I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Anyone who follows us on Instagram knows I have a love affair (read addiction) with good quality children’s books.
So, why not showcase our latest finds once a week, on a day where maybe you can grab a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy what we’ve discovered.
Montessori friendly books are no different in criteria than any other Montessori material. They are good quality, beautiful and for the most part reality based.
I decided that the best Montessori friendly books published in 2015 would be a good place to start, and so, here they are:
- Butterfly Park by Elly McKay
Her art is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen for children’s picture books and she’s Canadian. I love books that speak to a child’s ability to change their environment by including nature.
- Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler
A boys bland and ordinary pond has no bottom. “How extraordinary! Cried Ernest D.” Adventure, in the everyday ordinary with some nerdy prose. Oh yes. This was a hit right away.
- The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth by Chris Burkard
This is our favourite and I’ve written about its brillance before. It amazing, mindful and perfect for every age.
- Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman
A beautiful science book. It follows its predecessor Farm Anatomy, and the illustrations are spectacular. It will have a place on our bookshelf for years to come.
This is was published in October, and I’m so glad. We have Fox’s Garden and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this. Her books are wordless and centred around a child’s compassion. This time it’s the love between too sisters. The cut paper dioramas are stunning.
- Home by Carson Ellis
This has been on our shelves for a while too. I love the simplicity of it and of course the artwork. Take home message: home is different things to different people but it is always where the heart is.
There was one that despite all my efforts didn’t make it in time. The distributor has promised to send a new copy out, so I will continue to wait.
This one will be well worth the wait I think.
So that’s it. If you have any good suggestions let me know. Opening a child’s world to books has such a fundamental and lasting impression on them. Collections don’t need to be big. Public libraries, thrift stores, and friends book swaps are easy places to score great finds.