Recommended Books for Parents and Teachers'


Recommended reading for parents and teachers

Books recommended by the IDA

Recommended reading for professionals


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The books listed below are full of amazing information, recommended resources, programs, learning and teaching strategies, aids and recommended websites.

Recommended reading for parents and teachers

Helping Children With Dyslexia

21Super Strategies To Ensure Your Child’s Success At School
By Liz Dunoon

“I wrote this simple and easy to read book complete with an audioMP3, DVD to help parents and teachers understand that with the right support children with dyslexia can succeed at school and in life.”
Liz Dunoon, Melbourne Australia


The Brain That Changes Itself

Stories of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science
By Norman Doidge, M.D.

“This book changed my outlook on my life, my brain and my children. It also made me realise that dyslexia can be overcome” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


The Six Success Factors For Children With Learning Disabilities

Ready-to-use activities to help kids with LD succeed in school and in life
Frostig Centre, San Francisco Jossey-Bass

Recommended reading by Dr.Nola Firth who has travelled to the Frostig centre to see these activities in use in the classroom.


The Dyslexia Handbook 2007/8

British Dyslexia Association
Edited by Susan Tresman and Ann Cooke

This is an annual publication.”


Tackling Dyslexia

Second Edition
By Ann Cooke, University of Wales, Bangor


Dyslexia: A Teenager’s Guide

By Dr. Sylvia Moody

“Easy to read and understand with plenty of great strategies. Your teenager may be able to read this for themselves.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


When Bright Kids Fail

How To Help Children Overcome Specific Learning Difficulties
By Lorraine Hammond


Your Struggling Child

A Guide To Diagnosing Understanding And Advocating For Your Child With Learning, Behavior Or Emotional Problems
By Robert F. Newby, PH.D.


Gifted & Talented Children With Special Education Needs

Double Exceptionality
By Diane Montgomery


Reading by the Colors

Overcoming Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities through The Irlen Method
By Helen Irlen


Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties – UK

Psychology Press
By M Prior

Recommended reading by Dr Nola Firth


Facing Learning Disabilities In The Adult Years

Understanding Dyslexia, ADHD, Assessment, Intervention, And Research
By Joan Shapiro & Rebecca Rich


How To Reach & Teach Children & Teens With Dyslexia

A Parent And Teacher Guide To Helping Students Of All Ages Academically, Socially and Emotionally
By Cynthia M. Stowe


Dyslexia at College

3rd Edition
By Liz Du Pre, Dorothy Gilroy and Tim Miles

“Great ideas for students on study skills, preparing and sitting for exams. writing, spelling and grammar.” Margaret Hardy, Dyslexia Testing Services, Brisbane Australia


Learning Disabilities and Life Stories

Boston: Allyn and Bacon
By P Rodis, A Garrod and M L Boscardin

Recommended reading by Dr Nola Firth


Is the Left Brain Always Right?

A Guide To Whole Child Development
By Clare Cherry, Douglas Godwin, Jesse Staples

“Contains dozens of practical developmental and learning activities.”


Help Your Child to Learn

A Practical Guide for Children with Learning Difficulties
By Barbara Pheloung

The Parents Guidebook For Claiming Allowances And Benefits For Their Children With Childhood Disorders Including Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, A.D.H.D, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia (U.K.)

By Dr. James Duncan


They Are What You Feed Them

How Food Can Improve Your Child’s Behaviour, Mood and Learning
By Dr. Alex Richardson

“A highly recommended book that will help parents to understand how critical the right food and dietary supplements can be for the well being of their children. All profits from this book go directly back into funding further research.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


The Brain Food Plan

Help Your Child Reach Their Potential and Overcome Learning Disabilities
By Dr. Robin Pauc


100 Ideas For Supporting Pupils With Dyslexia

By Gavin Reid and Shannon Green

“I enjoyed this simply written book full of great ideas.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


An Introduction To Dyslexia For Parents and Professionals

By Alan M Hultquist


Can’t Play Won’t Play

Simply Sizzling Ideas To Get The Ball Rolling For Children With Dyspraxia
By Sharon Drew and Elizabeth Atter



Why Johnny Can’t Write: A Handbook For Teachers and Parents
By Diane Cavey


Morrison’s Sound It Out Speller

A Phonic Key To English
By Mavin L Morrison

“Suits upper primary to adults an effective and accurate way to locate correctly spelt words.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


Spelling Made Magic

By Claire Winstanley

“ A teacher of children with dyslexia, the author of this book gives great multisensory strategies for teaching children how to spell whilst having lots of fun.”


Dealing With Dyscalculia

Sum Hope2
Dr. Steve Chinn

“I never liked maths, now I know why this book explains it beautifully.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


The Maths Game

Using Instructional Games To Teach Mathematics
By George Booker


Memorize Tables In Minutes

The Fastest and Easiest Way to Teach Times Tables
By Alan Walker


Screw it, lets do it:

Lessons in life
By Richard Branson

“An easy read book. See how a successful dyslexic entrepreneur does it” Recommended reading by Dr. Nola Firth


Supporting Children With Dyslexia

At A Glance Guidance, Practical Strategies, For SENCO’s, Teachers And Tas (UK)
Hull Learning Services, David Fulton Publishers

Also by David Fulton Publishers (UK)

Introduction to Dyslexia
Dyslexia and Maths
Dyslexia and English
Dyslexia and General Science
Dyslexia and Phys Ed
Dyslexia and Modern Foreign Languages


The Psychology of Dyslexia

A handbook for teachers, Second Edition
By Michael Thomson

“As a parent I found this book very informative and helpful.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia.”


Overcoming Dyslexia

A New and Complete Science Based Program For Reading Problems At Any Level  
By Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
“This book is an incredible resource. I implore all parents to read it. It explains dyslexia, how to teach children with it and recommends numerous scientifically based reading programs and related resources. It also describes how dyslexia can be overcome.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


The Secret Life Of The Dyslexic Child

A Practical Guide For Parents and Educators
By Robert Frank PH.D.

“A wonderful book written by a dyslexic who describes how it feels to be dyslexic in amazing detail.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia



The facts, Second Edition
By Mark Selikowitz

"A great all round resource which provides a good overview of dyslexia.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


The Dyslexia Checklist

A Practical Reference For Parents and Teachers
By Sandra F. Rief and Judith M.Stern

“A great book, well set out, and easy to read filled with excellent practical advice and resources.” Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


The Everything Parent’s Guide To Children With Dyslexia

All You Need To Ensure Your Child’s Success
By Abigail Marshall

“A great book written by a parent full of information for parents and teachers.”Liz Dunoon Melbourne Australia


Books recommended by the International Dyslexia Association – Listed alphabetically by author

Understanding Dyslexia (Introductory)


Parenting a struggling reader

Hall, S. L., & Moats, L. C. (2002).
New York: Broadway Books. 


Basic facts about dyslexia and other reading problems

Moats, L. C., & Dakin, K. (2008)
Baltimore: The International Dyslexia Association.


The many faces of dyslexia 

Rawson, M. (1988)
Baltimore, MD: The International Dyslexia Association [a classic]


Overcoming dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level

Shaywitz, S. (2003)
New York: Knopf.


From ABC to ADHD

Tridas, E. (2008)
Baltimore: The International Dyslexia Association.


General Understanding Dyslexia (Intermediate)

To read or not to read: Answers to all your questions about dyslexia.

Hurford, D. (1998)
New York: A Lisa Drew Book/Scribner.


Understanding learning disabilities: A parent guide and workbook

Trusdell, M. L., & Horowitz, I. W. (Eds.). (2002).
Baltimore: York Press. 


Proust and the squid: The story and science of the reading brain.

Wolf, M. (2007)
New York: HarperCollins.


Supporting the Dyslexic Student

Straight talk about reading

Hall, S. L., & Moats, L. C. (1999)
Chicago: Contemporary Books. 


Homework heroes grades K-2, grades 3-5, & grades 6-8

Johnson, D., & Johnson, C. (2002)
New York, NY: Kaplan. [three books]

L.E.A.R.N Playful strategies for all students

Richards, R. G. (2001)
Riverside, CA: RET Center Press. 


When writing’s a problem: Understanding dysgraphia and helpful hints for reluctant writers

Richards, R. G. (2002)
Riverside, CA: RET Center Press. 


Personal Stories about Learning Disabilities in Children

What’s wrong with me?

Cicci, R. (1995)
Baltimore: York Press.


Laughing Allegra

Ford, A. (2003)
New York: Newmarket Press.


A walk in the rain with a brain  

Hallowell, E. (2004).
New York: Harper Collins.


Learning Disabilities and the Law

Siegel, L. M. (2007)


The complete IEP guide: How to advocate for your special ed child (5th ed.)

Berkley, CA:Nolo.  


No child left behind

Wright, P. W. D., Wright, P. D., & Heath, S. W. (2004).
Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press, Inc. 


From emotions to advocacy, the special education survival guide (2nd ed.)

Wright, P. W. D., & Wright, P. D. Wrightslaw
Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press, Inc


Parenting, Children, and Learning Differences

Raising resilient children

Brooks, R., & Goldstein, S. (2001).
Chicago: Contemporary Books 

When you worry about the child you love: Emotional and learning problems in children

Hallowell, E. (1996)
New York: Fireside (Simon & Schuster). 

Endangered minds: Why children don’t think and what we can do about it

Healy, J. M. (1999)
New York Touchstone Books. 

Failure to connect

Healy, J. M. (1999)
New York: Touchstone.

A mind at a time

Levine, M. (2002)
New York: Simon & Schuster.


Social/Emotional Concerns

No one to play with: The social problems of LD and ADD children

Osman, B. (1995)
Novato, CA: Academic Therapy Press.


Understanding Language and Cognitive Development

The scientist in the crib: What early learning tells us about the mind

Gopnik, A., Meltzoff, A. N., & Kuhl, P. K. (1999)
New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Guidance About Assessment

Approaches to assessment: IDEA vs. NCLD

Mele-McCarthy, J. A. (n.d.)
Available from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at  (Product # 0112862).


Recommended Reading For Professionals (IDA)

Becoming a professional reading teacher

Aaron, P. G., Joshi, R. M., & Quatroche, D. (2008)
Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction

Beck, I. L., McKeown, M. G., & Kucan, L (2002)
New York: Guilford.

Brain literacy for educators and psychologists

Berninger, V., & Richards, T. (2002)
Amsterdam:  Academic Press.

The learning brain: Lessons for education

Blakemore, S., & Frith, U. (2005)
New Jersey: Wiley & Sons.

Multisensory teaching of basic language skills (2nd ed)

Birsh, J. R. (Ed.). (2005)
Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Improving reading comprehension: Research-based principles and practices

Carlisle, J., & Rice, M. S. (2003)
Baltimore: York Press

Rethinking special education for a new century

Finn, C. E., Rostherham, A. J., & Hokanson, C. R. (Eds.). (2002)
Washington DC: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Progressive Policy Institute.

Learning disabilities: From identification to intervention

Fletcher, J. M., Lyon, G. R., Fuchs, L. S., & Barnes, M. A. (2007)
New York: Guilford.

Straight talk about reading

Hall, S., & Moats, L. (1999)
Lincolnwood, IL: NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group, Inc.

Unlocking literacy: Effective decoding and spelling instruction

Henry, M. K. (2003)
Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Dyslexia, myths, misconceptions and some practical applications

Joshi, M. (2004)
Baltimore: The International Dyslexia Association.

The voice of evidence in reading research

McCardle, P., & Chhabra, V. (2004)
Baltimore: Paul Brookes.


Basic facts about dyslexia and other reading problems

Moats, L., & Dakin, K. (2008)
Baltimore: The International Dyslexia Association.

Speech to print: Language essentials for teachers

Moats, L. (2000)
Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Overcoming dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level

Shaywitz, S. E. (2003)
New York: Knopf.

Testing students with disabilities

Thurlow, M., Elliott, J. L., & Ysseldyke, J. (2002)
California: Sage.

Vocabulary acquisition: Implications for reading comprehension

Wagner, R. K., Muse, A. E., & Tannenbaum, K. (Eds.) (2006)
New York: Guilford. 


Reading rockets: Toolkit for school psychologists

WETA (with the National Association of School Psychologists) (2005)
Available from

Dyslexia, fluency, and the brain

Wolf, M. (Ed.). (2001)
Baltimore: York Press

Proust and the squid: The story and science of the reading brain

Wolf, M. (2007)
New York: Harper Collins Publishers.


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