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PSO Book Club

The PSO book club chooses books, usually around parenting or Montessori practices, that would be of interest to the community. All are welcome to join for discussions hosted by the book club throughout the year.


Our next discussion of the 2017-2018 school year will be about the book Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change by Barbara Coloroso.

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Sarah Lewis' home.

Description: Each day offers opportunities to give children the gift of inner discipline. But what are parents to do when daily routines get overshadowed by tragedy or traumatic events? What do we need to offer our children when they are faced with crisis or loss in their lives? In Parenting Through Crisis, Barbara Coloroso helps parents navigate family waters when they get turbulent, offering practical answers to difficult questions and situations.


  • The Parent Library in the Welcome Center has a few copies of this title.
  • You can also find new copies at Amazon for about $10.
  • Or used copies at Better World Books for about $4 including shipping.

Past books are listed below. Many of these are available for check out at the parent lending library.
Past PSO Book Club books


Turning Education Inside-Out Confessions of a Montessori Principal, Judy Dempsey

Montessori in the 20th Century, M. Shannon Helfrich
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite, William Deresiewicz
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
Nuture Shock , Chapter 3 , Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman

Montessori Today, Paula Polk Lillard
Parenting with Presence, Susan Stiffelman
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, John M. Gottman
The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn

The Talk, Sharon  Maxwell
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, Neale S. Godfrey
You are Not Special, David McCullough
Montessori Parenting, Dr. Jim and Sonnie McFarland

Free-range Kids, Lenore Skenazy
Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers, Gabor Maté and Gordon Neufeld