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Recommended Reading

If you are a parent interested in Montessori education, or whose child is already enrolled at IMSP and would like to understand Montessori further, we recommend the following books:

Montessori Books

Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler

Montessori: The Science behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lilliard

Montessori from the Start by Paula Polk Lillard 

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

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

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

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

Nurturing the Spirit by Aline Wolf

Understanding the Human Being by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro

The Development of the Human Potential by Mario M. Montessori

The Absorbent Mind by Dr. Maria Montessori

The Secret of Childhood by Dr. Maria Montessori

From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori

The Advanced Montessori Method by Dr. Maria Montessori

The Discovery of the Child by Dr. Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method by Dr. Maria Montessori

Spontaneous Activity in Education by Dr. Maria Montessori

To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori

The Child in the Family by Dr. Maria Montessori

Education and Peace by Dr. Maria Montessori



Parents may also be interested in Aid to Life, a website that gives insight into the healthy development of children from birth to age 6 and how you can support that development.

Non-Montessori Books

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson

Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today: Education - Our Children - Their Futures by Ken Robinson

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn

Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Caring, Compassionate Kids by Nancy Carlsson-Paige

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk: 20th Anniversary Edition by Adele Faber

Siblings without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber

Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 by Chip Wood