Best Montessori Books for Toddlers

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions: This is a board book that introduces the 6 basic facial expressions (happy, sad, angry, surprised, silly, and sleepy) using real images of babies.

Baby’s Feelings: A First Book of Emotions: This board book is similar to the Making Faces above, but it includes a wider option of images and feelings/expressions.

My First ABC, My First 123, and My First Colors: These board books by DK are a great collection to have for your baby or toddler. When possible, Montessori-aligned books should show real images as opposed to illustrations. These board books are a great choice for your baby or toddler to begin recognizing images, words, numbers, and colors.

Wiggles: The Wiggles book encourages toddlers to run their fingers along its bright, colorful zigzags and swoops. Because Wiggles incorporates a multisensory effect with both spoken word pages and the kinetic activity of tracing the shapes. This book nurtures toddlers on several levels of development.

The Babies and Doggies Book: This board book explores similar actions shared by babies and puppies. It is written with rhyming verses and illustrated with beautiful photographs featuring multiple dog breeds and a diverse cast of babies.

Hands Can: This rhyming book explores all the different things that little hands are capable of and encourages children to explore the world around them.

Baby Up, Baby Down: A First Book of Opposites: This board book introduces sets of opposites using photographs of babies and young children.

Who Lives Here? Forest: This lift a flap board book explores forest animals and habitats. Children will learn to identify different animals as well as nature sports such as trees, ponds, caves, etc.

First Experiences by Mr. Rogers: These wonderful books from Mr. Rogers help toddlers understand some significant life events for a toddler. They include:

Going to School: A Toddler Prep Book: This book helps your little one learn what they’ll actually see and experience at school, featuring actual photos and simple, easy-to-understand language.

Jack Goes to Montessori School: Jack’s story is a child-friendly introduction to the Montessori learning methods, the structure of a Montessori classroom, and the excitement a Montessori student feels to be engaged in his own learning.

Plant and Grow by John Deere Kids: Introduce your little one to the wonderful world of farming with this adorable and sturdy board book. John Deere has several other great farm and tractor books as well.

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Stacy Jones

When I became a foster mother, I started researching different parenting and education ideas. Learning about the Montessori Method has been intriguing and fascinating, and I have enjoyed watching the little ones in my life learn and grow from incorporating Montessori elements into our family's lifestyle. Montessori For Today was started to provide answers to my own questions, which will hopefully become a great resource for others to learn about the Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, and how you can incorporate elements of Montessori into your own home and lifestyle.

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