Thursday, May 24, 2012

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

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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).
• 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 Lower Elementary reading lists (ages 6-9):

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel, Paul O. Zelinsky
  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
  • The Great Animal Search, by Caroline Young
  • The Great Undersea Search, by Kate Needham
  • The Great Dinosaur Search, by Rosie Heywood
  • The Wombles Series, by Elisabeth Beresford
  • Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
  • Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It, by JoAnn Deak

Montessori Preschool Community Reading Lists (ages 3-6)

Montessori Infant Toddler Community Reading Lists (birth - 3)

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. Hi, I would like to recommend the Wombles series written by Elisabeth Beresford. There are 5 books in the series and they were originally written in the late 60s/early 70s. Do not let that put you off. They have recently been re-published and they are as relevant and fun today as when I read them as a child. Also, do not be put off if you have watched the TV series. These books are beautifully written and contain many thought provoking themes. Based in London, England, the Wombles tidy up after human beings. They recycle and reuse, have to move home when a large building project threatens their burrow and have to find alternative food production sources when they find themselves running out of food. The full series sees the Wombles go round the world (great for geography) and work on many an invention. They also have to work together cooperatively and draw on each other's strengths and weaknesses (great for Peace Education). Best of all, they are fun to read and really appeal to this age group. Tania

  2. "Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It"
    Written By JoAnn, Deak
    Illustrated By Sarah Ackerley

    This is an excellent book which teaches children that the more you use your brain and the more you challenge it, the stronger it will be.


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