For lively, easy-to-understand overviews of Montessori education and related topics, we recommend the following articles:


Bishop, Geoffrey. “Learning through Nature: A Real-Life Testimonial.” From Montessori Life, Fall 2013.

Black, Beth. "The First Time." From Montessori Life, Spring 2011.

Herman, Jana Morgan. “Montessori Parent: Proactive Planning: One Parent’s Approach.” From Montessori Life, Winter 2013 – 14.

Jensen, Staci. "Montessori Parent: Bringing Montessori Home." From Montessori Life, Fall 2013.

Kordas, Mary Ellen. "Montessori from My Perspective." February 2014.

McTamaney, Catherine. "On the Topic of Toileting." This article first appeared in M: The Magazine for Montessori Families, March/April 2006.

Peters, Dane. "Montessori Transitions: Into, Within and Beyond." This article first appeared in the 2011 Edition of The Parents League Review. Included here by permission of The Parents League Review.

Shortridge, P. Donohue. "Montessori Parent: Your Smartphone or Your Life." From Montessori Life, Spring 2014.

Shortridge, P. Donohue. “The Montessori Family’s Role.”*

Shortridge, P. Donohue. “Discipline as Guidance.”*

Shortridge, P. Donohue. “Spring Cleaning as Brain Food.”*

* P. Donohue Shortridge, Montessori consultant and family coach, generously shared these articles with us. For more of her articles for Montessori parents, visit Donohue’s website.



Even a casual Web search for books about Montessori will yield many hundreds of titles. Here’s our short list of works that speak directly to parents, along with recommended books about childrearing that reflect the Montessori approach.


E. Mortimer Standing, The Montessori Method: A Revolution in Education

Rita Kramer, Maria Montessori: A Biography

Angeline Lillard, The Science Behind the Genius

Paula Polk and L. L. Jessen, Montessori from the Start

Nancy McCormick Rambusch, Learning How to Learn: An American Approach to Montessori’s Writings

Dr. Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method

Dr. Maria Montessori, Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook

Dr. Maria Montessori, The Advanced Montessori Method, I & II

Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Dr. Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential

Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood

Britton, Lesley. Montessori Play and Learn: A Parents Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six.

Deak, JoAnn. Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters.

Eissler, Trevor. Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education.

Galinksy, Ellen. Ask the Children: The Breakthrough Study That Reveals How to Succeed at Work and Parenting.

Galinsky, Ellen, and David, Judy. Ask the Children: What America’s Children Really Think About Working Parents.

Galinksy, Ellen. Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.

Galinksy, Ellen. The Six Stages of Parenthood.

Hainstock, Elizabeth G. The Essential Montessori: An Introduction to the Woman, the Writings, the Method, and the Movement.

Hainstock, Elizabeth G. Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-school Years.

Hainstock, Elizabeth G. Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years.

Lillard, Paula Polk. Montessori: A Modern Approach.

Lillard, Paula Polk. Montessori in the Classroom: A Teacher's Account of How Children Really Learn.

Lillard, Paula Polk. Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood.

McFarland, Jim, and McFarland, Sonnie. Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self.

Nelsen, Jane. Positive Discipline books

Pitamic, Maja, and McCarthy, Claire. Child's Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler.

Schmidt, Maren, with Schmidt, Dana. Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents.

Thompson, Michael, and Barker, Teresa. It’s a Boy! Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18.

Thompson, Michael, and Kindlon, Dan. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.

Wolf, Aline. A Parents’ Guide to the Montessori Classroom.

Wolf, Aline. Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children.

Wolf, Aline. World of the Child: A Fable for Parents.



These magazines, published by AMS and other leading Montessori organizations, offer a wealth of insight and information about Montessori education.

Montessori International, published quarterly by the Montessori St. Nicholas Charity, features articles about child development and activity ideas for school and home.

Montessori Life, the American Montessori Society’s award-winning quarterly publication,  is available through membership with AMS. Subscriptions without membership are also available; visit Shop AMS.

Tomorrow’s Child, published 5 times a year by The Montessori Foundation, explores the questions parents ask most often about the Montessori approach, at school and at home.

Suggested Books & Publications

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