10 Book Recommendations on Montessori and Child Development

Choosing a Montessori education for your child is the first step in what should be an ongoing process of education for both parents and children. Learning more about Montessori philosophy and child development is an excellent way to grow with your child and to better understand the inner workings of his/her classroom.  

Bay Farm Montessori Academy teachers are eager to share information about the best books, websites, and courses on both Montessori education and child development. Here are 10 book suggestions to help you get started: 

The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori 

Perhaps the must-read book on the Montessori Method, The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori explores her philosophy and method.

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

For a new parent’s guide to Montessori learning, How To Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin is a great guide.

Teach Me To Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child by Maja Pitamic

As the title suggests, this book is all about helping your child become a self-reliant learner and person.

Montessori Madness! A Parent’s Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler

This book offers a parent’s insight to the Montessori Method. It delves into how education systems can be improved and how politicians and administrators can look at education differently.  

Montessori: A Modern Approach by Paula Lillard

For parents, educators, childcare professionals, and others interested in the Montessori way, this book explores the basics of our philosophy to looks at the relevance of these ideas in modern times.

Montessori Learning I the 21st Century: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Shannon Helfrich

This book helps parents and teachers examine how the Montessori approach pertains to modern education.

Montessori Play and Learn; A Parent’s Guide to Purposeful Play from 2 to 6 by Lesley Britton

The Montessori Philosophy is built around child-centric learning. This book is an in-depth guide for parents of young children to explore the Montessori Method at home through a wide variety of activities and games.

How to Talk so Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber

This book is centered around creating conversations with your children that inspire an excitement to learn.

Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

Organic gardening, healthy cooking, and smart eating are a big part of the Montessori curriculum. This book explores information about nutrition, enzymes, and how food fuels your body.

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius  by Angeline Scott Lillard

In this book, Angeline Stoll Lillard shows that science has finally caught up with Maria Montessori. Lillard presents the research behind eight insights that are foundations of Montessori education, describing how each of these insights is applied in the Montessori classroom.