Recommended Reading

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!

6 thoughts on “Recommended Reading”

  1. Posotive Discipline by Jane Nelson. It’s not exactly Montessori but I learned about it in my assistant teacher training. There are several more specific editions as well. I’m currently reading birth to three. It helps remind me of how I need to behave to help my daughter best.

  2. I admire and appreciate your much needed work, and I thank you for it! Parents might like lovely little book is “At Home With Montessori” by Patricia Oriti. Parents at Austin Montessori School find this book a great help. Donna Bryant Goertz, school founder and director emrita, author of “Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful.”

  3. I admire and appreciate your much needed work, and I thank you for it! A lovely little book parents might also find informative and inspiring is “At Home With Montessori” by Patricia Oriti. Parents at Austin Montessori School find this book a great help. Donna Bryant Goertz, school founder and director emerita, author of “Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful.”

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