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Recommended for student teachers and NQTs (primary) X (secondary) X

X Early Reading Instruction: what science really tells us about how to teach reading.
Prof. Diane McGuinness. MIT Press.
McGuinness says this book is ''largely an inductive analysis of the historical evidence and the empirical research on reading [and spelling] instruction''

''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 Walker)

''(Y)ou can do no better than to read Diane McGuinness’ masterful, 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''

X Why 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. Pub. Simon&Schuster.

''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 Instruction'

XX FREE. An introduction to the English Alphabet Code. Diane McGuinness

Phonics and the Resistance to Reading
Mike Lloyd-Jones.
''(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 Millar. https://thatspellingthing.com/about-the-book/ ''That Spelling Thing' teaches children how to spell *everything* (not just spelling lists) & is deeply rooted in best research & practice'' (Monique. specialist reading&spelling tutor)

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.
This book (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 K Seymour.

Chapter 9 in Wiley Handbook of Developmental Psychology in Practice: Implementation and Impact.
The 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 Review 2006. Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading.
FREE download. Foundation document for high quality phonics teaching.

Reading in the Brain: the science and evolution of a human invention.
Prof. Dehaene. Pub. Penguin.
Excerpt: http://www.penguin.com/ajax/books/excerpt/9781101152409

Reflective Reading: Engaging and Practical Ideas for Teaching Reading Comprehension in the Primary Classroom.
Anne Glennie. Cranachan Publishing Limited http://www.thelearningzoo.co.uk/reflective-reading-book/

Why Knowledge Matters: rescuing our children from failed educational theories.
Prof. E. D Hirsch, Jnr. Pub. Harvard Education Press.
''The most 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. https://seidenbergreading.net/
Timothy Shanahan 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.

Progress in Understanding Reading and Learning to Read: From Politics to Science.
Prof. Stanovich. Guilford Press.
FREE. Chapter 10. Matthew effects in reading: Some consequences of individual differences in the acquisition of literacy

FREE. Dyslexia. Hugo Kerr. 

XX FREE booklet: Spelling Theory and a Lexicon of English Spellings. Sounds-Write.

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.
FREE. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/02/20682/52383

Growing a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy.
Prof. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Norton.
Understanding a child's emerging language from first babblings to a five year old's mastery of reading.
''For anyone with young children and nursery/early years teachers, it's brilliant'' says John Walker.

1999. The End of Illiteracy? Tom Burkard. Pub. Centre for Policy Studies.
Free. https://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/111028112618-anendtoilliteracy.pdf

1997. Why Schoolchildren Can't Read. Dr. Bonnie Macmillan.
FREE to read online: http://howtoteachreading.org.uk/resources/

1996. Reading Fever: Why phonics must come first. Turner / Burkard. Pub. Centre for Policy Studies.
Free. http://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/111027152221-ReadingFever.pdf

1991. Reading, Learning and the National Curriculum. Martin Turner. Pub. Centre for Policy Studies. 
Free. http://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/111027161652-ReadingLearningandtheNationalCurriculum1991.pdf

1985. When 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.

1965. In 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.

1955. Why 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