Montessori Basics 2: A Guide to Montessori Books

I’m excited to continue my “Montessori Basics” series with this next post. I’ve assembled a list (with links) to the best printed resources for parents and teachers. The sources vary, since not every company carries every book. In most cases the titles are self-explanatory, but click on any link and you’ll be able to read a synopsis (and in Amazon’s case, reviews) of any book. Since products change, please let me know if you find any links that are outdated.

For Parents:

Montessori Play & Learn: A Parent’s Guide to Purposeful Play from 2 to 6 by Lesley Britton
Teaching Montessori in the Home: the Preschool Years
by Elizabeth Hainstock
How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin
Basic Montessori Learning Activities for Under-Fives by David Gettman
Montessori Read and Write by Lynne Lawrence
Montessori from the Start by Paula Polk Lillard & Lynn Lillard Jessen

Special Needs:

Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful: Preventing Exclusion in the Early Elementary Classroom by Donna Bryant Goertz

Books by Maria Montessori:

The Montessori Method
Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook
The Discovery of the Child
The Secret of Childhood
The Absorbent Mind


Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing

Montessori Theory:

Montessori in the Classroom by Paula Polk Lillard
Montessori: A Modern Approach by Paula Polk Lillard
Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
The Essential Montessori by Elizabeth G. Hainstock
Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Lillard