For more than a year now I’ve been conducting a self-directed research project on the Science of Reading, and I’ve started to share what I’ve learned in Science of Reading Saturdays posts on Instagram. Many people have asked for book suggestions, so if you’re interested in learning more, below you can find a list of books which I have read and can personally recommend. In the fall issue of Today’s Parent magazine I’m sharing my personal/professional journey and how my research has impacted my classroom practice, so watch for that too!
For general classroom teachers, reading instructors/consultants, etc.
(I filled these ones with sticky notes. If you are a parent who does not work in education but wants to know more, I would suggest the first two.)
Reading For Life: High Quality Literacy Instruction For All by Lyn Stone
Know Better, Do Better: Teaching the Foundations So Every Child Can Read by David Liben and Meredith Liben
A Fresh Look At Phonics by Wally Blevins
Speech To Print by Louisa Moats
For special education teachers/consultants, others who work with struggling readers (Note that what’s necessary for dyslexic students/struggling readers can also be beneficial for whole classroom instruction and statistically most general classrooms will include some of these kids; I just recommend classroom teachers start with the top section of books before moving to these ones.)
Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz and Jonathan Shaywitz
Essentials of Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties by David Kilpatrick
For anyone who wants to dig deeper into brain research/neuroscience, etc.
(I have lots of sticky notes in these ones too but they’re heavier and not as practical)
Language at the Speed of Sight by Mark Seidenberg
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read by Stanislas Dehaene
The Reading Mind by Daniel Willingham
Reader, Come Home by Maryanne Wolf
If you have any questions I’m happy to answer – also please let me know what I should read next!