Books Recommendations for Parents and Educators from Coalition Members


Below are Book Recommendations for Parents, Educators or anyone who wants to learn more about dyslexia, literacy, science of the reading brain, social and emotional side of being dyslexic or raising children with dyslexia. Guides to help navigate the school system and many other issues.  Some of the books are new, some are older but all are great resources.  Most of these books can be found on the Educational Publishing Service,  IDA Bookstore 

or Amazon!  If you are an Amazon shopper please shop at Amazon Smile and make PB IDA your non profit benefactor! This will help us, PA DLC since we are a standing committee of PB IDA,  Happy Reading! 

 Mary Ellen Trent  recommends reading:


Unlocking Literacy, Effective Decoding & Spelling Instruction - Marcia Henry


Dyslexia, Learning, and The Brain - Roderick I. Nicolson and Angela J. Fawcett


Learning Outside the Lines, Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational revolution - Jonathan Mooney and David Cole


About Dyslexia, Unraveling the Myth - Priscilla L. Vail


Parenting a Struggling Reader, A Guide to Diagnosing and Finding Help for Your Child's Reading Difficulties - Susan L. Hall & Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.


Straight Talk About Reading, How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years - Susan L. Hall & Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.


Speech to Print, Language Essentials for Teachers - Louisa Cook Moats


From ABC To ADHD, What Parents Should Know About Dyslexia and Attention Problems - Eric Q. Tridas


Dyslexia: Theory & Practice of Instruction - Joanna Kellogg Uhry, Diana Brewster Clark


One Word at a Time, A Road Map for Navigating Thorugh Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities - Linda G. Tessler Ph.D.


On Their Own, Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, A Family Guide - Anne Ford with John-Richard Thompson


Reading in the Brain, The New Science if How We Read - Stanislas Deheane


The Many Faces of Dyslexia - Margaret Byrd Rawson


Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems - Louisa Cook Moats, Karne E. Dakin


Basic Facts About Assessment of Dyslexia, Testing for Teaching - Susan C. Lowell, Rebecca H. Felton, Pamela E. Hook


 "What's Wrong With Me?" Learning Disabilities at Home and School - Regina Cicci

Lisa McBride



"As a parent, I am not an expert in the

 subject .  However I've developed a small  library of books that have been my

"go to" texts for both parenting and newly professional insights."


 Parent Books:

Overcoming Dyslexia -

 Shaywitz MD, Sally


Dyslexia Empowerment Plan -

 Foss, Ben


Mindful Parenting for ADHD 

 Bertin MD, Mark


8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD

 Goldrich, Cindy


The Conscious Parent's Guide to Executive Functioning Disorder 

Branstetter, PhD, Rebecca


Educator Texts (or for Nerdy Parents):


The Gillingham Manual 

Gillingham et. al.


Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

 Virginia Berninger PhD. et. al.


The Six Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities - Frostig Center Educators, Forward by Lavoie, Richard


A Guide to Helping Your Child At Home: Developing Foundational Skills in Reading and WritingKing, Diana Hanbury -self published @ -helping -your-child-at-home


Executive Function in the Classroom - Kaufman, PhD, Chris


How to Teach Spelling -Rudginsky et. al.


Keyboarding Skills -King, Diana Hanbury


Writing Skills - Books 1 & 2 

 King, Diana Hanbury


Megawords (1-5)Johnson, K. et. al. 


Learning Cursive: Handwriting Instruction for the Right Handed Elementary StudentKing et. al this book can be found at  


Learning Cursive: Handwriting Instruction for the Left Handed Elementary Student - King et. al.- this book can be found at








Julia Sadtler



The follow 3 books are by

    Priscilla Vail:


Smart Kids and School Problems


Words Fail Me


Emotion: The On/Off Switch for Learning


Childhood Speech, Language and Listening Problems:  What Every Parent Should Know — Patricia Hamaguchi



Eileen Tait-Acker



"I found this to be an informative and inspiring guide that helps parents to support their children, so that they can discover their dyslexic strengths, advocate for themselves in the classroom, and get empowered! Dyslexia is not a disease, it's a community"


The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning

by Ben Foss (Founder of



Rosette Roth



The Gift of Dyslexia -

 David Flink


The Most Unlikey to Succeed -Nelson Lauver 


The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan - Ben Foss


Sonja Kerr



The Dyslexia Scholar: Helping Your Child Achieve Academic Success - Kathleen Nosek



Daphne Uliana



"Since I am dyslexic and this book is very technical in some places, I had to listen to it!"


Proust and the Squid - The Story of the Science of the Reading Brain - Maryanne Wolf


"This is a wonder book!  Aidan writes honestly about what it is like to be a teenage with dyslexia.  I laughed and cried!"


Looking for Heroes - One boy, One year, 100 letters - Aidan Colvin