RECOMMENDED READING

There are so many excellent books on dyslexia to help you on your advocacy journey. Below is a list of some of our favorites. Many of the below may be found on Amazon, and in several cases, through your local bookstore.

Titles will be added as we read and fall in love with more.

Dyslexia and Learning Differences

  • Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems – Louisa Moats and Karen Dakin

  • Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems – Jane M. Healy

  • Dyslexia Wonders: Understanding the Daily Life of a Dyslexic from a Child’s Point of View – Jennifer Smith

  • In the Mind’s Eye – Thomas G. West

  • One Word at a Time: A Road Map for Navigating Through Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities – Linda G. Tessler

  • Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading at Any Level, by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

  • Parenting a Struggling Reader – Susan Hall and Louisa Moats

  • Straight Talk About Reading – Susan Hall and Louisa Moats

  • The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain, by Brock L. Eide M.D. M.A. and Fernette F. Eide M.D.

  • The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Dyslexia – Abigail Marshall

  • The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read...and How They Can Learn, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Ronald D. Davis

  • The Human Side of Dyslexia: 142 Interviews with Real People Telling Real Stories About Their Coping Strategies with Dyslexia – Shirley Kurnoff

  • The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned – Our Child – Richard Lavoie

 

Brain Development & Research

  • Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain, by Maryanne Wolf

  • Endangered Mind – Jane M. Healy

  • Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds – and What We Can Do About It – Jane M. Healy

  • Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It, by Mark Seidenberg

  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, by Maryanne Wolf

  • Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, by Maryanne Wolf

  • Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read, by Stanislaus Dehaene

  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain– John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman

  • The Learning Tree – Stanley L. Greenspan

  • The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention, by Steven G. Feifer, Ed.S., NCSP and Philli A. De Fina, PhD., ABPdN

  • The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads, by Daniel T. Willingham

  • Working Memory and Academic Learning: Assessment and Intervention, by Milton J. Dehn

  • Your Child’s Growing Mind – Jane M. Healy

 

ADHD / Medication / Executive Function

  • ADHD and the Nature of Self Control - Russell A. Barkley

  • ADHD Nation - Alan Schwarz

  • Answers to Distraction - Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey

  • Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults - Thomas Brown

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis & Treatment - Russell A. Barkley

  • Beyond Ritalin - Stephen W. Garber, Marianne Daniels Garber and Robyn Freedman Spizman

  • Delivered from Distraction - Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey

  • Driven to Distraction - Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey

  • Executive Function in Education - Lynn Meltzer

  • Fidget to Focus - Roland Rotz and Sarah D. Wright

  • From ABC to ADHD: What Parents Should Know About Dyslexia and Attention Problems - Eric Q. Tridas

  • Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential - Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

  • Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications for Kids - Timothy E. Wilens

  • Taking Charge of ADHD - Russell A. Barkley

  • The Disorganized Mind - Nancy A. Ratey

 

Other Words of Wisdom and Parenting

  • Building Resilience in Children and Teens – Kenneth R. Ginsburg

  • A Whole New Mind – Daniel H. Pink

  • How Children Succeed – Paul Tough

  • Born Digital – John Palfrey and Urs Gasser

  • Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweck

  • NutureShock: New Thinking About Children – Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

  • Parenting Without Power Struggles – Susan Stiffelman

  • Raising a Self-Disciplined Child – Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein

  • Raising Resilient Children – Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein

  • The Blessing of a B Minus Child – Wendy Mogel

  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee – Wendy Mogel

  • The Power of Play – David Elkind

  • Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities – David Flink

  • What’s Eating Your Child? – Kelly Dorfman

  • When You Worry About the Child You Love – Edward M. Hallowell

  • Your Child’s Strengths – Jenifer Fox

Parent Advocacy

  • All About IEPs, by Peter Wright, Pamela Darr Wright and Sandra Webb O'Connor

  • Dyslexia Advocate!: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System, by Kelli-Sandman-Hurley

  • Essentials for Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention, by Nancy Mather and Barbara J. Wendling

  • Failing Students or Failing Schools?: A Parent's Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention, by Faith Borkowsky

  • Special Education Law, by Peter Wright and Pamela Darr Wright

  • The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning, By Ben Foss

  • When the School Says No, How to Get the Yes!: Securing Special Education Services for Your Child, by Vaughn Lauer

  • Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, by Melissa Lee Farrall and Pamela Darr Wright

  • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide, by Peter Wright and Pamela Darr Wright

 

Transition

  • ​7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, by Elizabeth C. Hamblin

 

Dyslexia and Life

  • Dyslexia's Competitive Edge: Business and Leadership Insights and Strategies for Dyslexic Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, and Professionals, by Tiffany Sunday

  • How Dyslexics Will Rule the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Automation Are Disrupting Our Economy Creating an Employment Demand for Creative, Innovative, Problem-Solvers, by Tiffany Sunday

 

For Parents

  • High School Dropout to Harvard: My Life with Dyslexia, by John D. Rodrigues

  • Reversed: A Memoir, by Lois E. Letchford

 

For Kids (Characters with Dyslexia and / or ADHD)

  • Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

  • Hank Zipper Series - Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

  • Joey Pigza Series - Jack Gantor

  • Looking for Heroes - Aidan Colvin

  • My Name in Brian Brian - Jeanne Betancourt

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series - Rick Riordan

  • Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures: My ADD Journal - Phyllis Carpenter and Marti Ford

  • Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco

  • The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses Series - Barbara Esham

  • The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia - Diane Burton Robb and Gail Piazza

 

Auditory Processing

  • When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder - Teri James Bellis

 

Sensory Processing

  • The Out-of-Sync Child - Carol Stock Kranowitz

  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun - Carol Stock Kranowitz

  • Sensory Integration and the Child: 25th Anniversary Edition - A. Jean Ayres

  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child - Lindsey Biel and Nancy Pesek

  • Sensational Kids - Lucy Jane Miller

 

Social Skills

  • Teaching Your Child the Language of Social Success - Marshall Duke and Elisabeth A. Martin

  • Last One Picked...First One Picked On - Richard Lavoie

  • It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend - Richard Lavoie

  • No One to Play With - Betty B. Osman

 

IDA Fact Sheets

www.dyslexiaida.org/fact-sheets

Understood.org Fact Sheets

https://www.understood.org/search-results/v1/search?query=fact+sheets

If you have any books or articles you would like to recommend or feel is missing, please contact us.

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