I couldn’t resist adding this title to my best books series. Yes, The Best Nest is a super-fun book, but I’m really referring to a variety of good children’s books that work especially well for a nest theme.
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Just choose books based on your child’s age and what you think will engage your child’s interest. I like Amazon’s “Look Inside the Book” feature as a way of getting a good idea of the book’s writing and photographs or illustrations before buying.
Montessori-friendly books use photos or realistic illustrations. They don’t have talking animals or a lot of fantasy. Often fiction books will have unrealistic situations, such as talking birds. But they’re also often wonderful books, and I love sharing them with children who understand the difference between fantasy and reality. I wouldn’t want my children (and now, grandchildren) to miss out on the fun of The Best Nest.
I don’t think any study of birds would be complete without reading about John James Audubon. The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon is wonderful. While it isn’t just about nests, there are a number of mentions of nests and some lovely illustrations. This Montessori-friendly book is recommended for ages 4-7.
A Nest Full of Eggs is an easily understood Montessori-friendly book with lots of scientific information for children . It’s recommended for ages 4-8.
Birds Make Nests doesn’t have a lot of text, so it’s perfect for younger children. This Montessori-friendly book gives some great information along with clear illustrations. (Recommended for ages 4-8.)
Even though we’re mainly focusing on birds in our nest unit, I like to include nests made by a variety of animals. Whose Nest Is This? uses a riddle format to introduce many different types of nests. It’s both interesting and inviting. This Montessori-friendly book is recommended for ages 4-8.
I love A Nest Is Noisy. You’ll find nests from a variety of animals along with gorgeous illustrations. It includes a lot of information, but the illustrations are extra inviting. The Montessori-friendly book is recommended for ages 5-6.
Mama Built a Little Nest is almost a Montessori-friendly book. It has inviting illustrations along with lots of information. But it seems to be narrated by the bird, which isn’t a Montessori-style nature book. I really like it anyway. (Recommended for ages 4-8.)
This Is the Nest That Robin Built is a creative variation of “This is the House That Jack Built.” The animals are a bit friendlier than they are in reality, but the illustrations are lovely and it’s a fun way to add poetry into the nest theme.
And we can’t forget The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman. Obviously, this is not a Montessori-style book, but it’s a classic. My children loved it, and now so does my granddaughter. (Recommended for ages 3-7.)
MORE BIRD RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES
- Montessori-Inspired Bird Unit
- Montessori-Inspired Life Cycle Activities
- Free Owl Printables and Montessori-Inspired Owl Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Owl Unit with Free Printables and Activities
- Great Horned Owl Do-a-Dot Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download
- Montessori Nature Tray with Owl-Themed Craft and Art Appreciation
- Free Owl Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download
- Free Nest Printables and Montessori-Inspired Nest Activities
- Free Nest Do-a-Dot Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
- Montessori Nature Tray with Bird-Themed Nest Building and Art Appreciation
- Free Bird Sounds, Songs, and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Bird Unit Study Pinterest Board
Does your child (or do your students) have a favorite nest book?
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