Thursday, May 24, 2012

Montessori Preschool Community Reading Lists (ages 3-6)

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Welcome Montessori educators, administrators, parents and grandparents. Do you have some favorite children’s books that you would like to share with your Montessori community? North American Montessori Center is encouraging you to write a comment and add your favorites to our Reading Lists. This is a great way to share helpful information and give us some insight as to why you like a particular book or books.  

Participating is Easy!

• Comment on this article, including the book title and author.
• Include the age group that it is best suited for (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, or 9-12).
• Indicate whether it is fiction or non-fiction.
• If you wish, add one or two sentences to tell us why you enjoy this book.

We will keep updating this list to include your contributions, so feel free to add yours whenever you wish. 

Montessori Recommended Preschool/Kindergarten Reading Lists (ages 3-6):

  • A House for Hermit Crab, by Eric Carle
  • From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle
  • The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle
  • The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon, by Eric Carle
  • A Color of His Own, by Leo Lionni
  • Frederick, by Leo Lionni
  • Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni
  • Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni
  • Swimmy, by Leo Lionni
  • The Earth Book, by Todd Parr
  • The Feelings Book, by Todd Parr
  • The Peace Book, by Todd Parr
  • Can You Say Peace?, by Karen Katz
  • Daddy Hugs, by Karen Katz
  • Mommy Hugs, by Karen Katz
  • The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz
  • Toes, Ears & Nose, by Karen Katz
  • Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Lois Ehlert
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert
  • Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert
  • Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert
  • Belly Button Book, by Sandra Boynton
  • Pajama Time, by Sandra Boynton
  • Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
  • Barbara Reid books
  • Beatrix Potter books
  • Busy, Busy Town, by Richard Scarry
  • Carl’s Birthday, by Alexandra Day
  • Corduroy,  by Don Freeman
  • Crabby Crab, by Ruth I. Howard, Helen Downing Hunter
  • Dr. Seuss books,  by Theodor Geisel
  • Elmer, by David McKee
  • Emily’s Out And About, by Cindy P. Senning
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster!, by Ed Emberley
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
  • Mercer Mayer's Little Critter series
  • Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Our Peaceful Classroom, by Aline D. Wolf
  • Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, by Douglas Wood
  • Robert Munsch books
  • Ten Flashing Fireflies, by Philemon Sturgess
  • The Foxwood Treasury, by Cynthia and Brian Paterson
  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
  • The Gruffalo, by Julie Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • The Gruffalo's Child, by Julie Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • The Jolly Postman, by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
  • The Snowy Day, by Erza Jack Keats
  • The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
  • The Water Hole, by Graeme Base
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, William Nicholson
  • When Sophie Gets Angry… Really, Really Angry, by Molly Bang

Montessori Infant Toddler Community Reading Lists (ages 0-3)

Montessori Lower Elementary Community Reading Lists (ages 6-9)

Montessori Upper Elementary Community Reading Lists (ages 9-12)
As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, May 24, 2012.


  1. I don't know how very Montessorian this is, but I always loved Noni the Christmas Reindeer (1979) by Daphne Doward Hogstrom (for ages 3-6, but I still leaf through my copy every now and then). When Noni was told that she's too small to pull the sleigh, she put her speed to good use, as she was the fastest reindeer in the North Pole, and collected as many toys as she could for Santa. She didn't pout or run away; she put her skill to good use. The book appears to be out of print, but you can find copies of it on Amazon.

    As an aside, this also gave me and my classmates the idea that Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen were all female, despite the 1964 portrayal of the sleigh team.


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