Recommended Montessori books for parents

Here are the recommended books to start with the Montessori education.

I read all those books and they are all very helpful for parents with children under 6.

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way:

first book I read when my daughter was 6 months old. I reviewed the toys I was giving her, simplifying everything around her. Beautiful pictures and activities to do for older children too.

Written by Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation, this is the most fully up-to-date guide on Montessori parenting, packed with brand-new advice on children’s use of digital media, and the neuroscience of child development.

Montessori from the Start

This book is considered the bible to understand Maria Montessori education for the under 3 (without reading Maria Montessori herself). It is easy to read too.

Based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s instructions for raising infants, its comprehensive exploration of the first three years incorporates the furnishings and tools she created for the care and comfort of babies. From the design of the baby’s bedroom to the child-sized kitchen table, from diet and food preparation to clothing and movement, the authors provide guidance for the establishment of a beautiful and serviceable environment for babies and very young children. They introduce concepts and tasks, taking into account childrens’ ”sensitive periods” for learning such skills as dressing themselves, food preparation, and toilet training. Brimming with anecdote and encouragement, and written in a clear, engaging style, Montessori from the Start is a practical and useful guide to raising calm, competent, and confident children.

Learning Together: What Montessori Can Offer Your Family

Written by Kathy Hugues, a Montessori teacher and endorsed by the Montessori Centre International, UK. It’s especially written for parents too. Very practical too to help you with how to set up your house the Montessori way.

From the author: When I was growing up and did anything well, my mother would always say matter-of-factly, “That’s because you’re a Montessori kid. I attended Montessori schools from the age of 2 and 1/2 to 6, building my own foundation that has stuck with me throughout my life. I went on to train as a Montessori teacher at the Montessori Centre International in London and currently work from home as a distance learning tutor and proof-reader, but my main job is as a Montessori parent of 3 young children.


Montessori Read & Write: A parent’s guide to literacy for children

This one is great for children aged 2 to 6, tips to help with reading, sound recognition, learn the phonetic way and all activities can be done/created easily at home.

Illustrated in colour throughout, with sections on how human beings acquire language, how to create an environment which gives the best chance for language to flourish, first steps towards reading and writing, learning to write the letters, starting to read with meaning and creative and accurate story writing, the book is full of age-graded games and activities to aid learning, and has a resources section designed to be appropriate for different geographical regions and/or languages. It includes a reading list, resources list and suggestions for scripts. Easy and fun to use, this informative and practical book is essential reading for any parent who wants to ensure the best start for their child

Child’s Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler of Pitamic, Maja

Written by a very experienced Montessori teacher, easy to do at home activities for your baby and toddler.

The activities contained in this book equip young children with the life skills to investigate the world for themselves. Exercises are based on sound early-learning principles and are focused for children aged three-to-five years. Activities cover life skills, development of the senses, language skills, number sense and science interests, and each with a healthy dose of fun and adventure. Through play activities, children will learn to: put on a coat and tie laces identify tastes and textures participate in storytelling and word play sort colours and numbers appreciate and discover the natural world

And of course, if you want to read Maria Montessori herself, start with these ones:

(make sure you read a Clio edition, it’s a better traduction. The traduction is really important as some translation from Italian to English were rubbish. AMI recommends the Clio publication)

By Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind (The Clio Montessori series) (New edition) [Paperback]

The Discovery of the Child (The Clio Montessori Series, Vol.2)

Secret of Childhood

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.

  • Sophie says:

    Great resources! I struggled to find a good list of literature when my son was little but this would have been perfect!

  • I would love to learn more about the amazing ways of Montessori so thanks so much for sharing this reading list.

  • This is really interesting, I have heard amazing things about Montessori!

  • ChelseaMamma says:

    I studied some montessori when I became a childmimder – very interesting

  • Rachel says:

    I have friends who have children that go to a Montessori school and the concept is really interesting x

  • Ana De-Jesus says:

    I have worked in a few Montessori nurseries and part of my degree was learning about Montessori teachings. I did English Literature, English Language and Education and Social Sciences.

  • Kerry Norris says:

    I’ve never heard of this but sounds like a good selection of book for new parents

  • We home educate so have looked into montessori a little but these books look helpful thank you.

  • Anosa says:

    I have never heard of Montessori so this is all new to me but sounds like a great resource for parents

  • Anna says:

    Even though I never heard of Montessori, it sounds great I will forward this post to my friend who had twins. x

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