Book List for Infant/Toddler

All students must purchase or have access to the following books from the first day of training until the end of the practicum year. PCTE instructors assign readings from the following books throughout the training. Students also use them for completing assignments during the practicum phase.

Infant Toddler

These are the books students will need for reading assignments.  PCTE strongly recommends students purchase these books.  If this is not possible, students must have access to these books in order to complete their assignments.

The following books are needed during the summer course work for the Infant and Toddler Program:

  • Seeing Young Children:  A Guide to Observing and Recording Behavior,(6th edition). Benzen, Warren R.

Instructor and Course:  Frost, Observation

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy and for fall assignment completion

  • The Discovery of the Child, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy and Brenner, Environmental Design and for fall assignment completion

  • The Secret of Childhood, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Brenner, Environmental Design; Frost, Pedagogy and for fall assignment completion

  • The Absorbent Mind, Montessori, Maria ( Important!  buy from Amazon: ISBN-13: 9780805041569)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy and for fall assignment completion for Brenner, Environmental Design

  • The Montessori Method, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Frost, Pedagogy and Environmental Design and for fall assignment completion for Peruzzi, Environmental Design

  • Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work, Standing, E.M.

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy and for fall assignment completion for Brenner, Environmental Design

  • Theories of Childhood, Garhart Mooney, Carol (
ISBN I-884834-85-X)

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development;

  • Child Development*, Berk, Laura , Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development; Dr. Kildow, Child Development 0-3  (optional purchasing)

  • Nurturing the Spirit, Wolf, Aline D., Parent Child Press, 1996 (ISBN 0939195178)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

The following books are needed to complete assignments due at the Fall and Spring Seminars for the Infant and Toddler Program:

  • Discipline the Brazelton Way, Brazelton, T. Berry  and Sparrow, Joshua D.

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Program Leadership and Procedures

  • Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual, Kaplan, Louise

Instructor and Course:  Kildow, Child Development and Frost, Parent Issues

  • The World of the Child, Wolf, Aline

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori from the Start, Polk Lillard, Paula  and Lillard, Lynn

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Program Leadership and Procedures

  • Montessori Today, Polk Lillard, Paula

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Understanding the Human Being, Quattrocchi Montanaro, Silvana MD

Instructor and Course:  Kildow, Child Development

  • The Child in the Family, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol I, Montessori, Maria (Chapter 5)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • The Formation of Man, Montessori, Maria (Part I)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Education for a New World, Montessori, Maria (chapter 12)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

 Some books are available for limited use in the Nancy M. Rambusch Library.