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X recommended for student teachers

X Early Reading Instruction: what science really tells us about how to teach reading.
Diane McGuinness. MIT Press. Kindle edition available. D.McGuinness describes her 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.

X 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'

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.

Free. Diane McGuinness: An introduction to the English Alphabet Code

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

X Rose Report 2006. Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading.
This is a foundation document for teaching synthetic phonics and should be on every primary ITT reading list.

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.

X 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.

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. A thought-provoking book to be read slowly and carefully: 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.

The Writing Road to Reading. Spalding. First published in 1957, many of the teaching concepts in this programme such as 'no alphabet letter names' and 'no silent letters' are also found in modern linguistic phonics programmes.

Leaving Johnny Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Literacy and Reclaiming At-Risk Readers by Anthony Pedriana. Rowman & Littlefield Education. Kindle edition available.. 'In the tradition of Why Johnny Can't Read written by Rudolph Flesch in the 1950s, Leaving Johnny Behind provides a comprehensive examination of the barriers that deny children adequate literacy training..'

The National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy, language and numeracy (NRDC now closed) Developmental Dyslexia in Adults: a research review. 2004.

Dyslexia: Literacy and psychological assessment. 2005.
This BPS report ''was written primarily to inform practising educational psychologists about the concept of dyslexia. It also outlined principles of assessment that needed to be translated into policy and practice by psychological services and their local authorities''

Free online: Chapter 8, 'Dyslexia', from Hugo Kerr's book 'The cognitive psychology of teaching literacy'

X Free booklet: Sounds~Write's 'Spelling theory and a lexicon of English spellings'

'Dyslexia: a categorical falsehood without validity or utility' by Simon Gibbs and Julian Elliott

X 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. 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.

1991. Reading, Learning and the National Curriculum. Martin Turner. CPS.

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’

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.

Richard Venezkey's collection of historical American Primers and Readers

Old alphabet and spelling books from the Devon Collection of Children’s Books

Out of print books - try www.abebooks.co.uk or Amazon Marketplace for copies.