Toddler Recommendations (Take 2)

A child's hand grasping the finger of an adult

Here are a few items of interest that Liz Hutton found especially for toddler parents, but interesting to all. Hope you like them! (Follow the links to learn more!)


If I had to choose only one book to help parents raise toddlers, this would be the one. The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being by Simone Davies. This book has many “toddler survival tips” on how to work with and support your toddler at home. It touches on many subjects such as sibling rivalry and toilet learning. At the end of this book is a “Further Reading” section that has a great list of resources.

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three by Susan Mayclin Stephenson is another great resource. The cover of my personal copy of this book is very well-worn as I referenced it often when I first began as a toddler teacher. It touches on development, respect, caring for the self, music, language, choosing toys, and parenting and teaching your child.

Toilet Awareness: Using Montessori Philosophy to Create a Potty Learning Routine by Sarah Moudry. This book was released this year, and it is an updated version of her 2012 book that I own simply titled Toilet Awareness. I haven’t read the newest version yet, to be honest with you. The reviews on Amazon tend to be negative due to the size of the book for the price. Yes, it is a very slim book for $12, but I have found the information inside to be very helpful for parents.

Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, Revised and Updated Edition: From Infant to Toddler–Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child by Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, M.A., and Roslyn Duffy.  This book is highly recommended from parent-parent and among teachers as well. It talks about child development, encouragement, toileting, sleeping, and seeing the world from the child’s perspective. At times the wording is vague and doesn’t explain how to follow-through with situations after a child is redirected. Though it’s not a Montessori-based book, it compliments the Montessori Method.