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Science of Reading Books for Teachers

Looking for Science of Reading books for teachers? This list of professional development books can help you get started or continue on your journey of using Science of Reading (SoR) instruction in your classroom. Learn more about the latest research and science of how kids learn to read and become fluent readers.

Science of Reading book list

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Science of Reading Books for Teachers

Shifting the Balance is a great book to start. It’s an easy read and filled with practical strategies you can use today. Focused on K-2 instructional methods based on SoR. Highly recommend this book. 

Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy. This easy-to-read book is a must for teachers to learn the phonics rules of English! The majority of the English language follows explicit phonics rules but most teachers don’t know them. Learn them with this book and how to teach them to your students.

This book left us with many “wow, I never knew that!” moments.

Know Better Do Better – Teaching the Foundations So Every Child Can Read

“The answers are collected here” pretty much sums up this book. This is a great read if you are wanting an overall overview of the issues and how to go about ensuring you are doing what is best for your students.

How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction

A great book on how to tailor literacy instruction to the specific needs of students in your classroom. From assessments, to lesson plans this book lays out the framework for literacy instruction.

Brain Words: How the Science of Reading Informs Teaching

Learn more about how the brain learns to read and what this means for literacy instruction. Specifically, they address how to follow your school’s scope and sequence but add in instructional ways to make reading more impactful following the science.

Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read

Written by cognitive neuroscientist Dehaene, who we heard speak at the Plain Talk 2022 conference discussed here. This book shares compelling research of MRI data on how people learn to read and what that means for literacy instruction. A little challenging to read but filled with tons of research and data.

A Fresh Look at Phonics, Grades K-2: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success

Based on two decades of classroom research, Wiley Blevins shares 7 ways to support student success with phonics instruction. If you’re looking to strengthen your phonics instruction this is a must-read!

Equipped for Reading Success

Get up-to-date on the research and science of how children learn to read as well as how to prevent most reading difficulties.

Speech To Print

Students learn from speech to print but does our instruction match? Going from Speech to Print is one of the big concepts in the Science of Reading. This book will dig deep into this concept and leave you feeling like you are ready to teach those early childhood students. This is a MUST for kindergarten and preschool teachers. Learn more about the science behind language and reading essentials in this best-selling book.

The Knowledge Gap

This book is SO GOOD if you are wanting to dig at the history of why students struggle to read and how it effects society. If you want to be able to justify the WHY this is important – this book is for you!

Sounding Out Sight Words

This is a great manual for your whole year. It’s some light reading for the first section and then it breaks all the sight words down into groups that you can easily teach.

The Reading Strategies Book

This is a great collection of strategies that are super effective for your early childhood students. This is a tried and true classic from 2015 in the world of SoR but that does not mean it’s not current. What’s great about this book is that the author continues to update it through online additions you can get here. Highly recommend.

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