Documents and Resources

Montessori Resources

  • The Absorbent Mind, by Maria Montessori, trans. Claude A. Claremont
  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. 1: Spontaneous Activity in Education, by Maria Montessori, trans. Florence Simmonds & Lily Hutchinson.
  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol.2: Materials for Educating Elementary School Children, by Maria Montessori, trans. Arthur Livingston
  • Basic Ideas of Montessori Educational Theory: Extracts from Maria Montessori Writings and Teachings, compiled by Paul Oswald and Günter Schulz-Benesch, trans. Lawrence Salmon
  • The California Lectures of Maria Montessori, 1915: Collected Speeches and Writings, ed. Robert G. Buckenmeyer
  • The Child in the Family, by Maria Montessori, trans. Nancy Rockmore Cirillo.
  • The Child, Society and the World: Unpublished Speeches and Writings of Maria Montessori, trans. by Caroline Juler & Heather Yesson.
  • From Childhood to Adolescence, by Maria Montessori, based on the 1976 revised Schocken edition.
  • The Discovery of the Child, by Maria Montessori, trans. M. Joseph Costelloe, S.J
  • To Educate the Human Potential, by Maria Montessori
  • Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori, by Mario M. Montessori, Jr.
  • Education for a New World, by Maria Montessori.
  • Education and Peace, by Maria Montessori, trans. Helen R. Lane.
  • The Formation of Man, by Maria Montessori, trans. A.M. Joosten
  • What You Should Know About Your Child, based on lectures by Maria Montessori.
  • Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook, by Maria Montessori. 1988
  • Maria Montessori: A Biography, by Rita Kramer. 1988
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, by E. Mortimer Standing. 1995
  • Michael Olaf’s Essential Montessori: A Guide and Catalogue for Montessori Education from Birth, at Home and at School, by Susan Stephenson. Published annually
  • Montessori in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Account of How Children Really Learn, by Paula Polk Lillard. 1997
  • The Science Behind the Genius, by Angeline Stoll Lillard
  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, edited by Margaret Howard Loeffler. 1992
  • The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori. 1989.
  • Montessori: A Modern Approach, by Paula Polk Lillard, 1988.
  • Montessori Read and Write: A Parents’ Guide to Literacy for Children, by Lynne Lawerence. 1998
  • Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood, by Paula Polk. 1996.
  • The Secret of Childhood, by Maria Montessori 1992.
  • The Spiritual Hunger of the Modern Child, with a chapter by Maria Montessori. 1984.


  • The Montessori Music Curriculum for Children up to Six Years of Age, dissertation by Jean Karen Miller.
  • Montessori Music: A Guide to Using the Bells, available from Neinhuis Montessori USA, 320 Pioneer Way, Mountain View, CA 94041 (800) 942-8697


  • Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community, by Alfie Kohn. 1996.
  • No Contest: The Case against Competition, by Alfie Kohn. 1992.
  • Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with GoldStars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes, by Alfie Kohn
  • Brain Development and Intelligence
  • Creating Minds: Na Anatomy of Creativity Seen through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Grahm, and Gandhi, by Howard E. Gardner. 1994
  • Endangered Minds: Why Our Children Don’t Think, by Jane M. Healy. 1991
  • Extraordinary Minds, by Howard Gardner. 1998
  • Failure to Connect: Why Computers are Damaging to Our Children’s Minds and What We Can Do About It, by Jane M. Healy.
  • Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, by Howard E. Gardner. 1993
  • How to Have Intelligent and Creative Conversations with Your Kids, by Jane M. Healy. 1994
  • Intelligence: Multiple Perspectives, by Howard Gardner, et al. 1996
  • Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice, by Howard E. Gardner. 1993.
  • Your Child’s Growing Mind: A Guide to Learning and Brain Development from Birth to Adolescence, by Jane M. Healy. 1994

Cosmic Education

  • Befriending the Earth, by Thomas Berry and Stephen Dunn. 1991
  • The Dream of the Earth, by Thomas Berry. 1990
  • Growing Up Green: Education for Ecological Renewal, by David Hutchison and Thomas Berry
  • The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story, by Brian Swimme. 1996
  • The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story, by Brian Swimme. 1988
  • The Universe Story: From Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era, by Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry. 1994.

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