General Information on Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia
International Dyslexia Association - research, support, and resources for dyslexia
Reading Rockets - information on how children learn to read and write
Understood.org - information on learning and attention issues
Books for Parents
A guide to understanding the mechanism of dyslexia and incorporating useful remedies. Written in easy-to-understand layman's terms, valuable in dealing with dyslexia.
A wealth of helpful suggestions, from creative exercises for preschoolers to reliable techniques to help older children improve their reading. An encouraging resource for parents and teachers who want to assess reading programs for those students who are experiencing some difficulty with reading.
Geared to parents who are just beginning to confront reading difficulties, and very useful in encouraging them not to postpone their search for help in diagnosing and overcoming difficulties with reading. Of special value in determining which programs are best targeted to a specific child's difficulty and what schools must do to help.
Books on Understanding the Science of Reading
The science of reading and the disconnect between science and reading education.
A comprehensive overview of how the brain reads, from a cognitive science perspective. Not an easy read, but a valuable one and includes suggestions on the best way to teach reading based on the author's research.
A compact, interesting book proposing that reading changes the brain. Discusses topics as diverse as how writing and alphabets developed to the ways in which dyslexics' mental processes vary. Some parents found important information difficult to sort out due to scientific terms.
Reading Instruction Books
Teaching Reading Sourcebook book. An informative, research-based guide to reading instruction, well-organized and very readable. Lesson ideas for all grade levels, struggling readers, and English language learners. Highly recommended by teachers.
For Young Beginning readers Kindergarten and early First Grade
REALLY knowing the alphabet is important!
The International Reading Association and the National Association of Educators for Young Children urge that children become proficient with letter discrimination, letter naming and letter sounds in kindergarten.
“Children’s knowledge of letter names and sounds at school entry is the single best predictor of their reading and spelling growth, not just at the onset but throughout the elementary school years.” (ABC Foundations for Young Children, M.J. Adams)
Look for fun ways to cement that knowledge - maybe a Bingo game?
Here is a short chapter from Wright's Law on Reading Assessments - what is assessed, typical tests and frequently asked questions.
All students should have the opportunity to read books at their grade level and in their areas of interest.
Learning Ally - A national nonprofit organization for students with print disabilities.
Bookshare - An online library for people with print disabiities