Reading Lists: Birth to 3

These bedtime stories for preschoolers to 1st graders explore the nighttime world, whether early evening or middle of the night.

These books are appropriate for most Montessori classrooms for children 2 1/2 years to 6 years old (the Children's House); they feature nature, natural life and life cycles, beautiful illustrations or photographs and respectful treatment and inclusion of many cultures and belief systems.

Sharing books, songs and rhymes with your baby every day gives your child what he needs most—time to create a loving bond with you while developing the language skills and building the brain connections necessary for eventual reading success. Even though your baby does not yet understand the words, or focus on the pictures, that’s okay. If you read just a few minutes several times a day and make it fun, he will be looking and listening soon.