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Top 3 - Must Read Montessori Books

Understanding the Human Being

These are my top three Montessori books for parents who want to raise their children the Montessori way. Which book I would recommend to you really depends on the age of your child/ren and your existing Montessori knowledge. There are also a ton of other great books that I would recommend depending on your personal circumstance (or that of your child). By no means have I read all Montessori related books but if you would like a personal book recommendation feel free to ask in the comments. 

Overall these three books are standouts, absolute gems, life changing.


1. Understanding the Human Being. The Importance of the First Three Years of LIfe. By Silvana  Quattrocchi Montanaro MD.

This is recommended reading for anyone in pregnancy or with an infant. Especially relevant in the first year of life. This is THE Montessori baby book. 

I can totally go on all day about how great this book is. Before reading it I really had little idea about Montessori for the first three years. It isn't prescriptive. The tone is so gentle and warm. Reading it again makes me want to have another baby! 

The book starts at Prenatal Life and flows to Birth right through to topics such as Weaning, Language Development and Movement. It contains a small amount of photographs, really just enough to illustrate the idea presented. 

A wonderful, uncomplicated read. 


2. How to Raise an Amazing Child The Montessori Way. By Tim Seldin.

You have probably already read this! Great book. Must read. I would recommend it to anyone who is new to Montessori and wants to get a feel for what it is really about. I found this a great introduction to Montessori and left me wanting more. Tim has done an amazing job at attracting thousands (millions?) of families to Montessori through this book. 

This is another warm and friendly read. It also contains lots of great activity ideas even if you don't take the Montessori path. 


3. The Absorbent Mind. By Maria Montessori.

I would recommend this to every parent who has an interest in Montessori with some existing background knowledge. The first time I read this book it was like now everything makes sense. It really explains the why, the reasoning behind so many of the Montessori concepts. 

I also think that if your interest in Montessori is progressing, perhaps you are considering a Montessori school or taking Montessori in the home further, you need to read Maria Montessori.  I think this is the best place to start. 


Wow! Three powerful books. I'd love to hear your Top 3. Are they the same as mine? I wonder.


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