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. In most cases the titles are self-explanatory, you can Google them to find a synopsis and 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 Since products change, please let me know if you find any links that are outdated.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