Book: I Hear by Helen Oxenbury

This video lesson is designed for 3-6-year-old children to imbibe book reading habits into them. In this lesson, we will read and discuss a famous book, ‘I Hear.’ by author Helen Oxenbury’.

Introduction to the Author: Helen Oxenbury

Helen Oxenbury is an English illustrator and writer who was born in June 1938. Her work has been focused on picture books for children. Helen has an extensive series of children’s books to suit the Montessori philosophy.  

Brief Description of the Book: I Hear

I Hear is a simple book where a little boy enjoys discovering the world surrounding him through the sense of hearing. In this book, a child listens to a bird sing, a dog bark, and a watch tick. It is full of character and humor; it serves as an excellent introduction to the five senses.

Watch the video along with the child to read the book: I Hear and build their language skills.

How can Book Reading Help in a Child’s Growth?

Book reading helps children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and literacy. These factors are critical to academic success and beyond. Other benefits of book reading are:

  • In-depth knowledge of letters and sounds 
  • Improves vocabulary
  • Improve listening skills
  • Builds concentration and discipline
  • Cultivating a lifelong love of reading

Reading books with children at an early stage of development helps grow their curiosity and memory. One can start with interactive books with big illustrations, such as books by Helen Oxenbury.

How to Identify Age-appropriate Books for Children According to the Montessori Method?

  1. Non-fiction books. Understanding that children under 6 years of age still cannot differentiate between real or fantasy. The Montessori philosophy recommends that for young children storybooks do not include fantasy.
  2. Montessori philosophy advises using books where pictures or drawings resemble reality.
  3. Simplicity in design. As with the materials used for learning activities, it is suggested that the books keep that simplicity. It is considered that the child does not need to be over-stimulated to enjoy a book.
  4. Should choose stories that cultivate values.

Related Videos

To watch more book reading video lessons by the author Helen Oxenbury, click on the links below:

  1. I See 
  2. I can
  3. I touch

For more language video resources, click here.

Video created by: Alejandra Jurado



  • book reading
  • English
  • Language
  • primary
  • vocabulary