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If you read my ‘Building a Montessori Friendly Book Collection For Absorbent Minds’ post earlier this week you’ll know I’m no purist when it comes to the Montessori approach to choosing Children’s literature. What I am is mindful about what I choose for Aborbent Minds (Children Under 6) and strive to find a good balance between books that depict real life, with life like illustrations or photographs and books that do not fall into this category but are in fact beautiful works of literature, which are language rich and beautifully illustrated. 
Yesterday we took a trip to our new local library and chose a selection of books I thought were ‘Montessori Friendly’ (depicting real life events with life-like illustrations or photographs; culturally diverse) and also appropriate for an 8 month old (preferably something less destructible like board books; lots of rhyme and repetition) . I thought this would be a good place to review our weekly library selection. So here we go:

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers & Marla Frazee

We have read this book a heap of times already. This book is all about babies everywhere doing similar things in different ways. We both love the illustrations, they’re extremely life-like, culturally diverse and Althea is drawn to all the detail. It is filled with familiar scenarios and there is lots for us to talk about. It has repetition, rhythm and rhyme which are all fantastic for developing those emergent literacy skills. 

Baby Faces: Sleep.

This is a great series of books and this is lovely one to read at bedtime. I love that it has culturally diverse photographs that are focused on faces. These books are great for exposing young babies to different expressions and emotions.

That’s Not My Plane (Usborne touchy-feely books)

The Usborne series of touchy-feely books probably have the most varied textures I have come across and they cover all sorts of topics. The repetition is great and I love the description of the different textures. The illustrations aren’t the most life like but they are not anamorphised (except for the little mouse, which I think we can forgive).

How Many Kisses Good Night? by Jean Monday Thomas and Laura J. Bryant

I think getting a flap book out from the library at this age was a little brave of me, so this one is reserved just for bedtime and kept out of her book basket during the day otherwise I fear we’ll be returning it sans flaps. But I loved the illustrations in this and that under the flaps there are lots of objects Althea is familiar with. The story follows a little girl and her Mummy through her bedtime routine and repeats throughout the phrase ‘How many…’. It’s a lovely little story but I would love a version of this book where it is Daddy doing the bedtime routine, any recommendations?

My Animals by Xavier Deneux

This high contrast black and white board book would be great from birth onwards. The illustrations are very simple and the word is written next to them in lower case letters, which is great as when learning our letters we start with lowercase so early exposure can’t hurt. What I also like about this book is that it has a peek-a-boo hole in each page where you can see a small high contrast image but it also turns out Althea is able to hook her finger into this hole and help with turning the page, which of course she loves.

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear what’s in your book bag this week!

Posted by:Tonicathryn

Hi, I’m Toni, Mother to Althea and former Under 3’s Early Years Educator. Originally from the UK I now live in Singapore. I created this little corner of the internet in order to document and share my passion for Early Childhood Education in the home and a gentle approach to parenting. You can find posts here exploring a number of different educational and parenting philiosophies including Montessori, RIE, Reggio and Waldorf and how I incorporate aspects of these into our home for a child under 3.

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