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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.

Note: Some titles may be listed twice.  Their listing is dependent on the categories below.

General Knowledge:

  • “If only I would have known…” by Faith Borkowsky

  • Failing Students or Failing Schools by Faith Borkowsky

  • Undiagnosed: The Ugly Side of Dyslexia by Ameer Baraka

  • Raising a Child with Dyslexia What Every Parent Needs to Know by Don Winn

  • The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read by John Corcoran

  • The Reading Gap - Journey to Answers, by John Corcoran

  • Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr. Sally Shaywitz

  • The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler

  • Why Johnny Can’t Read by Rudolf Flesch

  • Conquering Dyslexia by Dr. Jan Hasbrouck

  • Raising A Child With Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know, by Don Winn

  • Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions by Paula Moraine

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



  • Multiplication and Division Facts for the Whole-To-Part Visual Learner by Christopher Woodin;

Written Expression

  • Speech to Print, by Dr. Louisa Moats

  • The Writing Revolution, by Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler

  • From Talking to Writing, Strategies for Supporting Narrative and Expository Writing, by Terrill M. Jennings and Charles W. Haynes

Executive Function

  • Executive Function in Education, by Lynn Meltzer

  • Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions by Paula Moraine

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

Brain Development & Research

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

  • Endangered Mind, by Jane M. Healy

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

  • How We learn, by Stanislas Dehaene

  • 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, by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman

  • The Learning Tree, by 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, by Jane M. Healy

ADHD / Medication

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

  • ADHD Nation, by Alan Schwarz

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fidget to Focus, by Roland Rotz and Sarah D. Wright

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

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

  • Taking Charge of ADHD, by Russell A. Barkley

  • The Disorganized Mind, by 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 / Special Education Law

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

  • 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



  • ​7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, 3rd Edition, 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

  • From Special Education to Doctorate (Ph.D.), In Language and Literacy: My Journey, by Dr. Shawn Anthony Robinson


For Kids (Characters with Dyslexia and / or ADHD)

  • Dr. Dyslexia Dude Series, by Drs. Shawn and Inshirah Robinson

  • Dyslexia Explained, by Mike Jones (Nessy)

  • Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

  • Hank Zipper Series - Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

  • It's Called Dyslexia, by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

  • 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

  • What I Need, by Tiffany James (Nessy)


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

  • No One to Play With - Betty B. Osman


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