Our Favourite Books for Montessori Toddlers

The Montessori toddler classroom is always filled with fantastic learning opportunities. Book Corner is a fascinating place for little ones where they can spend a great deal of time looking through illustrations and making meaning of the pictures connecting them with their personal experience. Children need books as sensory and information resources to build vocabulary and understand concepts that are part of their world.

Reading to toddlers is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences for parents and children alike. Not only does it promote bonding and emotional connection between the two, but it also helps to develop a child’s language and cognitive skills. By reading to toddlers, parents can expose them to new vocabulary and concepts, spark their imagination, and instill a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s a classic children’s book or a favorite bedtime story, reading to toddlers is a simple yet powerful way to create lasting memories and promote early childhood development.

As a parent, finding the perfect books for toddlers can be a challenging task. However, there are many excellent options available that can help promote language development, encourage a love of reading, and spark their imaginations.

However, most importantly books provide valuable opportunities for adults to spend one-on-one time with their children. This 15-minute daily habit is a perfect way to establish great interaction and bond with the child. It is a way to find out what your child loves the most, their favorite color, what excites them, and what terrifies them.

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We enjoy a variety of books that present a variety of concepts, shapes, and numbers, which are realistic and clear. I would like to share with you our collection of books that I found especially appealing for children ages 1-3 – toddlers. Many have thick cardboard pages that are perfect for little ones; many contain realistic photographs of objects, they are interactive, foster creativity, and describe the world the child is a part of presenting familiar and straightforward concepts.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury. This book is a beloved classic. Children particularly enjoy spotting small details in illustrations on each page as it takes them on an adventure with a family and their dog to catch a bear. This book makes it easy for children to read to adults. They love hearing it over and over again and later retelling the story in their own words. Other books by Helen Oxenbury can be found here.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. The simplicity of this book makes it very appealing and fun to read. Children are encouraged to identify the different shapes that surround them.
My Big Book of Everything by Roger Priddy – This is a great book that helps build vocabulary. It is divided into topics and groups – very engaging and great for short reading sessions with toddlers. It encourages them to talk and name objects, animals, and places they see, and learn new words. The photographic pictures are self-explanatory and colorful.  You really can’t go wrong with offering any of Roger Priddy’s books to your toddler. They are all amazing!

At My House (Lift-the-Flap Shadow Books) by Roger Priddy – Another excellent book for developing vocabulary with photographs and matching shadows.

Farm (Look and Say Board Books) by Jo Litchfield – This board book with soft colors teaches children about farmyards and farm animals. Pictures are labeled which is perfect for improving word recognition skills. More amazing books edited by Jo can be found here.

Slide and Seek Animals by Roger Priddy – Young children are fascinated with animals. Every page contains a handful of different creatures and a short quiz. This book requires some interaction which brings a lot of joy to young readers.

Baby’s First Sounds Board book by Hinkler Books – This is perfect for the youngest ones. The photos are large and very clear, each picture has the corresponding label of the sound.

God Loves You (Peek-a-Boo Promises series) Board book by Michelle Medlock Adams – My daughter has an extraordinary place in her heart for this book. Illustrations catch a child’s attention right away, and all the concepts are easy for little ones to grasp. It’s a sweet book that helps children understand how tremendous and broad God’s unconditional love is for them.

Big and Little by Margaret Miller – Ideal addition to Montessori home and classroom library. Simple phrases for little ones to learn and comprehend one at a time. It has a collection of photographs from everyday life children can easily recognize and relate to. I believe every single book by Margaret Miller is a must-have in Montessori Toddler Classroom.

Messy (Very First Picture Book) Board book by Nicola Tuxworth – There are so many ways for children to get messy. Many young kids do not feel comfortable getting their hands dirty. This book encourages children to get messy and have some fun!

My First Book About Me (Baby Face) by Teresa Culkin-Lawrence – The main advantage of this book – is the gorgeous and delightful illustrations. It teaches children about four different senses and organs that help them to learn and discover the world around them.

Eco People on the Go! (Teenie Greenies) Board book by Jan Gerardi – Interactive book for little ones with flipping pages. Children learn simple words and about all sorts of ways, and people can get active outside. The whole collection of the author is wonderful!

Noisy by Shirley Hughes – This book is delightful with gorgeous and realistic illustrations. It provides a just-right amount of new words and vocabulary for little ones. My children request to read it over and over again.

Lifesize Animal Counting Book by DK Publishing – You probably can notice how worn out this book is. This is because it is very popular with my children. The photographs are beautiful, they teach children about all sorts of animals and allow them to compare their sizes. This book is a bit tricky to find new for some reason. We got it from the second-hand baby market. Here is another book with a similar concept –  Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual-Size Animal Encyclopedia.

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.