Montessori friendly books about the Rainforest

Feb 12, 2021 - Books , Recommendations - By Carine Robin

Our February Montessori box is all about the Rainforest.

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Most children are fascinated by the Jungle and exotic animals. My son has loved learning about the Rainforest from an early age. He is now 8 and still enjoys learning even more complex information about the Rainforest and how to protect it.

Here a selection of our favourite books about the Rainforest. We have included some books about "chocolate" as you may want to explain that the cocoa tree is from South and Central America.

Rainforest books for toddlers and preschoolers

Animal babies in rainforests

Everything I like. Real pictures and baby animals!

Animal Babies in Rainforests (Animal Babies S.)

Pop-up Jungle

I like any Ubsorne books, this one shows a range of exotic animals with pop up pages. Perfect for toddlers.

Pop-Up Jungle (Pop-Ups)

Jungle sounds

I say yes to a few sounds books. Not too many though as it can be quickly overwhelming!

Jungle Sounds (Sound Books)

Pop up Jungle

Retro illustration and a sturdy board book about jungle animals.

Pop-up Jungle

A is for Anaconda

Beautiful illustration and very informative text for each page. The info might be a bit advanced for a toddler.

[A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet (Alphabet-Science & Nature)] [By: Fredericks, Anthony D] [April, 2009]

National Geographic - Explore my world - Rainforests

Real pictures and simple explanation

Rain Forests (Explore My World)

Little kids first big book about the rainforest

Also from National Geographic and more advanced that the previous one.

Little Kids First Big Book of the Rain Forest (National Geographic Kids)

More or less, a rainforest counting book

Simple text and color photos introduce plants and animals found in the rain forest while explaining basic concepts of addition and subtraction

More or Less: A Rain Forest Counting Book (A+ Books)

We're roaming through the Rainforest

I love all the books written by Laurie Krebs for Barefoot books. They are informative and beautifully illustrated.

We're Roaming in the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure

Secret of the Rainforest

Shine a light book. We have one shine through book about the body. My son loves to use a light to discover what is hidden on each page.

Secrets of the Rainforest: A Shine-a-Light Book: 1 (Shine-A Light Books)

Rainforest books for older children

Let's read and find out - In the rainforest

Presented like an adventure through the rainforest. Plenty of facts. We like any books from this collection.

In the Rainforest (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Unfolding journeys Amazon Adventure

Amazon adventure. Full of info and little details! My son loves this kind of books when he has to read all the details, facts and it goes in all direction.

Unfolding Journeys Amazon Adventure 1 (Lonely Planet Kids)

The rainforest grew all around

What is the rainforest is told like a story and there is an educational section at the end.

The Rainforest Grew All Around (Arbordale Collection)

One day in the tropical rainforest - Chapter book

Today is doomsday for a young Venezuelan Indian boy's beloved rain forest and its animal life--unless he and a visiting naturalist can save it.

One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest (Trophy Chapter Books (Paperback))

Yara's tawari tree - chapter book

Yara lives with her Mama in the lush Amazon jungle. She wants to rescue her beloved but increasingly besieged rainforest home. When Yara falls gravely ill, the forest returns the love and saves Yara's life.

Yara's Tawari Tree (Yara's Rainforest)

The rainforest ecosystem

With real pictures. Learn all about the ecosystem of the rainforest, Earth's oldest living ecosystem. Understand the characteristics of a rainforest, where they are located and how old some of them are. Examine the plant and animal life in a rainforest, and determine why they are important.

The Rainforest Ecosystem | Kids' Earth Science Book Grade 4 | Children's Environment Books

Books about where Chocolate comes from:

We have these two:

Bean to chocolate

In this one, it shows the process as done in West Africa.

Beans to Chocolate (Where Food Comes from)

Chocolate from bean to bar

I prefer this one as it also includes some info about the Maya people.

Chocolate: from Bean to Bar: Band 12/Copper (Collins Big Cat)

The great Kapok tree

This book has its own section. It was recommending to me when I did my yoga training for children. I use it in conjunction with a Rainforest Yoga theme. It is so beautifully illustrated!

"Exhausted from his labours, a man chopping down a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rain forest puts down his axe, and, as he sleeps, the animals who live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their world. The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture book The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (1990). One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree"

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (Rise and Shine)

Have you read any of those books? Do you have any other rainforest books to recommend? Leave a comment!

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About the Author: Carine Robin is a qualified and experienced Montessori teacher and founder of The Montessori Family. With over 15 years of experience, Carine offers a blend of professional insight and personal understanding as a mother of two and qualified child psychologist. Inspired by the success of her Montessori subscription box, she created The Montessori Family to provide a comprehensive resource for parents and teachers globally. This platform aims to support child growth and well-being through curated educational activities. Additionally, Carine maintains the UK's most popular Montessori blog and administers the largest Montessori UK Facebook group, making her a central figure in the Montessori community.

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