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Montessori-Inspired Hands-on-Prints Books for Kids

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate my review.

Reading books from Hands-on-Prints

We were recently sent some Hands-on-Prints books to review, and today I am featuring two of our favorites. These books were created by Christina Cheung after establishing a Montessori school celebrating differences in personality, learning preferences, and cultural backgrounds. The books have a lovely multicultural feel, as well as an emphasis on mindfulness.

Our Favorite Hands-on-Prints Books

While all five of the books we received were clearly carefully crafted, these two were our favorites. This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission.

The textured letters in Around the World from a to z were clearly inspired by Cheung’s Montessori background, and they are one of the things my kids and I love about this book. I also like that each letter is presented in lower-case cursive. My kids really enjoy learning about cursive letters, but they are not often used with elementary school children in the United States, even though in many European countries children learn to write cursive before they learn to write in print. I wish the US would adopt this approach, particularly since cursive letters eliminate the flipping issues that have young children confused about the difference between b, d, p, and q. The book is a journey around the world in poetry. There is at least one child in each illustration, and at the lower corner you find the feet of a child from the next page. I love details like this, and for this book it really helps to establish links between the locations being featured.

Do I Have To?: What If I Don’t Want To . . .  is an unusual book that I keep find my kids perusing. The book explores parenting, cooperation, listening, and expressing emotions – featuring both thoughtful and thoughtless approaches from both parents and children. These scenarios are presented in miniature books that are found within the book – you can see Anna looking at them at the top of this post. The book explores different ways of expressing emotions, as well as dealing with doing things you don’t want to do. Emotional intelligence, parenting techniques, and mindful self-awareness can be challenging topics to write about in a picture book, but this one makes it work.

After School Activities for Kids

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The after school linky is your chance to share share crafts and activities for kids aged 5-12 years old. These posts caught my eye last week:

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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

9 thoughts on “Montessori-Inspired Hands-on-Prints Books for Kids”

  1. Those look like great books! Parenting children’s books are great for us because they introduce concepts that the kids are feeling without them having to articulate them themselves.

  2. Is that a book within a book? Okay, I’m clicking through to check it out even if my kids are old for it….

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    Montessori-style letters via poetry around the world and a book exploring mindful self-awareness… ambitious topics for books aimed at young children. Done well, they would be wonderful additions to a home library. Thank you for reviewing and recommending these.

    1. I thought the Montessori letters book was particularly well done. The mindful self-awareness book will work best if readers already understand the concept a bit, I think.

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