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Whether you’re interested in expanding your own Montessori book collection or are shopping for a colleague or friend, you’ll find a wealth of recommendations below. To purchase, just click on the title.

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By Maria Montessori
About Montessori
For Parents
For Educators

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By Maria Montessori

The Absorbent Mind
Author:
Maria Montessori
Price: $14.82

First published in 1948, Maria Montessori's most iconic book, The Absorbent Mind, takes its title from the phrase that the inspired Italian doctor coined to characterize the child's most crucial developmental stage: the first 6 years.

 

 



The Discovery of the Child
Author:
Maria Montessori
Price: $7.19

Maria Montessori went beyond the conventions of the day to seek a new way of knowing and loving a child. In this book—as relevant today as when it was first published in 1948—she describes the nature of the child and her method of working more fully with the child's urge to learn. 

 

 


The Montessori Method
Author:
Maria Montessori
Price: $13.46

Originally published in 1912, The Montessori Method puts great emphasis on self-directed activity as a path towards the independent child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher to facilitate child development. 

 

 



The Secret of Childhood
Author:
Maria Montessori
Price: $7.19

For a child, there is no greater sense of accomplishment than completing a task by him/herself. As relevant today as when originally published in 1936, Maria Montessori's The Secret of Childhood offers techniques and materials to assist independent activities, lending the phrase, “Help me to do it alone.”

 



From Childhood to Adolescence
Author: Maria Montessori
Price: $30.97

In this work, first published in 1948, Maria Montessori applies her genius to the educational concerns of the older child—the adolescent and even the mature university student. Also included are Montessori’s ideas for the “Erdkinder” program—the fusion of academic and practical work skills to better equip and prepare adolescents for the real world.

 



To Educate the Human Potential
Author:
Maria Montessori
Price: $23.99

Intended to help teachers to envisage students’ needs in the Elementary years (7 – 12), this book addresses a range of topics including child psychology, morality, imagination, subconscious, and the presentation of the universe. It also addresses questions children of this age ask, such as “What am I?” and “What is the task of man in this wonderful universe?”

 



Education and Peace
Author: Maria Montessori
Price: $31.37

Maria Montessori lived through 2 World Wars—and became an impassioned pacifist. This book is a collection of her heartfelt lectures on the topic. It was originally published in 1949—the first year that she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

 


 

About Montessori

The Montessori Controversy
Author: John Chattin-McNichols
Price: $120.77

An introduction to Montessori philosophy, teaching practices, curriculum, and research, this book also includes an account of Montessori’s detractors and supporters, and answers to common questions about the Montessori pedagogy and practice. Author John Chattin-McNichols was celebrated as AMS’s 2014 Living Legacy.

 



The Essential Montessori: An Introduction to the Woman, the Writings, the Method, and the Movement
Author: Elizabeth G. Hainstock
Price: $10.87

Concise and readable, The Essential Montessori is considered by many to be a definitive guide to the writings of Maria Montessori and to the teaching and application of her ideas in today's educational arena, as well as an indispensable sourcebook for teacher training programs, advice on choosing schools, materials needed for the classroom, and more. 
 

 


Maria Montessori: A Biography (Radcliffe Biography Series)
Author: Rita Kramer
Price: $18.25

Maria Montessori (1870–1952) brought about a revolution in the classroom. She developed a method of teaching and inspired a movement that carried her practice into every corner of the world. In her rich and forthright biography, Rita Kramer brings this powerful woman to life, illuminating not only her lasting contributions to child development and social reform, but also the controversies surrounding her training methods and private life.

 

 


Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
Author:
Angeline Stoll Lillard
Price: $17.16

More than 100 years ago, Maria Montessori devised a very different method of education. Do Dr. Montessori's theories and practices stand up to the scrutiny of modern-day developmental psychology? Can developmental psychology tell us anything about how and why Montessori methods work? Angeline Stoll Lillard shows that science has finally caught up with Maria Montessori. Lillard presents the research behind 8 insights that are foundations of Montessori education, and studies that show how children learn best. 

 

 


Montessori: A Modern Approach
Author: Paula Polk Lillard
Price: $10.92

Montessori: A Modern Approach has been called the single best book for anyone -- educator, childcare professional, and especially parent -- seeking answers to the questions: What is the Montessori method?

 

 


Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood
Author:
Paula Polk Lillard
Price: $10.55

Paula Polk Lillard, an internationally respected authority on Montessori theory and practice, provides a clear and cogent introduction to the Montessori program for early childhood through the later years of education.

 

 


 

For Parents

Montessori Play And Learn: A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six
Author:
Lesley Britton
Price: $17.43

This book is packed with ideas, activities, and games that can fit into your regular routine and help supplement preschool learning for your child.

 

 


Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries, and Phobias
Author: Tamar Chansky
Price: $10.40

Childhood anxiety disorder specialist, Tamar Chansky, examines all manifestations of childhood fears, including social anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome, hair-pulling, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and guides you through a proven program to help your child back to emotional safety. 

 

 


Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters
Author:
JoAnn Deak
Price: $16.00

Now available in paperback is a bold, fresh, and timely work that "offers parents humor, understanding, parenting philosophy, and well-founded pearls of wisdom." --Michael G. Thompson, PhD

 

 


Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education
Author:
Trevor Eissler
Price: $16.02

Montessori Madness! explains why the incremental steps politicians and administrators continue to propose are incremental steps in the wrong direction. The entire system must be turned on its head.

 

 


The Six Stages Of ParenthoodAuthor: Ellen Galinsky
Author: Ellen Galinsky
Price: $14.55

The first comprehensive study asking children and their mothers and fathers for their family views on work and family life offers dozens of proven strategies busy families can use to feel more successful at work and at home.

 

 


Ask the Children: The Breakthrough Study That Reveals How to Succeed at Work and Parenting
Author:
Ellen Galinsky
Price: $4.96

The first comprehensive study asking children and their mothers and fathers for their family views on work and family life offers dozens of proven strategies busy families can use to feel more successful at work and at home.

 

 


Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years
Author:
Elizabeth G. Hainstock
Price: $8.64

Claim quality togetherness with your child and fully enjoy the sensitive and formative years from two to five by adopting proven teaching techniques in your own home. This acclaimed guide puts the entire range of the Montessori system within your reach, so you can make the most of your child's vital years.

 

 


Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years
Author:
Elizabeth G. Hainstock
Price: $8.64

An authoritative guide for supplementing your child's basic math and language skills. 

 

 

 


 

Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self
Author:
Jim McFarland and Sonnie McFarland
Price: $19.12

The Montessori parenting approach is masterfully described in this easy-to-read book. Learn how to create a peaceful and loving home.

 

 

 


Positive Discipline
Author: Jane Nelson
Price: $9.60

For 25 years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, EdD, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of 7, has written a revised and expanded edition.

 

 


Positive Discipline A-Z Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems (Positive Discipline Library)
Author:
Jane Nelson
Price: $11.84

In this completely updated edition of Positive Discipline A–Z, you will learn how to use methods to raise a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful.

 

 


Positive Discipline The First Three Years

Positive Discipline: The First Three Years: From Infant to Toddler--Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child (Positive Discipline Library)
Author:
Jane Nelson
Price:$12.13

In Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, you'll learn how to use kind but firm support to raise a child who is both capable and confident.

 

 


Positive Discipline Preschool

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers: For Their Early Years--Raising Children Who are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful (Positive Discipline Library)
Author:
Jane Nelson
Price:$12.83

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers will teach you how to use methods to raise a child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful.

 

 


Positive Discipline for Teens

Positive Discipline for Teenagers, Revised 3rd Edition: Empowering Your Teens and Yourself Through Kind and Firm Parenting
Author:
Jane Nelson
Price:$12.73

Positive Discipline for Teenagers explains how to build stronger bridges of communication with your adolescent children and work toward greater mutual respect.

 

 


Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents
Author:
Maren Schmidt and Dana Schmidt
Price: $15.72

In Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents, Maren Schmidt explains the how's and why's of Montessori education while asserting that authentic Montessori education is the most effective way for children to learn.

 

 


Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
Author:
Michael Thompson and Dan Kindlon
Price: $9.94

In Raising Cain, child psychologists Dan Kindlon, PhD, and Michael Thompson, PhD, share what they have learned in more than 35 years of combined experience working with boys and their families.

 

 


It's a Boy! Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18
Author:
Michael Thompson and Teresa Barker
Price: $9.86

It’s a Boy! provides expert advice on the developmental, psychological, social, emotional, and academic life of boys from infancy through the teen years.

 

 

 


Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Author:
Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill-Grace
Price: $10.03

In this wise and insightful book, psychologist Michael Thompson, PhD, and children’s book author Catherine O’Neill Grace (a member of the Montessori Life Editorial Advisory Board), illuminate the crucial and often hidden role that friendship plays in the lives of children from birth through adolescence.

 

 


A Parents Guide to the Montessori Classroom
Author:
Aline Wolf
Price: $6.99

This guide gives a consise explanation of the method and materials used in the Montessori Early Childhood classroom. Author Aline Wolf was honored by the American Montessori Society as the 2006 Living Legacy. 

 

 

 


Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children: Applying Montessori Principles in the Home
Author:
Aline Wolf
Price: $6.99

Aline Wolf describes Montessori s insights about child development and the principles that flow from her observations. These principles can guide parents throughout the early years of their children s lives. Aline Wolf uses photos and practical examples throughout the book to show how Montessori s insights can be used at home.

 

 


World of the Child: A Fable for Parents
Author:
Aline Wolf
Price: $22.50

This storybook for adults reminds grown-ups to examine everyday items and activities through the eyes of our pint-sized children and gain a fresh understanding of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

 

 


Raising Your Twins: Real Life Tips on Parenting Your Children with Ease
Author:
Stephanie Woo
Price: $8.49

When you have twins, multiples, or simply children close in age, you have no time to waste. As a mother of twins, Stephanie Woo knows you need the most effective way to raise multiple children simultaneously.

 

 

 


 

For Educators

I Wonder What's Out There: A Vision of the Universe for Primary Classes
Author:
Joanne Alex
Price: $14.95

By bringing the wonder of the universe to young children with this creative collection of ideas and activities, this work entices youngsters to marvel at the sky, stars, and space, and relate it to their everyday lives.

 


 

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