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Montessori Book List

Montessori books on our bookshelf

Montessori Book List

Below are the Montessori books that rest on our bookshelves. Although they don't rest much as they are often used for reference, and to refresh on the Montessori philosophies and theories. Many of the books by Maria Montessori are from my AMI Montessori training (93/94) and were purchased through the FME (Foundation for Montessori Education, in Toronto, Ontario).

Beware when purchasing newer editions of the books written by Maria Montessori and translated by others. Often times the translations are lacking, and portions of the original text are missing - depending on which publisher you purchase from.

If you're a parent and you're looking for 1 book that explains how to best help your preschooler at home using the Montessori method then we highly recommend Montessori At Home! by John BowmanIn our opinion it's the most thorough, affordable, and accessible ebook for parents wanting to learn how to make and use Montessori early learning activities at home. You complete your payment and receive the eBook via email in a pdf file - now that's convenience!

Montessori At Home - A Complete Parent's Guide on using Montessori at Home with preschool children.

You can also visit your local library and consider borrowing the following: The Absorbent Mind, How to Raise an Amazing Child,  Montessori Madness!, Montessori From the Start, and Teaching Montessori in the Home.


If you're preparing to take your Montessori certification then you should contact your training center and request a list of recommended books (including the correct version/publisher). You can never read to many of Maria Montessori's books, so there's lots of reading in your future!

Unfortunately, we've not read every version from every publisher, so we're unable to advise which publishers to avoid. You can view a list of the books as recommended by Montessori-AMI.org - meaning they are AMI approved translations.  

Suggested Montessori Book List



The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori

The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Translated by Claude A. Claremont
Publisher - Kalakshetra Press, India






The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori

The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori
Translated and Edited by Barbara Barclay Carter
Publisher - Orient Longman








The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori


The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori
Translated by Mary A. Johnstone
Publisher - Kalakshetra Press, India








The Advanced Montessori Method (Volume One) by Maria Montessori


The Advanced Montessori Method (Volume One) by Maria Montessori
Translated by Florence Simmonds and Lily Hutchinson
Publisher - Kalakshetra Press, India

(Scientific Pedagogy as applied to the education of children from seven to eleven years)






The Formation of Man by Maria Montessori

The Formation of Man by Maria Montessori
Translated by A.M Joosten
Publisher - Kalakshetra Press, India







Education and Peace by Maria Montessori

Education and Peace by Maria Montessori
Translated by Helen R. Lane
Publisher - Kalakshetra Press, India









The Child In The Family by Maria Montessori


The Child In The Family by Maria Montessori
(The Clio Montessori Series)
Publisher - Clio Press







Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori


Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori
(The Clio Montessori Series) - Mario M. Montessori, Jr.
Publisher - Clio Press








How To Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin




How To Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin







Montessori From The Start by Paula Polk Lillard & Lynn Lillard Jessen


Montessori From The Start by Paula Polk Lillard & Lynn Lillard Jessen










Montessori Madness! by Trevor Eissler


Montessori Madness! - Trevor Eissler
(A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education)
(view website here)







Teaching Montessori In The Home (The Preschool Years) - Elizabeth G. Hainstock


Teaching Montessori In The Home (The Preschool Years)
  by Elizabeth G. Hainstock









Understanding the Human Being - Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro


Understanding the Human Being by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro
(The Importance of the First Three Years of Life)








Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard



Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
(A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood)









The Essential Montessori by Elizabeth Hainstock


The Essential Montessori
by Elizabeth Hainstock
(An introduction to the woman, the writings, the method, and the movement)








Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
(The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes)