Montessori friendly books 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

1: Animal babies in rainforests: all I like, real pictures and baby animals!

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

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

4: Pop up Jungle: Retro illustration and a sturdy board book about jungle animals.

5.: A is for Anaconda: beautiful illustration and very informative text for each page. The info might be a bit advanced for a toddler. 

6:  National Geographic - Explore my world - Rainforests: Real pictures and simple explanation

7: Little kids first big book about the rainforest: also from National Geographic and more advanced that the previous one.

8: 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

9. We're roaming through the Rainforest: I love all the books written by Laurie Krebs for Barefoot books. They are informative and beautifully illustrated. 

10: 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. 

Rainforest books for older children

11: 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.

12: Unfolding journeys: 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.

13: The rainforest grew all around: what is the rainforest is told like a story and there is an educational section at the end. 

14: 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.

15: 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.

16: 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.

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.

Chocolate from bean to bar: I prefer this one as it also includes some info about the Maya people

The great Kapok tree:

I forgot to include this beautiful book in  my picture above! 

So it 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"

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

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.