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Helpful Books: Montessori & Preschool Education


Montessori Madness, by Trevor Eissler.

A parent-to-parent guide to the Montessori philosophy, written by a jet pilot who discovered Montessori for his children, and became a parent missionary for the Montessori method.



Montessori Read & Write, by Lynne Lawrence.

Shows how to teach children to read and write using Montessori principles. While primarily written for families who homeschool, this book is also a very helpful guide for parents who want to ensure they support their child’s progress in literacy and to do so in a consistent manner between school and home.


The Science Behind the Genius, by Angeline Stoll Lillard.

Provides a summary of modern research behind eight insights that are a foundation of Montessori education, describing how each of these insights is applied in the Montessori classroom.



Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook, by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Written by Dr. Montessori, this book provides a concrete description, in Dr. Montessori’s own words, of the sequence of activities used in a Montessori classroom.



Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, by E.M. Standing.

Part biography and part exposition of her ideas, this engaging book reveals through her letters and personal diaries Maria Montessori’s delight in the success of her educational experiments and is an ideal introduction to the principals and practices of the greatest educational pioneer of the 20th


The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease.

Part biography and part exposition of her ideas, this engaging book reveals through her letters and personal diaries Maria Montessori’s delight in the success of her educational experiments and is an ideal introduction to the principals and practices of the greatest educational pioneer of the 20th


A Parent’s Guide to the Montessori Classroom, by Aline D. Wolf.

This guide gives a concise explanation of the method and materials used in the Montessori classroom for 3-6 year olds. An excellent tool for educating parents interested in or new to Montessori.

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