My Reading List for Parents (and Non-Parents and Teachers, too) — Oldies, But Goodies and New Stuff, Too

There is no particular order to these. Meander through and pick ones that strike your fancy!

  • Conroy, Pat. (1972). The Water is Wide. New York: Avon. — ALSO, SEE: the movie version, Conrak starring Jon Voigt, Paul Winfield, and others. Expensive on Amazon, but may be available in parts on YouTube.
  • Kohl, Herbert. (1967/1988). 36 Children. New York: Plume. — The book responsible for my diversion into teaching.

New Recommended Books


Nora Bateson's New Book: Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns — a scientific-psychological-social-poetic-artistic exploration of complexity, learning, life, and the big issues we're facing.

Available from Amazon

Also available from: Triarchy Press


Tyler Volk's New Book: Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be — a further exploration of metapatterns

Available from Columbia University Press.
When ordering from the publisher (Columbia University Press), use QUARK to receive a 30% discount (until December, 2018).

Also available for a substantial savings from Amazon.


Underlined text indicates links to the resources or information about the resources.

Teaching & Learning

  • Bloom, J. W. (2006). Creating a classroom community of young scientists (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Bloom, J. W. (1998). Creating a classroom community of young scientists: A teacher’s desktop companion. Concord, Ontario: Irwin Publishing.
  • Fraser, S., & Gestwicki, C. (2001). Authentic childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the classroom. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.
  • Wein, C. A. (2008). Emergent curriculum in the primary classroom: Interpreting the Reggio Emilia approach in schools. New York: Teachers College Press.


  • Ball, P. (2009). Branches: Nature's patterns - a tapestry in three parts. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ball, P. (2009). Flow: Nature's patterns - a tapestry in three parts. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ball, P. (2009). Flow: Nature's patterns - a tapestry in three parts. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Barabási, A.-L. (2010). Bursts: The hidden pattern behind everything we do. New York: Dutton.
  • Bateson, G. (1991). A sacred unity: Further steps to an ecology of mind. New York: Cornelia & Michael Bessie Book/Harper Collins.
  • Bateson, G., & Bateson, M. C. (2005, 1987). Angels fear: Towards an epistemology of the sacred. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Bejan, A., & Peder Zane, J. (2012). Design in nature: How the construct law governs evolution in biology, physics, technology, and social organization. New York: Anchor Books.
  • Burke, J. (1978). Connections. Boston: Little, Brown & Company.
  • Carroll, S. B. (2005). Endless forms most beautiful: The new science of evo dev. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Coward, L. A. (1990). Pattern thinking. New York: Praeger.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Forsythe, A. (1989). The architecture of animals: The equinox guide to wildlife structures. Camden East, Ontario, Canada: Camden House.
  • Gould, S. J. (1987). Time's arrow, Time's cycle: Myth and metaphor in the discovery of geological time. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Hall, E. T. (1966). The hidden dimension. New York: Doubleday Anchor.
  • Kappraff, J. (1991). Connections: The geometric bridge between art and science. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Kelso, J. A. S., & Engstrøm, D. A. (2006). The complementary nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Koestler, A. (1967). The ghost in the machine. New York: Macmillan.
  • Lakoff, G., & Johnson, M. (1980). Metaphors we live by. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • McHarg, I. L. (1971, 1969). Design with nature. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday & Company.
  • Stevens, P. S. (1974). Patterns in nature. Boston: Little, Brown & Company.
  • Thompson, D'A. W. (1992, 1942). On growth and form: The complete revised edition. New York: Dover Publications.
  • Volk, T. (1995). Metapatterns: Across space, time, and mind. New York: Columbia University Press.

Systems and Systems Thinking

  • Harries-Jones, P. (2002). A recursive vision: Ecological understanding and Gregory Bateson. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press.
  • Weinberg, G. M. (2001, 1975). An introduction to general systems thinking (Silver Anniversary Edition). New York: Dorset House Publishing.
  • Wilbur, K. (1996). A brief history of everything. Boston: Shambhala Publications.
  • Wilder, C., & Weakland, J. H. (eds.). (1981). Rigor & imagination: Essays from the legacy of Gregory Bateson. New York: Praeger.


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