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

''Having resisted for many years'', teacher, researcher and writer Prof. Dylan Wiliam says he's ''now persuaded by Diane McGuinness's work on the importance of linguistic phonics'' (twitter.Jan 2015)

''(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. 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.

''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/

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': Kindle edition available.

http://www.soundreadingsystem.co.uk/wp-content/themes/enfold/pdf/Diane-McGuinness-intro-SRS-1.pdf
X  Free. An introduction to the English Alphabet Code. Diane McGuinness

Phonics and the Resistance to Reading by 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'
http://www.thereadingcentre.com/2014/04/16/down-with-miserablism/

X That Spelling Thing: lessons & resources for classroom teachers in middle to 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)

Why Schoolchildren Can't Read. Bonnie Macmillan. Pub. IEA.
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.

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 Report 2006. Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading.
Free download. Foundation document for synthetic phonics teaching. https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFES-0201-2006

Reading in the Brain: the science and evolution of a human invention. Dehaene. Pub. Penguin.
''(T)hese experiments demonstrate that global word shape does not play any role in reading''
''There is abundant proof that we automatically access speech sounds while we read''

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. E. D Hirsch, Jnr. Pub. Harvard Education Press.
''The most efficient & therefore most pleasurable method of teaching decoding is called synthetic phonics'' p251.

Language at the speed of sight: How we read, why so many can't, and what can be done about it.
Mark Seidenberg. Pub. Basic Books. 2017. Kindle edition available. https://seidenbergreading.net/
Powerpoint slides for talk 'What Can Reading Science Contribute to Better Reading?' https://www.aimpa.org/uploaded/Institute/SYMPOSIUM_2018/HANDOUT_AIM_2018_-_Seidenberg.pdf

Thinking Reading: what every secondary teacher needs to know about reading. James and Dianne Murphy. Pub. John Catt Educational Ltd. 2018.

Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders. A guide for parents and professionals. Caroline Bowen and Pamela Snow. Pub. J and R Press Ltd. Kindle edition available.
Review: http://www.multilit.com/wp-content/uploads/NOMANIS03_AUG17-BOOK-1.pdf

When Children Don't Learn: understanding the biology and psychology of learning disabilities. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Basic Books. 1985. Sex differences in language, reading, maths, hyperactivity (ADHD) and the implications for classroom and parenting practices.

Progress in Understanding Reading and Learning to Read: From Politics to Science. Stanovich. Guilford Press.
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.

http://dyslexics.org.uk/KerrCh8.pdf
Free. Chapter 8, Dyslexia, from Hugo Kerr's book 'The cognitive psychology of teaching literacy'

http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/sites/soundswrite/uploads/files/49-sounds_write_english_spellings_lexicon.pdf
X Free booklet: Spelling Theory and a Lexicon of English Spellings. Sounds-Write.

The Dyslexia Debate by 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, Elliott and Grigorenko outline a better way to describe the various types of reading difficulties and discuss empirically supported forms of intervention''
Free excerpt p1-10. What is dyslexia?: http://assets.cambridge.org/97805211/19863/excerpt/9780521119863_excerpt.pdf

The Clackmannanshire study: A Seven Year Study of the Effects of Synthetic Phonics Teaching on Reading and Spelling Attainment. Johnston/Watson. 2005.
Free. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/02/20682/52383

Growing a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Norton.
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.

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. CPS.
Free. http://www.cps.org.uk/files/reports/original/111027161652-ReadingLearningandtheNationalCurriculum1991.pdf

1981. Why Johnny STILL can't read: a new look at the scandal of our schools. Flesch. Pub. HarperCollins. Follow up to his earlier best seller -see below.

Older books and papers:

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’
www.archive.org/stream/onteachingofengl00daleuoft

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1350464
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
.
http://openlibrary.org/details/acompletemanual00pollgoog

1866. Reading without tears, or, A pleasant mode of learning to read by Favell Lee Mortimer.
http://books.google.com/books?id=p5oNAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=reading%2Bwithout%2Btears&as_brr=1#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://venezky.stanford.edu/
Richard Venezkey's collection of historical American Primers and Readers

Old alphabet and spelling books from the Devon Collection of Children’s Books
http://www.flickr.com/photos/devonlibraries/sets/72157626041841773/detail