It has always been important to me to raise an independent and confident child, which is why I love the Montessori method. If you feel the same way as me, remember that these methods don’t have to stay in the classroom. You can easily bring them into your home as well and one way to do so is by bringing in Montessori books that encourage these concepts!
What is Montessori?
First things first! The Montessori Method is an educational program designed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The program’s core mission is to develop students who are capable, accountable, knowledgeable people with a strong sense of self they will need to thrive in the real world. The key difference in Montessori is that the education is student-led and self-paced but guided and assessed by teachers. The Montessori Method believes that growth and key education start from birth through age 6 and it is a critical time to set a strong foundation for a child’s future. And, the methods don’t apply solely to school! You can bring the Montessori Method into your home with toys and books that encourage these concepts.
To learn more, you can visit the American Montessori Society webpage.
Montessori Books for Kids
These Montessori-friendly books teach about the real world with realistic illustrations and situations. Here are our top 10 favorite Montessori-friendly books.
This book has a unique rhythm that children love to read along with but also teaches kids about animals and colors. Children all ages will love the beautiful illustrations.
This unique, innovative trace-and-flip book helps children to discover the numbers 1 through 20 and learn to count! Toddlers can trace each number by following the tracks with a finger to become familiar with its shape. There is also a colorful lift-the-flap on page that includes one of the featured objects to encourage counting. We love it because it’s interactive and fun!
We love this book because it teaches actions with images such as a “snoring granny” and a “dreaming child.” It’s a fun repetitive style book that has realistic drawings.
This lift-the-flap is a favorite of my youngest. Each page of this board book reveals a surprising opposite that makes for a truly original way for toddlers to learn about words and concepts.
This is an absolute must book if you have a toddler who hasn’t quite grasped how to tell you what they are feeling. The book teaches children how to read emotions while also understanding their own. Sometimes little people have some big feels and this book teaches them how to express them.
This lift-the-flap book is a fan favorite in our house. A child writes the zoo about wanting a pet and they send him all kinds of animals. It’s fun to discover each one and the reason he returns each “pet.”
This adorable book is great for early readers. A simple tale about a boy and his stuff monkey who go for a walk and fall into some muddy fun.
A great book for learning about our world and the natural wonders that it offers. Children will love the photography. This book encourages children to be adventurous and explore the world.
Two Resource Books for Parents We Love
If you are looking to learn more about Montessori and how to bring it in to you home, the two books below are for you!
We love this book because it helps parents understand the method but also gives great ideas to keep your children active and learning from 2 to 6 years old, which is often the ages they are home the most before they enter school.
If you are just starting out or if you have questions about the Montessori Method, this is the book for you! It teaches parents everything needed to follow the Montessori Method but also answers any concerns parents have about teaching, effects on children, etc. It is the best resource guide out there.
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