Toddler books listed here are aligned with Montessori philosophy – Montessori-friendly books are beautifully illustrated and written, educational, reality-based, and support diversity. These are great for young children to learn about simple concepts. Most of the books presented below will be very attractive to babies as well! Particularly the first one. I also would like to share with you my
From the “All Kinds of…” series, this fun lift-the-flap book celebrates babies from various kinds of families in different countries. Includes welcoming ceremonies and how they’re carried, playtime, sleep time, and more. At the end is a press-out mobile to make and hang in the baby’s room. The book can also serve as an ideal way to introduce a child to the idea of having a sibling.
One night a very lonely firefly goes off in search of friends. Each time he sees a flicker of light he flies off toward it, but none of them turn out to be fireflies. He sees a lantern, an owl’s eyes, even headlights shining in the darkness. Will the lonely firefly ever find creatures like himself? A classic in its own time, The Very Lonely Firefly is available in a beautiful board book format, perfect for the youngest readers and the smallest hands. And just as in the hardcover edition, the fireflies’ lights actually light up, delighting children of all ages.
Developing language skills and finding out about the world is simple and fun in this fantastic book. Associating simple first words with beautiful pictures will help build your child’s vocabulary and encourage speaking and reading skills.
Time for Bed by Mem Fox Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers–sleep tight! “Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection.”
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell“I want my mommy!” Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Stunning illustrations from striking perspectives capture the anxious little owls as they worry. Not surprisingly, joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greet the mother’s return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.
In My Jungle by Sara GillinghamTurn the colorful die-cut pages of this irresistible board book to discover just what makes little monkey’s jungle so cozy. Is it the swinging vines? No, it’s his loving family! Bright pictures, sweet reassuring messages, unique layered pages, and an adorable finger puppet combine to create interactive reading and playtime fun!
It offers a rhyming tour of the variety of sounds a child might hear before, during, and after takeoff. Rhythmic noises make for a great read-aloud.A final double-page spread helps clarify some of the sights and physical sensations of a plane ride, from luggage loading to queasiness.”Will no doubt provide comfort to young, first-time flyers?” -“Booklist”” A contribution both cogent and soothing to the scanty library of preflight, or in-flight, reading matter for young, infrequent flyers.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Touch and Feel Playbook by Eric CarleEarly-learning playbook features artwork from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other Eric Carle picture books, first concepts such as colours, numbers, shapes and first words are introduced through textures, words and pictures. Ideal for older babies and toddlers, this bright, sturdy board book is perfect for sharing and encouraging interactive play.
Sounds of the Wild: Seashore by Valerie Davies. This is our favorite series! Sounds and popping pictures are like magic to young children. Amazing illustrations too! Immerse yourself in the delights of the seashore, with intricate pop-ups and sounds. Hear a scarlet ibis on a tropical beach, the roar of a polar bear in the Arctic, and the sound of seals as they bask beneath a cliffside in the northern hemisphere. Also features a northern hemisphere rock pool and a mangrove swamp.
Playtime by Kate PettyEvery child enjoys playtime and has a favorite toy or game. Here are pictures of children from all around the world having fun playing alone or with their friends. Illustrated with stunning photographs from Vietnam, Russia, Ethiopia and many more countries, this series is perfect to share with the youngest child.
Around the World: Hair by Kate PettyWe wear our hair in lots of different ways. Sometimes it is to keep cool. Sometimes it’s to look nice for a special occasion. This book, perfect to share with a young child, has photographs of different hairstyles from all around the world.
A small child creeps, runs, leaps, swings, and finally wades through the jungle. As he goes he hears various animal noises, the perpetrators of which are revealed on the following page. The torn-paper collage illustrations offer an accompaniment to this traditional rhyme.
Little Kids First Big Book of Animals by Catherine D. HughesIntroduces young readers to the world of animals, explaining how animal parents take care of young, how baby animals change as they grow up, how they learn to hunt and eat, and more. This book features 32 animals, including dolphins, tigers, butterflies, frogs, penguins, lions, wolf pups, polar bears, pandas, sea turtles, and more.
There are all kinds of kisses…Cheep kisses. Moo kisses. Maaa kisses. Coo kisses…But the best kiss of all…Is Mommy’s kiss goodnight. Sweet dreams, little one! Mommies and babies aren’t the only ones who enjoy sharing kisses. All throughout the farm, animal families snuggle up with their little ones, offering them warmth and love. Following a mama bird on her journey back to the nest to give her own baby some special cuddles, Nancy Tafuri uses beautiful, inviting illustrations to share how different creatures, from peeping ducks to mooing cows, show their love and affection in very similar ways. A heartfelt homage to all of the wonderful kinds of kisses
This is a brand new addition to the best-selling “That’s not my…” series. This is an award winning series shortlisted for the British Book Industry Stora Enso Award for Design and Production. It combines bright, colourful illustrations with a variety of different textures to touch and feel on each page. It helps very young children develop important language and sensory skills. The series was awarded ‘Best Buy’ by the readers of “Prima Baby” magazine. It is perfect for keeping young children entertained during long plane journeys.
This book is a fantasy, however, it is such a beautiful story. In each spread, Janet Lawler likens kisses to colors of the rainbow, pebbles on the beach, raindrops, flowers, blankets, snowdrops in their number, and beauty. The text rhymes beautifully and each spread is illuminated by Alison Jay’s heartwarming and light-hearted illustrations.
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by Susan Mayclin Stephenson (Author), Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro MD (Author)
Montessori guidelines presented here have held true all over the world, no matter what the culture of the child, for over 100 years and prove to be as true in 2021 as ever. It is the goal of this book to help parents look for, discover, appreciate, and support the mental, physical, and emotional needs of the child in the first three years of life, in their own culture.
Then you probably support the concept of Montessori, a unique educational philosophy that fosters the growth of the whole child. No wonder studies show that across a range of abilities, children at Montessori schools significantly out-performed those given a traditional education.
The Practical Guide to the Montessori Method is aimed at parents who want to integrate the Montessori philosophy at home with their children. An international besteller in education and homeschooling, translated to four languages. It includes: A basic introduction to the principles of the Montessori philosophy, Numerous illustrated examples of how to apply it at home, classified by subject and age, and explained clearly and concisely,
by Susan Mayclin Stephenson (Author)
This is the perfect book for families helping with their children's education during the Covid epidemic. Homeschooling, or helping provide a balanced well-rounded education in an enjoyable way. These "culture" lessons are taught in Montessori teacher-training course—physics, biology, history and geography, and the art. They are presented here in great detail and lay the foundation before age six for the older child’s search for his Cosmic Task.
Some of children’s most important social and emotional developments happen during their toddler years. Encourage learning and inspire discovery at home with this toddler activity book based on the Montessori method, a child-centered and scientifically based approach to engaging kids in their own development. From moving to music to creating a suncatcher and playing card games, this wide range of fun activities for toddlers will foster independence and build confidence.
by Susan Mayclin Stephenson (Author)
The word "Montessori" is not legally protected and is used sometimes in ways that have little to do with authentic Montessori practices. In this book the author, who has almost fifty years of AMI Montessori teaching and consulting experience and work as an oral examiner for teacher-training courses, briefly presents authentic Montessori practices for ages 3-6 (the primary class), ages 6-12 (the elementary class), and ages 12-18. Here are ideas for using Montessori principles in the home. One mother put it very well, "This book is deep yet simple. Even my husband had the time to read it and now we are using the ideas together, a happy couple."
by Simone Davies (Author), Junnifa Uzodike (Author), Sanny van Loon (Illustrator)
It’s time to change the way we see babies. Drawing on principles developed by the educator Dr Maria Montessori, The Montessori Baby shows how to raise your baby from birth to age one with love, respect, insight, and a surprising sense of calm. Cowritten by Simone Davies, author of the bestselling The Montessori Toddler, and Junnifa Uzodike, it’s a book filled with hundreds of practical ideas for understanding what is actually happening with your baby, and how you can mindfully assist in their learning and development.
A fifteen-year experience of day-by-day, year-by-year, learning how to create an authentic Montessori education at home through elementary, middle, and high school. The main guide or teacher during these years had taken AMI teacher training courses for 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 and had taught for many years. Even though this is not to be thought of as an instruction manual for Montessori homeschooling it is hoped that the book will be helpful for parents and teachers wanting to understand the value of a unique educational path, rather than thinking that all children should be educated exactly the same way (in both traditional and Montessori schools).
by Simone Davies (Author), Hiyoko Imai (Illustrator)
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 are five principles for feeding your child’s natural curiosity, from “Trust in the child” to “Fostering a sense of wonder.”
by Susan Mayclin Stephenson (Author)
In "Aid to Life, Montessori Beyond the Classroom," the author shares stories based on fifty years of Montessori work in thirty countries, first as a teacher of children from 2-13 in Montessori schools, then discovering new ways to use Montessori principles in a variety of situations—all aimed at inspiring, and providing practical ideas, to parents and teachers today.
by Susan Mayclin Stephenson (Author)
"Traveling with Susan Stephenson through her book The Universal Child, Guided by Nature was a pleasure. Montessori practices applied to all cultures today, highlighted by Maria Montessori’s words, the author’s experience in many countries, and the eloquent photographs, generated in me a great enthusiasm to continue my journey through this path. Thank you for being a source of inspiration."
by Susan Mayclin Stephenson (Author), Angeline S. Lillard PhD (Author)
This book is based on 50 years of work in 30 countries, teaching, and observing and consulting with schools. Mindfulness is an ancient practice in the East, a great need for health and happiness in the West, and an everyday practice in Montessori schools. The author tells her own story of 45+ years of meditation and working in the Montessori field, and gives detailed suggestions for both parents and teachers to aid the development of this skill in themselves and in the children they live with.
by Jane Nelsen (Author), Chip DeLorenzo (Author)
Positive Discipline, developed by Jane Nelsen and based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, is designed to help young people become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. In this book, Nelsen and Chip DeLorenzo bring together Montessori and Positive Discipline for the first time, offering a methodology for addressing behavior in the classroom that is consistent with the core Montessori belief of respect for the child.
by Aubrey Hargis (Author), Breana Sylvester PhD (Foreword)
Make it easier to manage your little one’s most challenging behaviors with these highly effective toddler discipline tools. This standout among parenting books helps you learn how to effectively support your toddler as you deal with day-to-day difficulties. Written by mother of two and child development expert Aubrey Hargis, this guide to parenting toddlers teaches you about the behavioral challenges you’ll face and the ways you can address them while fostering important life skills like curiosity, respect, independence, and confidence.
The At the Heart of Montessori series provides a thorough and easy-to-follow explanation of Maria Montessori's philosophy and educational method for all ages from birth to adolescence. These books will be of special interest to Montessori teachers or trainee teachers, acting as a support to, but not as a substitute for, Montessori teacher training. In addition parents, teachers and others who wish to find out about how children develop and how to help them as they grow, will find the books useful and interesting.
The At the Heart of Montessori series provides a thorough and easy-to-follow explanation of Maria Montessori's philosophy and educational method for all ages from birth to adolescence. These books will be of special interest to Montessori teachers or trainee teachers, acting as a support to, but not as a substitute for, Montessori teacher training.
by Linda Kavelin Popov (Author), Dan Popov (Author), John Kavelin (Author)
Bring compassion, generosity, and kindness into your home with this essential interfaith parenting guide to raising kids in a virtuous and spiritual household, with week-by-week strategies for living your best lives.
The most important job parents have is to pass basic virtues on to their children, and this invaluable book is designed to help make that job a little easier. Compiled by The Virtues Project, an international organization dedicated to inspiring spiritual growth in young and old alike, this multicultural, interfaith handbook shows parents and teachers how to turn words into actions and ideals into realities.
by Andrea Hendon Busch Ed.D. (Author)
Montessori Made Easy: Practical Life Lessons is a guide for Parents, Teachers, Preschools, and Child Care Centers. It is filled with ideas, pictures, and information for creating and teaching Montessori Practical Life skills. All of the materials and activities are simple, inexpensive, and you can put them together yourself. In this book you will find, "Montessori Made Easy."
by Cristina De Stefano (Author), Gregory Conti (Translator)
A fresh, comprehensive biography of the pioneering educator and activist who changed the way we look at children’s minds, from the author of Oriana Fallaci. Born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy, Maria Montessori would grow up to embody almost every trait men of her era detested in the fairer sex. She was self-confident, strong-willed, and had a fiery temper at a time when women were supposed to be soft and pliable. She studied until she became a doctor at a time when female graduates in Italy provoked outright scandal. She never wanted to marry or have children—the accepted destiny for all women of her milieu in late nineteenth-century bourgeois Rome—and when she became pregnant by a colleague of hers, she gave up her son to continue pursuing her career.
A parent's guide to building independence, creativity, and confidence in their children using Montessori learning techniques, written by Montessori president Tim Seldin. An international bestseller, How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way adapts Montessori teachings for easy use at home. Packed with Montessori-based preschool activities and educational games that build confidence and independence through active learning, this authoritative illustrated guide helps raise self-reliant and creative children. Celebrate physical and intellectual milestones from birth to age six with activity checklists, and encourage development through proven child-centered teaching methods.
The Absorbent Mind was Maria Montessori's most in-depth work on her educational theory, based on decades of scientific observation of children. Her view on children and their absorbent minds was a landmark departure from the educational model at the time. This book helped start a revolution in education. Since this book first appeared there have been both cognitive and neurological studies that have confirmed what Maria Montessori knew decades ago.
by Maria Montessori (Author), Anne E. George (Translator)
The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori immediately captivated social reformers and educators around the world. First published in Italian in 1909, The Montessori Method has been translated into twenty languages, including the 1912 English translation. Its ideas were new and innovative compared to the traditional Lancasterian method in which large groups of children recited the teachers' words, word for word in unison.
Paula Lillard, director of a Montessori school ranging in age from 18 months to fifteen years, provides a clear and cogent introduction to the Montessori program for the elementary and later years. In detailed accounts, Lillard shows how children acquire the skills to answer their own questions, learn to manage freedom with responsibility, and maintain a high level of intellectual stimulation by using the Montessori method. This is an essential handbook for parents and teachers who have chosen the Montessori alternative for the older child.