The Montessori Toddler (Paperback)

A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being

By Simone Davies, Hiyoko Imai (Illustrator)

Workman Publishing Company, 9781523506897, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

List Price: 19.95*
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Turn a regular home into a Montessori home—and become a more mindful, attentive, and easy going parent.

It’s time to change the way we see toddlers. Using the principles developed by the educator Dr. Maria Montessori, Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a “terrible two” into a mutually rich and rewarding time of curiosity, learning, respect, and discovery. With hundreds of practical ideas for every aspect of living with a toddler, here is how to:
  • Stay composed when your toddler is not and set limits with love and respect
  • Set up your home and get rid of the chaos
  • Create Montessori activities that are just right for your one-to-three-year-old
  • Raise an inquisitive learner who loves exploring the world around them
  • See the world through your toddler’s eyes and be surprised and delighted by their perspective

With its bright, airy design and colorful illustrations and photographs, the book captures the feelings and conveys the values of a real Montessori classroom—now in your home. 

About the Author

Hiyoko Imai is a Tokyo-born illustrator, graphic designer, and paper composer based in Amsterdam. Her minimalistic, playful, and delicate art is carefully executed by hand and can be found at

Praise For The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being

“This graceful guide to parenting toddlers within the Montessori educational philosophy teaches adults with the same spirit of gentleness, presenting a coherent, attractive system while simultaneously breaking its instruction down into small, understandable chunks that seem reasonable to master.”  —Publishers Weekly

With every page chock-full of plans for how to make one’s home a haven for a youngster’s intellectual and emotional growth, this valuable manual fills a gap on a topic not as frequently addressed in the literature on toddler development.” —Library Journal

" This is a down-to-earth, accessible book that makes Montessori at home doable. She provides clear ideas for discipline and parenting, and it’s written in a friendly, parent-to-parent way." —Book Riot