads by Chris Raschka

When I Was Born by Isabel Minhós Martins

You are New by Lucy Knisley



And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Around the Town All Year Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner

At the Beach by Anne Rockwell

First Snow by Bomi Park

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Little Pear Tree by Rachel Williams

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Meesner

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Rain by Robert Kalan

Rain! by Linda Ashman

Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kater Messner

Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Peggy Lee

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

Holidays and Celebrations

Apple Cake: A Gratitude by Dawn Casey

Dia De Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Maple and Willow's Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Britta Teckentrup

Walk This World At Christmastime by Debbie Powell

Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser

When's My Birthday by Julie Fogliano



A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

A Dog Day by Emily Rand

A Greyhound and a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Beastly Babies by Ellen Jackson

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek

Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka

Dogs by Emily Gravett

Fabian Escapes by Peter McCarty

Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

In the Meadow by Yukiko Kato

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Little Honeybee by Katie Haworth

Moonlight by Helen V. Griffith

My Dog Spot by Jack E. Levin

No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets

Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson

Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki

Wating for Wings by Lois Ehlert

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury

Hobbies and Special Interests

Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jake at Gymnastics by Rachel Isadora

Lily Brown's Paintings by Angela Johnson

Max by Rachel Isadora

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed A Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy

Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone

Saturday is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum

The Toolbox by Anne and Harlow Rockwell




Airplanes by Byron Barton

Along a Long Road by Frank Viva

Bus Stops by Taro Gomi

Construction by Sally Sutton

Demolition by Sally Sutton

Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Roadwork by Sally Sutton

School Bus by Donald Crews

Transportation by Alain Grée

Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman

Trucks Go by Steve Light

Food and Cooking

Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris

Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola

Soup Day by Melissa Iwai

The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson

Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni by Marilyn Sadler

Science, Geography and Cultural


A Rock is Lively by Dianna Aston

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

An Island Grows by Lola Schaefer

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris

Houses and Homes by Ann Morris

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes by Ann Morris

This is My House by Arthur Dorros

Trees by Lemniscates

Water and Land by Christy Hale

You Are Light by Aaron Becker

Zoo-ology by Emmanuelle Grundmann

Early Learning Concepts

1,2,3 Dream by Kim Krans

Almost Everything by Joelle Jolivet

Before After by Matthias Arégui

Can You Count to a Googol? by Robert E. Wells

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thong

How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller

I Know Numbers by Taro Gomi

In by Nikki McClure

Red is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong

Round by Joyce Sidman

Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong

Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong

The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup

Where Did They Go? by Emily Bornoff

Where's the Baby? by Britta Teckentrup

Where's the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup




Coco Chanel: Little People, Big Dreams by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

David Bowie: Little People, Big Dreams by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Reneé Watson

Maria Montessori: Little People, Big Dreams by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Muhammad Ali: Little People, Big Dreams by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo & Jaqueline Tourville

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

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