Recommended for student teachers
Reading Instruction: what science really tells us about
how to teach reading.
Prof. Diane McGuinness.
MIT Press. McGuinness
describes this book as ''largely an inductive analysis of the
historical evidence and the empirical research on reading [and
''McGuinness anticipates by more than 10 years some of the
areas covered by Prof. Seindenberg in his excellent book [see
below] as well as much more'' (John
''(Y)ou can do no better than to read Diane McGuinness’
Early Reading Instruction: What Science Really Tells Us about
How to Teach Reading'' says English teacher
and author David Didau, writer of ''the second most influential
education blog in the UK''
''Having resisted for many years'', Prof. Dylan Wiliam says
he's ''now persuaded by Diane McGuinness's work on the
importance of linguistic phonics'' (Prof.
Children Can't Read: and what we can do about it.
Prof. Diane McGuinness, with a foreword by Prof. Steven Pinker:
''(O)ne of the most important books of the decade''. Pub. Penguin. USA edition (in print) Why our children can't read and what we can do about it.
''A superb achievement...This clearly written and
authoritative work is the work to read for parents and
teachers who wish everyone in our democracy to be able to read''
(E.D. Hirsch, Jr.)
''If you only ever read two books about language and literacy, make them "The Language Instinct" by Steven Pinker and "Why Children Can't Read" by Diane McGuinness'' http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2013/03/language-and-literacy/
X Language Development and Learning to Read: the scientific
study of how language
development affects reading skill.
This is a companion volume to Diane McGuinness's 'Early Reading
FREE. An introduction
to the English Alphabet Code. Diane McGuinness
Phonics and the Resistance to Reading
Mike Lloyd-Jones. Kindle edition available.
''(A) robust demolition of the arguments put up against phonics and an exposure of the damage and harm resulting from the longstanding muddle of teaching reading using ‘mixed methods’'
John Walker reviews 'Phonics and the Resistance to Reading'
X That Spelling Thing:
lessons & resources for classroom teachers in upper primary, secondary, college and adult education. Tricia
Spelling Thing' teaches children how to spell *everything* (not
just spelling lists) & is deeply rooted in best research &
(Monique. specialist reading&spelling tutor)
Schoolchildren Can't Read.
Dr. Bonnie Macmillan. Pub. IEA.
Published in 1997 but still essential reading if you're interested in what
the research actually says about the best ways to teach reading and the disparity between research and practice.
to read online:
Chapter 4 in Handbook of Early Literacy Research.
Volume 2. Ed. by Dickinson & Neuman. Pub. Guilford
Literacy Development: Insights from Research on Skilled Reading. Ashby and Rayner.
(and chapter) is available for preview on Google Books.
Chapter 27 in Handbook of Orthography and Literacy.
Ed. by Joshi and Aaron.
Theoretical Framework for
Beginning Reading in Different Orthographies. Philip H
Chapter 9 in Wiley Handbook of Developmental Psychology
in Practice: Implementation and Impact.
trials & tribulations of changing how reading is taught in
schools: synthetic phonics & the educational backlash.
Profs. Rhona Johnston & Joyce Watson.
This book (and chapter)
is available for preview on Google Books
Rose Report 2006. Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading.
FREE download. Foundation document for UK-style synthetic phonics
Reading in the Brain: the science and evolution of a human
Prof. Dehaene. Pub. Penguin.
Reflective Reading: Engaging and Practical Ideas for Teaching
Reading Comprehension in the Primary Classroom. Anne Glennie.
Cranachan Publishing Limited
Why Knowledge Matters:
rescuing our children from failed educational theories.
Prof. E. D Hirsch, Jnr. Pub. Harvard Education Press.
efficient & therefore most pleasurable method of teaching
decoding is called synthetic phonics'' p251.
X Language at the speed of sight: How we read, why so many
can't, and what can be done about it.
Prof. Mark Seidenberg. Pub.
Basic Books. 2017. Kindle edition available.
discusses a number of key quotes from Mark Seidenberg’s book
X Thinking Reading: what every secondary teacher needs
to know about reading.
James and Dianne Murphy. Pub.
John Catt Educational Ltd. 2018.
Closing The Vocabulary Gap.
Alex Quigley. Pub. David Fulton. 2018.
Useful for information
on etymology, morphology, Latin and Greek vocabulary and
in Understanding Reading and Learning to Read: From Politics to Science.
This academic book summarizes the gains that
have been made in key areas of reading research and provides authoritative insights
on the controversies and debates.
FREE. Dyslexia. Hugo Kerr.
FREE booklet: Spelling
Theory and a Lexicon of English Spellings.
The Dyslexia Debate
Profs. Julian Elliott and Elena Grigorenko. Pub CUP. Kindle edition available.
''An examination of how we use the term 'dyslexia' and its failings as a clinical diagnosis. Taking into account the latest research in cognitive science, genetics, and neuroscience''
Free excerpt p1-10. What is dyslexia?: http://assets.cambridge.org/97805211/19863/excerpt/9780521119863_excerpt.pdf
X The Clackmannanshire study: A Seven Year Study of the Effects of Synthetic Phonics Teaching on Reading and Spelling Attainment.
Prof. Johnston & Dr. Watson. 2005. Foundational research on UK-style synthetic phonics.
a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy.
Prof. Diane McGuinness.
A parent and layperson's guide to speech development: understanding a child's emerging
language from first babblings to a five year old's mastery of reading.
1999. The End of Illiteracy? Tom Burkard. Pub. Centre for
1996. Reading Fever: Why phonics must come first. Turner / Burkard.
Pub. Centre for Policy Studies.
1991. Reading, Learning and the National Curriculum. Martin
Turner. Pub. Centre for Policy Studies.
Children Don't Learn: understanding the biology and psychology of learning disabilities.
Diane McGuinness. Pub. Basic Books.
Sex differences in language, reading, maths, hyperactivity (ADHD) and the implications for classroom and parenting practices.
1981. Why Johnny STILL can't read: a new look at the scandal
of our schools. Flesch. Pub. HarperCollins.
Follow up to his
earlier influential polemic -see below.
Spite of the Alphabet: a study of the teaching of reading. Hunter Diack. Pub.
Chatto & Windus.
Very interesting and readable guide to the history of the teaching of reading
in the UK. Diack was joint author of the phonics-based 'Royal Road Readers' available
in the 1960s.
Johnny Can't Read: and what you can do about it. Flesch. Pub. HarperCollins.
The original 'Why' book. Kindle edition available.
1898. Nellie Dale’s Book ‘On the Teaching of English Reading’
In the Days When Reading Instruction Was Not a Problem: Nellie Dale and the Dale Readers
1889. Rebecca Pollard's Manual of Synthetic Reading and Spelling
N.B. Pollard's method used diacritic markings, unlike modern synthetic phonics.
1866. Reading without tears, or, A pleasant mode of learning to read by Favell Lee Mortimer.
Old alphabet and spelling books from the Devon Collection of Children’s Books