Top (favorite) 15 books I read in 2019, and recommend for your holiday gift giving!

Top (favorite) 15 books I read in 2019, and recommend for your holiday gift giving!

Top (favorite) 15 books I read in 2019 (out of nearly 100!) and recommend for your holiday gift-giving! Listed by genre, per se, and in no particular order; and the book links are Amazon.com affiliate links. I am an Amazon affiliate, so if you make any purchases from these links--and within 24 hours of placing it on your cart--I will get a small commission, which will help me afford books and more books for my book-loving son, and some art supplies, too! So I thank you in advance for any purchases you make!) ~Lisa Nolan

1. Favorite, New, Montessori-Friendly Picture Books


The Big Umbrella by Bates, Amy June. Available in hardcover and used hardcover. “A subtle, deceptively simple book about inclusion, hospitality, and welcoming the ‘other.’” —Kirkus Reviews

“This sweet extended metaphor uses an umbrella to demonstrate how kindness and inclusion work... A lovely addition to any library collection, for classroom use or for sharing at home.” —School Library Journal

"In the tradition of Alison McGhee’s Someday, beloved illustrator Amy June Bates makes her authorial debut alongside her eleven-year-old daughter with this timely and timeless picture book about acceptance.

"By the door, there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have.

"Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room.

"Lush illustrations and simple, lyrical text subtly address themes of inclusion and tolerance in this sweet story that accomplished illustrator Amy June Bates co-wrote with her daughter, Juniper, while walking to school together in the rain." ~Amazon.com description

My favorite five-star review on Goodreads: "I love, love, love this sparse text story that packs an emotional punch. Why? This umbrella isn’t an ordinary umbrella. It’s extraordinary. It’s a metaphor for compassion, kindness, and inclusion. It welcomes all walks of life, even animals, no matter how many legs they have. What the world could learn from this umbrella.

"The umbrella provides safety and relief from the rain, whatever that rain maybe. For children, that rain may be an argument with their best friend, a lost pet, or having enough food to fill their empty tummies. The magic of the umbrella is that there’s always room to spare.

"In the illustrations, the umbrella takes center stage with its bright red coloring. Most of the illustrations show the bottom halves of the people and animals that take shelter beneath it. Powerful! I highly recommend you purchase a personal copy."~Sharon Coffey

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