Recommended Reading:

Books about the Montessori Method:

Montessori: The Science Behind The Genius
by: Angeline Lillard, PhD; Oxford University Press, 2005

Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood
by: Paula Polk Lillard; Schocken Books,1996

Montessori: A Modern Approach
by: Paula Polk Lillard; Schocken Books, 1972

Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in The Montessori Elementary Classroom
by: Michael and D'Neil Duffy; Parent Child Press, 2002


Books by Maria Montessori:

Published in a newer edition by Clio Press, Oxford, England

(The dates below are when the books were first published)
  • The Advanced Montessori Method I and II, 1900
  • The Montessori Method, 1909 - revised 1948
  • Dr. Montessori's own Handbook, 1911
  • The Discovery of the Child, 1913
  • Spontaneous Activity in Education, 1917
  • From Childhood to adolescence, including Erdkinder and the Function of the University, 1923
  • The Secret of Childhood, 1936
  • Childhood Education, 1949
  • The Absorbent Mind, 1949
  • The Child in the Family, 1956
  • Education For A New World, 1946
  • To Educate The Human Potential, 1948
  • The Formation of Man, 1955
  • What You Should Know About Your Child, 1948
  • The Child In The Family
  • Education For Human Development
  • Education and Peace


Books and DVD's about Parenting:

Many of these titles can be ordered through NAMTA:
http://www.montessori-namta.org/Print-Publications/Parent-Education

What is the Montessori Toddler Community?
What is Montessori Preschool?
What is Montessori Elementary?
Understanding the Human Being
The Normalized Child
Montessori Talks to Parents
Montessori From the Start
Montessori Read and Write: A Parent's Guide To Literacy For Children
In A Montessori Home (Infant/Toddler)
At Home With Montessori (3-6)

What's Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
by: Lise Eliot, Ph.D; Bantam Books, 1999

Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach
by: Howard Glasser, MA, and Jennifer Easley, MA; Nurtured Heart Publications, 1998

Positive Discipline A-Z (1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems)
by: Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, and H. Stephen Glenn Prima Publishing, 1993

Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual
by: Louise J. Kaplan, Ph.D; Simon and Schuster, 1978

Magical Child, by: Joseph Chilton Pearce, Penguin Books, 1977
The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, by: Joseph Chilton Pearce
Evolution's End; by: Joseph Chilton Pearce, Harper Collins,San Francisco, 1992

Introductory Book List

Here are some introductory books on Maria Montessori and Montessori education.

Lillard, Paula P. (1996). //__Montessori Today__.// New York: Random House. Order through NAMTA or from your local bookstore. ISBN 0-8052-1061-X, 207 pages, bibliography, index.
Describes Montessori theory and contemporary American Montessori schools serving ages ranging from birth to adulthood.

Lillard, Paula P.; Jessen, Lynn L. (2003). __Montessori from the Start__. New York: Schocken. Order through NAMTA or from your local bookstore. ISBN 0805211128. 304 pages.
What parents can do to help their youngest children in the process of self-formation.

Montessori, Maria. (1948). __To Educate the Human Potential__. Madras, India: Kalakshetra Publications. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
Describes the needs of the elementary-aged child in the process of acquiring culture.

Montessori, Maria. (1949). __//The Absorbent Mind.//__ Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. U.S. edition can be ordered online through Amazon.com.
Discusses the development of infants and young children from birth to three years. Gives a clear explanation of the basis of Montessori theory and method.

Montessori, Maria. (1956). __The Child in the Family__. Chicago: Henry Regnery. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
A series of short essays about the child, the family, and the school, with a philosophical emphasis.

Montessori, Maria. (1973). __From Childhood to Adolescence__. New York: Schocken. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
Discusses the development and education of the child from age seven through adolescence. Includes Dr. Montessori's thoughts on university education.

Standing, E. M. (1957). //__Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work__.// London: Hollis and Carter. Order through NAMTA.
Covers Maria Montessori's life, how she developed Montessori education, its theoretical basis, and the worldwide growth of the Montessori movement.


Advanced Book List

The following books give more in-depth information about Montessori education.

Kramer, Rita. (1976). Maria Montessori: A Biography. New York: Putnam's. Order online through Amazon.com.

Montessori, Maria. (1917). The Advanced Montessori Method (Vol. 1: Spontaneous Activity in Education;Vol. 2: The Montessori Elementary Material). New York: Frederick A. Stokes & Co. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
A collection of essays including both theory and practice at the elementary level.

Montessori, Maria. (1936). The Secret of Childhood. New York: Frederick A. Stokes and Co. Order current Orient Longman edition through NAMTA.
An introduction, both practical and theoretical, including observations and insights into the nature of young children.

Montessori, Maria. (1943). //Education and Peace.// Chicago: Henry Regnery. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
Essays including lectures from the 6th International Montessori Congress in Copenhagen in 1937.

Montessori, Maria. (1946). __//Education for a New World.//__ Madras, India: Kalakshetra Publications. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
A discussion of the role of education in a changing world.

Montessori, Maria. (1948). __The Discovery of the Child__. Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA. U.S. edition can be ordered online through Amazon.com.
Early writings of Dr. Montessori highlighting the materials and the work of the child in the primary class (ages 3-6).

Montessori, Maria. (1955). __The Formation of Man__. (first published in the U.S. under the title Childhood Education, New York: New American Library.) Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
Dr. Montessori's approach to world literacy.

Montessori, Mario. (1966). The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education. Amsterdam: Association Montessori Internationale.
A classic essay on the imagination, the natural characteristics of the child, and the integration of human development and history.

Montessori Jr., Mario M. (1977). //__Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori__.// New York: Schocken Books. Order Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company edition through NAMTA.
The ideas of Montessori from a philosophical, psychological, and educational point of view. Foreword by Buckminster Fuller.