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 of the best printed resources for parents and teachers. Most can be found at Amazon; some are harder to find but you might be able to find them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Often, you can find them at your local library, or request them through inter-library loan. In most cases the titles are self-explanatory, you can Google them to find a synopsis and reviews of any book.

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