Reading List


Our team tries to read as many education-related books as possible. This list includes books that we have either previously read or are currently reading that contain social-emotional learning themes. Some are more closely tied to SEL than others, but all are highly recommended!


  1. Coding as a Playground, by Marina Umaschi Bers
  2. Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy, by Laura Rendón
  3. Immunity to Change, Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey
  4. A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician’s Tour of the Body, by Darshak Sanghavi
  5. Permission To Feel, by Marc Brackett
  6. Stillness is the Key, by Ryan Holiday
  7. Indistractable, by Nir Eyal
  8. One Base at a Time: How I Survived PTSD, by David R. Mellor

PREVIOUSLY READ (2016-present):

  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
  2. The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education, by Daniel Goleman
  3. Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life, by Michael Lewis
  4. Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday
  5. Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, by Chip Conley
  6. The Art of Breathing, by Danny Penman
  7. Dolphins in Trees, by Aaron Polansky
  8. Willpower Doesn’t Work, by Benjamin Hardy
  9. The Ball, by Todd Whitaker
  10. Open Heart, by Elie Wiesel
  11. What Made Maddy Run, by Kate Fagan
  12. The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin
  13. Situations Matter, by Sam Sommers
  14. Emotional Agility, by Susan David
  15. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
  16. The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt
  17. Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me, by Lenard McKelvey
  18. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, by Stephen Hawking
  19. Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
  20. Very Good Lives, by J.K. Rowling
  21. Designing Digital Experiences for Positive Youth Development: From Playpen to Playground, by Marina Umaschi Bers
  22. Getting Ready to Learn: Creating Effective, Educational Children’s Media, by Shelley Pasnik
  23. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, by Stephanie Land
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