Montessori 2021 Virtual Booth

Welcome to the Publisher Spotlight Montessori Event Showcase! From author interviews to digital downloads, from free resources to themed booktalks, you’ll discover a range of resources for new books and audiobooks sure to enlighten and engage your students.


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Check out all the books in our booth in thematic groups as well as by publisher on Pinterest.

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Meet the Author, Publisher, Illustrator

Get to know these authors and publishers, pick your favorite, and request a physical copy! Please note that quantities are limited.

Christina Moorehead, a former Montessori teacher and director, discusses how these books can be used in the Montessori classroom.

Maria Russo
Publisher
minedition

When children are exposed to exceptional books, they develop much more than a deeper appreciation for the world and art–they expand the scope of their dreams and understanding and learn how to respect the environment, others and themselves.
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DJ Corchin
Author, “I Feel” Series
Sourcebooks

This author/illustrator loves to connect people through humorous stories about communication, kindness, and social-emotional awareness. His books are known for being fun and thoughtful discussion starters for both kids and adults in this crazy, complex, human world.
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Heidi Hill
Publisher
Blue Dot Kids Press

Storytelling connects us to each other and to who we are. Our innate appreciation for story is part of what makes us human. With irrepressible hopefulness and courage, we aspire to empower the next generation of global citizens with empathy, resilience, creativity, and the shared value of nature and its stewardship.
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Mickaël El Fathi
Illustrator, Science and Me
Lantana Publishing

Mickaël El Fathi is an acclaimed French-Moroccan children’s book illustrator. A former computer graphic designer and 3-D director, he now lives in France and helps children travel the world through his illustrations. Peace and Me, a celebration of Nobel Peace Prize laureates, was honored on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books for Children list.
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Mary Richards
Author/Illustrator, Take Me Outdoors, Take Me Home, Take Me to the Museum
Agnes & Aubry

Agnes & Aubrey publishes distinctive guided journals for children that help them explore their curiosity. Take Me to Museums, Take Me Home and the forthcoming Take Me Outdoors provide plenty of information on their topics (Take Me to Museums is perfect for virtual museum visits) while giving children space to express themselves.
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Shabazz Larkin
Author/Narrator
The Thing About Bees
Readers to Eaters/Live Oak Media

This triple threat–author/illustrator/narrator–brings a wealth of talent and energy to every project. His newest book is a celebration of family while also an exploration of something that has always made him both fascinated and afraid. Together, the family learns to appreciate the many things about bees.
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Read It Now

These digital galleys are housed on Edelweiss and NetGalley, membership is free and easy for both.


William Still and His Freedom Stories

William Still and His Freedom Stories
By Don Tate
Peachtree Publishing Company

Don Tate brings to life the incredible, stranger-than-fiction true story of William Still’s life and work as a record keeper of enslaved people who had fled to freedom. Tate’s powerful words and artwork are sure to inspire readers in this first-ever picture book biography of the Father of the Underground Railroad. (Ages 6-10)

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Most Days
Most Days
By Michael Leannah and Megan Elizabeth Baratta
Tilbury House

“Delicately lined illustrations with colors in soft tones support the feelings of positivity and well-being and the message that “another day will come tomorrow, full of extraordinary things filling ordinary minutes.” Guaranteed to help readers of all ages find wonder each day."—Booklist, starred review (Ages 3-5)

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Seeking an Aurora
Seeking an Aurora
By Elizabeth Pulford
Illustrated by Anne Bannock
Blue Dot Kids Press

A father wakes his child from sleep to beckon, “Come–we’re off to find an Aurora.” Through the silent frost, across fields, and up hills they climb…And then they wait. Together they share an unforgettable moment and the majestic splendor of the northern and southern lights. (Ages 3-7)

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5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime
5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime
Narrated by Joann Lumley
(Britannica Books)

30 amazing stories featuring frozen frogs, King Tut’s beds, the world’s biggest sleepover, the phases of the moon, and more. “What better way to induce drowsiness in young pillow plumpers than short, fascinating introductions to the bedding-down behavior of creatures?"—Kirkus Reviews (Ages 3-8)

 

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Waiting for a Warbler
Waiting for a Warbler
By Sneed B. Collard; illustrated by Thomas Brooks
(Tilbury House)

Owen and his sister search through the woods for returning birds when they see news reports of a huge storm over the Gulf of Mexico that could impact songbird migrations. This moving story with its hopeful ending appeals to us to preserve the things we love. The backmatter includes a North American bird migration map, birding information for kids, and guidance for how native plantings can transform yards into bird and wildlife habitat. (Ages 5-8)

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Atlas of Dogs
Atlas of Dogs
By Stepanka Sekaninova
(Albatros Media)
A unique collection of over 200 breeds of dogs, with fun facts and witty illustrations, accompanied by heroic stories from the exclusive Dogs’ Post Daily newspaper! Each breed is playfully introduced, and you will have the opportunity to find out which dogs are among the bravest and most devoted, who is the biggest barker, or who snores loudly when dreaming of a juicy bone. And, last but not least, read the Dogs’ Post Daily–a spectacular dog newspaper with a lot of stories, interviews, and reports from the lives of famous dog heroes and heroines! (Ages 6-10)

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Educator Resources

Britannica Books
The Britannica All-New Kids Encyclopedia: Activity packs and resources for each section of this best-selling kids encyclopedia. Find them here.


Peachtree Publishing Company
Lali’s Feather: This favorite with many Montessori teachers now has educational resources available so you can get even more out of this story of a resourceful, imaginative girl and her feather. Download now.

Remote Learning Hub: Find resources supporting Peachtree’s diverse and award-winning books here, including favorites such as 14 Cows for America and new favorites like the Caldecott-honored Going Down Home With Daddy.


Simon & Schuster
Read and Learn: This one-stop shop for teacher guides, activity sheets, author interviews and more, perfect for classroom teachers and anyone helping kids learn at home. Find them here.

Diverse Books: “Enlighten your shelf” with books reflecting a range of cultures, experiences, and abilities. Find them here.

The Book Pantry: A seasonal resource showcasing new books and their educational resources. Find them here.

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Themed Booktalks

Nonfiction

Board Books


All About Audio

Arnie Cardillo
Founder and Producer
Live Oak Media

Listen in as the producer of Odyssey-honored audiobooks including Jazz, H.O.R.S.E., We Are Grateful¸ and more talks with Francisca Goldsmith about how audiobooks can impact young listeners.

We Are Grateful   Jazz

Find audiobook reviews, resources, and much more at Audiofile Magazine.

Audiofile Magazine Feb March 2021

Absolutely Everything!: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention
Written and read by Christopher Lloyd
What on Earth Books
This entertaining, fast-paced narrative history connects all the essential dots of the past with personality, humor, and flair. Running time is 7.5 hours split into 15 chapters of 20–25 minutes each.

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Absolutely Everything!

Dion Graham
Narrator and Director
Rise and The Overground Railroad

Listen in as “Voice of Choice” narrator and director Dion Graham talks about recent projects including Rise: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People and The Overground Railroad.

Sound Learning

Soundlearningapa.org has research and resources for audio literacy. Find the latest research along with selection lists for each grade at https://www.audiopub.org/sound-learning.
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Staff Picks


Spin a Scarf of Sunshine

Spin a Scarf of Sunshine
by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Stila Lim
Floris Books
Spin a Scarf of Sunshine is a simple, yet joyous story about a little girl, Nari, who raises a lamb and knits a scarf from its fleece. This book illustrates the natural world by teaching children about sustainability, such as composting, as well as showing where clothes come from. Told in a narrative picture book format, back matter includes a diagram of the wool cycle, from sheep to scarf.—Emma Schneider
Berta’s Boxes
Berta’s Boxes
By Dario Alivis, illustrated by Amelie Graux
NubeOcho
I enjoyed this book because it speaks to every kid who feels as if they must choose between being well behaved and expressing their emotions. Berta always controlled her feelings by tucking them away into boxes, but after a really hard day, her boxes explode! This story about social emotional learning helps kids understand how to use creative outlets to cope with their feelings. Also available in Spanish.—Mary Ganser
The Night Walk
The Night Walk
By Marie Dorléans
Floris Books
A family of four awakens in the middle of the night to set out on a hike, experiencing the peaceful moonlit town and countryside. Mama and Papa share in the fun and encourage their children as they anticipate arriving at their scenic destination. Vivid language of the journey and stunning illustrations of landscapes and starry skies will likely inspire many readers to go for a night walk of their own!—Carrie Oliva


Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones
By Patricia Polacco
Simon & Schuster
Patricia Polacco is the patron saint of children’s books that are rooted in experience and celebrate kindness and independence. Sticks and Stones is drawn from her personal experience (as so many of her books are) and tells the story of starting a new school while also experiencing a face rash that prompted calling the nickname “Cootie” from a bully. The heroine finds new friends and new courage, all brought to vivid life by Polacco’s characteristically exuberant illustrations.—Ellen Myrick
One Boy’s Choice
One Boy’s Choice
By Sueli Menezes; illustrated by Annika Seems
minedition
A young boy and his grandfather venture out early one morning to catch fish along the great Amazon river. While the impatient boy hopes to catch a big fish in order to impress his friends, his grandfather soon shows him how patience and living in harmony with other creatures can be even more important—and rewarding– goals. Gentle, descriptive language meld with intricate, flowing illustrations to bring this tale-with-a-message to life. —Christina Moorehead
Look, Look Again
Look, Look Again
By Agnese Baruzzi
minedition
This brightly colored and delightfully illustrated board book invites young readers to practice numbers while engaging in a peek-a-boo style guessing game. Curious young minds and fingers won’t be able to resist exploring the sturdy fold-out pages that invite fine-motor exploration. Teachers and parents will find Look, Look Again a favorite book to be shared one-on-one, or as a group read aloud!—Christina Moorehead


Bloom
Bloom
By Anne Booth, illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen
Tiny Owl
We talk a lot about the power words have but do kids really understand what we mean? In this beautifully illustrated story, we see the effect words have on those around us. A young girl uses the power of her words to share love and joy with a flower. An old man is jealous and bullies both the girl and the flower. In the end, the girl’s wisdom and the power of words allows the flower’s owner to find friendships and to bloom.—Tracy Gallagher



Publishers in the Spotlight

360 Degrees ◆ Albatros Media ◆ Blue Dot Kids Press ◆ Britannica Books ◆ Child’s Play ◆ Cicada Books ◆ Floris Books ◆ Gecko Press ◆ Lantana Publishing ◆ Live Oak Media ◆ minedition ◆ NubeOcho ◆ Peachtree Publishing Company ◆ Readers to Eaters ◆ Simon & Schuster ◆ Sourcebooks ◆ Tiger Tales ◆ Tilbury House ◆ Tiny Owl Books ◆ What on Earth Books

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