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PICCOLIBRO

Piccolibro, realistic books for small hands, was born from my passion for Montessori. As a Montessori child, a trained Montessorian, and a creative, I wanted to channel my passion into something beyond the classroom, or casa, as we call it. In the first plane of development, which Dr. Montessori observed to be from ages 0-6, children are not capable of differentiating real from imaginary. In an industry that is dominated by talking animals and cartoon characters, I wanted to create reading material children would not only enjoy, but would provide them with the reality-based information they so long for. Below are pages from the Zoo Animal series. Each zoo animal will have it's own book, an encyclopedia of sorts, filled with relatable and real information.

 

About the Name

About the Name

Italian words piccoli (small), and libro (book) are a nod to Italian born Dr. Maria Montessori, the inspiration behind each book.

Giraffe Book

Giraffe Book

Each book, designed for children ages 0-4, will be made out of durable tyvek to ensure that they last through the drooling, ripping, teething, and tearing phases of early childhood. 

Children, especially those in their sensitive period for language (birth-age 6), have a tremendous capacity to absorb vocabulary. In the Montessori environment, we capitalize on that by providing children with the correct terminology.

Pictures of Animals in their Natural Habitat

Pictures of Animals in their Natural Habitat

Sure children may never see a giraffe in the wild, but it's important for them to know that wild animals don't just live in zoos. The beautiful images selected for each book serve as conversation starters for parents and caregivers to talk with, not at, their children.

Font that Models Correct Writing

Font that Models Correct Writing

The font, Futura, was chosen carefully to model correct print handwriting. Some of you may know that in an authentic Montessori environment, we begin by teaching the children (as young as 4) how to write in cursive. When children begin writing in print, we want to make sure to model the correct way of writing an "a" and "g" by showing them books and reading materials that correctly model how to write.

Elephant Book

Elephant Book

The elephant series in inspired by a child I babysat who was fiercely obsessed with elephants. As I began to look for books and reading material that was age appropriate for him, I was hard pressed to find anything beyond story books about cartoon elephants. This elephant series is dedicated to him.

Tiger Book

Tiger Book

The 3rd book in our four-book Zoo Series is all about tigers. Other series that are in the works are: City Animals, Real Life Princesses, Long Distance Travel, and more!

  Piccolibro and all materials provided here are sole and exclusive property of Naseem Ghannad. All images, text, and ideas are copyright  ©  2017 of Naseem Ghannad, all rights reserved.

Piccolibro and all materials provided here are sole and exclusive property of Naseem Ghannad. All images, text, and ideas are copyright © 2017 of Naseem Ghannad, all rights reserved.