Montessori Reading List

Introductory Book List for Parents:

Maria Montessori and Montessori education
Lillard, Paula P. (1996), Montessori Today.
Describes Montessori theory and contemporary American Montessori schools serving ages ranging from birth to adulthood.

Lillard, Paula P.; Jessen, Lynn L. (2003),
Montessori from the Start.
What parents can do to help their youngest children in the process of self-formation.

Lillard, Montessori in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Account of How Children Really Learn

Lawrence, Lynne, Montessori Read and Write: A Parent’s Guide to Literacy for Children

Montessori, Maria. (1948),
To Educate the Human Potential.
Describes the needs of the elementary-aged child in the process of acquiring culture.

Montessori, Maria. (1949), The Absorbent Mind.
Discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years. Gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method.

Montessori, Maria. (1956),
The Child in the Family.
A series of short essays about the child, the family, and the school, with a philosophical emphasis.

Montessori, Maria. (1973),
From Childhood to Adolescence.
Discusses the development and education of the child from age seven through adolescence. Includes Dr. Montessori’s thoughts on university education.

Standing, E. M. (1957),
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work.
Covers Maria Montessori’s life, how she developed Montessori education, its theoretical basis, and the worldwide growth of the Montessori movement.