These are some of the books I’ve read on these subjects and would recommend. Doesn’t mean I agree with everything in every book, but if they made the list, I think they’re worth a read if you’re interested in the subject.


  • The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
  • The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori
  • The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Toddler: A Parent’s Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being by Simone Davies
  • The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding by Simone Davies and Junnifa Uzodike
  • Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen
  • Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood by Paula Polk Lillard
  • Montessori: A Modern Approach: The Classic Introduction to Montessori for Parents and Teachers by Paula Polk Lillard
  • Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Stoll Lillard
  • How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin
    • Nice succinct little introduction to the Montessori method, even if it is quite shallow. Would be a good book to recommend to an interested parent (with a short attention span and a preference for glossy photos) if he or she doesn’t want to dive into The Absorbent Mind.

Classical Education

  • The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education by Ravi Jain
  • The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer

Music Education

  • Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki
  • Ability Development from Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki
  • Teaching from the Balance Point by Edward Kreitman
  • Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families by Christine E. Goodner
  • Positive Practice: 5 Steps to Help Your Child Develop a Love of Music by Christine E. Goodner

Bilingual Education

  • The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language by Kendall King and Alison Mackey
  • Bilingual Families: A Practical Language Planning Guide by Eowyn Crisfield


  • The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon
  • How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig
  • The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie


  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
    • The standout takeaway for me with this one was the East vs West take on the idea of genius. And how too many Westerners are prone to write-off somebody successful as ‘genius’ and not give credit to their work ethic or take their failures into consideration. Whereas Easterners have a tendency to believe anything is possible if you’re just willing to work hard enough. At least, in the realm of academia. I believe the Eastern approach is more scientifically valid and must be explained to students to keep them motivated.
  • Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
  • A Chance to Dance: A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Dance Education by Betsy Bradley