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Did you know that Montessori advises against reading fantastical books to young children? It feeds into a bigger discussion about childhood credulity and the development of the imagination.


But, but, but….

I love fantastical children’s books!


I love Winnie the Pooh, Frog and Toad, and Peter Rabbit. I love animals in cute clothes! Are Montessori’s recommendations hard and fast rules that you must follow? Not necessarily. I love to focus on the Montessori philosophy because it allows me to dig deep into the *why* and apply them to each unique child and experience, instead of following a list of dos and don’ts.


Why should we stay away from reading fantastical books to children and prioritize books with real world settings and characters? One of the most important reasons is because a child needs a foundation in reality to build a strong imagination. If you want to read fantastical books to your child, start with a focus on books featuring reality and add some fantasy in. Then, every time you read a fantastical book, talk about it.


“Frogs don’t really wear clothes or eat cookies. Let’s look up what they actually eat!”

“Stuffed animals won’t actually come to life; they are stuffed with fluff. But it is fun to pretend that they can talk back. What do you think your stuffed animal would say?”

“Rabbits don’t wear blue jackets. The rabbit in this book is acting more like a kid! You wear coats, but a rabbit doesn’t need a coat. They have fur.”

Etc., etc., etc.


If you find your child has a hard time differentiating between fantasy and reality, offer them more books and media based in reality. Reality is the best tool in supporting a strong and healthy imagination as your child grows.


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