Introductory Book List
Lillard, Paula P. (1996)
Describes Montessori theory and contemporary American Montessori schools serving ages ranging from birth to adulthood.
Montessori from the Start
Lillard, Paula P.; Jessen, Lynn L. (2003)
What parents can do to help their youngest children in the process of self-formation.
To Educate the Human Potential
Montessori, Maria. (1948)
Describes the needs of the elementary-aged child in the process of acquiring culture.
The Absorbent Mind
Montessori, Maria. (1949)
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.
The Child in the Family
Montessori, Maria. (1956)
A series of short essays about the child, the family, and the school, with a philosophical emphasis.
From Childhood to Adolescence
Montessori, Maria. (1973)
Discusses the development and education of the child from age seven through adolescence. Includes Dr. Montessori's thoughts on university education.
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work
Standing, E. M. (1957)
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 Secret of Childhood
Montessori, Maria. (1936)
An introduction, both practical and theoretical, including observations and insights into the nature of young children.
Education and Peace
Montessori, Maria. (1943)
Essays including lectures from the 6th International Montessori Congress in Copenhagen in 1937.
Education for a New World
Montessori, Maria. (1946)
A discussion of the role of education in a changing world.
The Discovery of the Child
Montessori, Maria. (1948)
Early writings of Dr. Montessori highlighting the materials and the work of the child in the primary class (ages 3-6).
The Formation of Man
Montessori, Maria. (1955)
Dr. Montessori's approach to world literacy.
The Human Tendencies and
Montessori, Mario. (1966)
A classic essay on the imagination, the natural characteristics of the child, and the integration of human development and history.
Education for Human Development:
Montessori Jr., Mario M. (1977)
The ideas of Montessori from a philosophical, psychological, and educational point of view. Foreword by Buckminster Fuller.
Maria Montessori: A Biography
Kramer, Rita. (1976)
The Advanced Montessori Method
Vol. 1: Spontaneous Activity in Education
Vol. 2: The Montessori Elementary Material
Montessori, Maria. (1917)
A collection of essays including both theory and practice at the elementary level.