The first time I read Dr. Montessori’s book The Absorbent Mind, I understood almost nothing. If you find yourself similarly stumped by her style of writing, you might want to start with one of the books for parents listed below. They all provide a clear introduction to the basic principles of Montessori, and will prepare you to understand Dr. Montessori’s works.
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MONTESSORI BOOKS FOR PARENTS
Zero to Six Years:
Montessori From the Start: The Child at Home from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen
Explains the child’s developmental stages and needs.
The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies
Beautiful illustrations and clear explanations help parents understand the challenging toddler years.
Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents by Maren and Dana Schmidt
Montessori foundations, plus what to look for in a quality school.
How to Raise an Amazing Child, the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin
Home-based activities for children ages 0-6.
Primary and Elementary Years:
Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful by Donna Bryant Goertz
Case studies (in a classroom setting) and guidance (for parents and teachers) to support the specific developmental needs of elementary children.
Montessori Madness: A Parent-to-Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler
Written by a Montessori parent, this book sheds light on the main aspects of Montessori and how they help children reach their potential through the elementary years and beyond.
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Dr. Angeline Lillard
Explains how current current research studies corroborate the effectiveness of the Montessori approach.
RESPECTFUL PARENTING BOOKS
Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen
Say What You See (for parents and teachers) by Sandra Blackard
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen… by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlich
Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlich
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
The Self-Driven Child by Willian Stixrud
DR. MONTESSORI’S BOOKS
Maria Montessori’s books can be purchased through the NAMTA website.
The Absorbent Mind
Arguably Dr. Montessori’s most influential work; summarizes a lifetime of discoveries.
The Child In the Family
Discusses the parents’ role in the child’s development, and the impact of parenting decisions.
From Childhood to Adolescence
Outlines Dr. Montessori’s philosophy for elementary and beyond.
Do you have a favorite Montessori book? Share it in the comments!