Montessori Christmas books

Here is our collection of Christmas books. I try to find books that don't mention Santa and are reality-based to follow the Montessori principles. (If you want to read more about fantasy and reality in books, check this blog post)

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • that’s not my reindeer (not pictured but interesting too: that’s not my donkey, that’s not my snowman)
  • Susie celebrates Christmas by a local author
  • Drawing, doodling and colouring for Christmas
  • Advent calendar to colour: I bought those 2 Usborne Christmas books 3 years ago and we still use them!
  • Mog’s Christmas (a reference to Father Christmas but he is not pictured)
  • Alfie’s Christmas (a reference to Father Christmas)
  • The Shortest Day: my favourite so far, probably more for children 5 and older. There are activities to do to understand the solstices.
  • Winter: wordless book (I’m planning to buy the 3 others in the series: Spring, Summer, and Autumn)
  • Snow: the poem from Walter Delamare is beautiful, the illustrations, mainly in black, white, and red are beautiful too. However, I was very disappointed that they managed to add 2 full pages about Santa Claus. That part could have been skipped as the poem is about the snow!
  • The mitten (we also have the hat from the same author). I use this book as a support for many activities and even yoga sessions!

And you? What are you reading to your children?


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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.