Books List

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list of books, nor is it intended to be a recommended list of books.

  1. Academic/Research/Professional Development
  2. Assessment
  3. Early Years
  4. Further Education
  5. General Interest
  6. Historical Interest
  7. Inclusion/Differentiation/Learning Style
  8. Individual Education Plans
  9. Information and Communications Technology
  10. Introductory
  11. for Parents
  12. Post-Primary
  13. for Pupils
  1.  Special Interest
  2.  Teaching
  3.  Workplace & Adults


1. Academic/Research/Professional Development

Adams, M. J. (1990) Beginning to Read: Thinking and learning about print. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Badian, N. A. (Ed.) (2000) Prediction and Prevention of Reading Failure. Baltimore: York Press.

Baddeley, A. (1999) Essentials of Human Memory. Hove: Psychology Press.

Beard, R. (1999) National Literacy Strategy: Review of Research and Other Related Evidence. Sudbury: DfEE.

Bender, W. (Ed.) (1999) Professional Issues in Learning Disabilities. Austin, TX: PRO-ED

Bryant, P. and L. Bradley (1985) Children's Reading Problems.   Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Catts, H. W. (1999) Language and Reading Disabilities. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Coles, G. (2000) Misreading Reading: The Bad Science that Hurts Children. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann.

Fawcett, A. (Ed.) (2001) Dyslexia: Theory and Practice. London: Whurr.

Goswami, U. and P. Bryant (1990) Phonological Skills and Learning to Read.

Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Ltd.

Hales, G. (Ed.) (1994) Dyslexia Matters. London: Whurr.

Helmquist, E. (Ed.) (2002) Dyslexia and Literacy. London: Whurr.

Hulme, C. and M. Snowling (Eds.) (1997) Dyslexia: Biology, Cognition and Intervention. London: Whurr.

Hulme, C. and M. Snowling (Eds.) (1994) Reading Development and Dyslexia.

London: Whurr.

Hunter-Carsch, M. and M. Herrington (Eds.) (2001) Dyslexia: A Psychosocial Perspective. London: Whurr.

Klein, R. M. and P. A. McMullen (Eds.) (1999) Converging  Methods for Understanding Reading and Dyslexia. London: MIT Press.

Reid, G. and J. Wearmouth (Eds.) (2002) Dyslexia and Literacy, Theory and Practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Robertson, J. (2000) Dyslexia and Reading: A Neuropsychological Approach. London: Whurr.

Shapiro, K. et al (1998) Specific Reading Disability: A View of the Spectrum. Timonium, MD: York Press.

Snowling, M. (2000) Dyslexia. London: Blackwell.

Somerset Education Department (2000) The Specific Learning Difficulty of Dyslexia. Somerset County Council.

Thomson, M. (2001) The Psychology of Dyslexia. London: Whurr.

Thomson, P. and P. Gilchrist (1997) Dyslexia: A Multidisciplinary Approach. London: Chapman and Hall.

Van den Bos, K. P. et al (Eds.) (1994) Current Directions in Dyslexia Research. Lisse: Swets and Zeitlinger.


2. Assessment

Beech, J. R. and C. Singleton (1997) The Psychological Assessment of Reading.  London: Routledge.

British Psychological Society (1999) Dyslexia, Literacy and Psychological Assessment. Leicester: The British Psychological Society.

Nicholson, C. L. and C. L. Alcorn Educational Applications of the WISC-III – A Handbook of Interpretive Strategies and Remedial Applications. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Searls, E. (1994) How to Detect Reading/Learning Disabilities Using the

WISC-III. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Truch, S. (1993) The WISC-III Companion: A Guide to Interpretation and Educational Intervention. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Turner, M. (1997) The Psychological Assessment of Dyslexia. London: Whurr.


3. Early Years

Blachman, B. (1997) Foundations of Reading Acquisition: Implications for Early Intervention. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Cotterill, G. (1970) Teaching the Non-reading Dyslexic Child.  Wisbech, Cambs: Learning Development Aids.

Hornsby, B. (1996) Before Alpha – Learning Games for the Under Fives. London: Souvenir Press.

Muter, V. (2003) Early Reading Development and Dyslexia. London: Whurr.

Stansfield, J. (2001) Catch’em Young. Somerset: R-E-M Publications.

Torgensen, J. K. (1995) Phonological Awareness: A Critical Factor in Dyslexia.

Baltimore: International Dyslexia Association.


4. Further Education

Clayton, (1996) Access, Students and Dyslexia: A Guide to Good Practice. Canterbury, UK: University of Kent.

Gilroy, D. and T. Miles (1996) Dyslexia at College (2nd edition). London: Routledge.

Goodwin and Thomson (1995) Adult Students and Dyslexia: A resource book for adult students and staff. Milton Keynes: Open University

Grant, D. (2002) The Dyslexias and Diagnostic Issues in Higher Education. University of London: National Association of Disability Officers.

Hammond and F. Hercules (2000) Understanding Dyslexia: An Introduction for Dyslexic Students in Higher Education. Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art. (free download at )

Heaton, P. (2000) Dyslexia: Students in Need. London: Whurr.

Hunter-Carsch, M. and M. Herrington (Eds.) (2001) Dyslexia and Effective Learning in Secondary and Tertiary Education. London: Whurr.

James, D. (1994) Guidelines for Working Effectively with Students with Disabilities. Canberra: Australian National University.

Klein, C. (1997) Diagnosing Dyslexia: A Guide to the Assessment of Adults with Specific Learning Difficulties. London: The Basic Skills Agency.

Open University, (1991) Dyslexia: A Resource Booklet for Staff and Students. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Peelo, M. (1994) Helping Students with Study Problems. Milton Keynes: The Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press.

Reid, G. and J. Kirk (2001) Dyslexia in Adults: Education and Employment. Chichester: Wiley.

Reiff et al, (1997) Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults with Learning Disabilities. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Shapiro and Rich, (1999) Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years. NY: Oxford University Press.

Singleton, C. et al, (1999) Dyslexia in Higher Education: Policy, Provision and Practice, (Report of the National Working Party on Dyslexia in Higher Education). Hull: University of Hull Department of Psychology.


5. General Interest

Chivers, M.  (2001)  Practical Strategies for Living with Dyslexia. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Faludy, T. and A. Faludy (1996) A Little Edge of Darkness: A Boy’s Triumph Over Dyslexia. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Hornsby, B. (2001) Dyslexics I Have Known: Reaching for the Stars. London: Whurr.

Lee, C. and R. Jackson (1993) Faking It – A Look into the Mind of a Creative Learner.  London: Cassell.

Osmond, J. (1994) The Reality of Dyslexia.  London: Cassell Education and Channel 4

Ott, P. (1997) How to Detect and Manage Dyslexia. London: Heinemann.

Riddick, B., J. Wolfe and D. Lumsdon (2002) Dyslexia – A Practical Guide for

Teachers and Parents. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Salter, R. and I. Smythe (Eds.) (2nd ed. 2003) The International Book of Dyslexia. London: World Dyslexia Network Foundation

Sanders, M. (2001) Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process: A Guide for Educators and Parents. NY: Allyn and Bacon.

West, T. G. (1991) In the Mind’s Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People with Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity. NY: Prometheus Books.


6. Historical Interest

Berlin, R. (1887) Eine besondere art der wortblindheit: Dyslexia (A Special kind of word blindness: Dyslexia) Wiesbaden, Germany: J. F. Bergmann

Dejerine, J. (1892) Contribution a l’etude anatomo-pathologigue et clinique des differentes varietes de cecite verbale (Contribution to the anatomo-pathological and clinical studies of different types of word blindness) Memoiriale Societe Biologigue, 61.

Fernald, G. M. (1943) Remedial Techniques in Basic School Subjects. New York: McGraw-Hill

Gillingham, A. and B. Stillman (1960) Remedial Training for Children with Specific Disability in Reading, Spelling and Penmanship. Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Services

Hinshelwood, J. (1917) Congenital Word Blindness. London: H. K. Lewis.

Montessori, M. (1912) The Montessori Method. New York: Frederick Stokes.

Morgan, W. P. (1896, Nov 7) Wordblindness. British Medical Journal, 2, 1378.

Orton, S. T. (1925) Word-blindness in School Children. Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 14, 581-615.


7. Inclusion/Differentiation/Learning Style

Armstrong, F., D. Armstrong and D. Barton (1999) Inclusive Education: Policy, Contexts and Comparative Perspectives. London: David Fulton Publishers

Evans, L., L. Lunt, K. Wedell and A. Dyson (1999) Collaborating for Effectiveness: Empowering Schools to be Inclusive. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Frederickson, N. and T. Cline (2002) Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity – A Textbook. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Given, B. and G. Reid (1999) Learning Styles: A Guide for Teachers and Parents. Lancashire: Red Rose.

Grainger, T. and J. Tod (2000) Inclusive Education Practices. London: David Fulton Publications.

Hart, S. (1996) Differentiation and the Secondary Curriculum. London: Routledge.

McNamara, S. and G. Moreton (1997) Understanding Differentiation: A Teacher’s Guide. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Mortimore, T. (2002) Dyslexia and Learning Style: A Practitioner’s Handbook. London: Whurr.

Peer, L. and G. Reid (2001) Dyslexia: Successful Inclusion in the Secondary School. London: Whurr.

Peer, L. (2000) Winning with Dyslexia: A Guide for Secondary Schools (3rd edition) Reading: British Dyslexia Association.

Riddick, B., M. Farmer and C. Sterling (2002) Dyslexia and Inclusion: Assessing and Support for Subject Teachers. London: Whurr.

Riding, R. and S. Rayner (1998) Cognitive Styles and Learning Strategies. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Thomson, M. (Ed.) (2003) 'Dyslexia Included' – A Whole School Approach. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Tilstane, C., P. Lacey, J. Porter and C. Robertson (1999) Pupils with Learning Difficulties in Mainstream Schools. London: David Fulton Publishers.


8. Individual Education Plans

SEELB (1998) Provision for Pupils with Special Education Needs. Belfast: SEELB.

Tod, J, (2000) Dyslexia: Individual Education Plans. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Tod, J., F. Castle and M. Blamires (1998) IEPs Implementing Effective Practice. London: David Fulton Publishers.


9. Information and Communications Technology

BECTA (1999) Dyslexia and ICT: Building on Success.  Coventry: BECTA.

Crivelli, V. (2001) Write to Read with ICT. Somerset: R-E-M Publishing.

Higgins, K. and R. Boone (Eds.) (1997)  Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Hillage, D. (2001) Count on Your Computer. Somerset: R-E-M Publishing.

Kaufman, C. and B. Whiting (2002) A Parent’s Guide to Using Computers with Dyslexic Children. Somerset: R-E-M Publications 

Keates, A. (2002) Dyslexia and Information and Communications Technology: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (2nd edition). London: David Fulton Publishers.

Meyer, A. and D. Rose (1999) Learning to Read in the Computer Age. Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books.

Stansfield, J. (Ed.) (1997) A First Handbook of IT and Special Educational Needs. Staffordshire: NASEN.


10. Introductory

Augur, J. (1996, reissue) This Book Doesn’t Make Sens  Cens  Scens Sens. London: Whurr.

Doyle, J. (2002) Dyslexia: An Introductory Guide (2nd edition). London: Whurr.

Hornsby, B. (1995) Overcoming Dyslexia (2nd edition). London: Dunitz.

Miles, T. R. and E. Miles (1999) Dyslexia, A Hundred Years On (2nd edition). Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Neanon, C. (2002) How to Identify and Support Children with Dyslexia. Wisbech, Cambs: LDA.

Prior, M.  (1996) Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties. Brighton, UK: Psychology Press.

Pumfrey, P. D. and R. Reason (1991) Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia): Challenges and Responses. London: Routledge.

Ryden, M. (1996) Dyslexia: How Would I Cope? (3rd edition) London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Townend, J. (2000) Understanding Dyslexia – A Teacher’s Perspective. Wisbech, Cambs: LDA and Dyslexia Institute


11. Parents

Chivers, M. (1997) A Parents’ Guide to Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties. Peterborough: Need2Know.

Hall, S. L., L. C. Moats and R. Lyon (1998) Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years. New York: Contemporary Books – McGraw-Hill.

Heaton, P. (1996) Dyslexia: Parents in Need. London: Whurr.

Topping, K. (2001) Thinking Reading Writing: A Practical Guide to Paired Learning with Peers, Parents & Volunteers. New York & London: Continuum.

Van der Stoll, S. (1990) Parents on Dyslexia. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Wolfendale, S. and T. Bryans (2001) Word Play (help and advice for parents and carers of 4 – 7 year olds) (revised). Staffordshire: NASEN.


12. Post-Primary

Cogan, J. and M. Flecker (2003) Dyslexia in Secondary School. London: Whurr.

Cottrell. S. (1999) The Study Skills Handbook. London. Macmillan Press.

Griffiths, M. (2002) Study Skills and Dyslexia in the Secondary School. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Harris, I. and O. Caviglioli (2001). Mapwise: Accelerated Learning Through Visible Thinking. Stafford, UK: Network Educational Press Ltd.

Hart, S. (1996) Differentiation and the Secondary Curriculum. London: Routledge.

Holloway, J. (2000) Dyslexia in Focus at 16+: An Inclusive Approach. Tamworth: NASEN Publications

Hunter-Carsch, M. and M. Herrington (Eds.) (2001) Dyslexia and Effective Learning in Secondary and Tertiary Education. London: Whurr.

Lenz, K., E. S. Ellis and D. Scanlon (1996) Teaching Learning Strategies to

Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

McCormack, W. (2001) Lost for Words: Dyslexia at Second-level and Beyond (2nd. Ed.). Dublin: Tower Press.

Moore, K. (2000) Making Your Secondary Classroom Dyslexia Friendly. Barnetby-le-Wold: Desktop Publications.

Multi-Sensory Learning Ltd. 50 Practical Learning Strategies. Northamptonshire, UK: MSL Ltd.

Multi-Sensory Learning Ltd. Supporting the Dyslexic Pupil. Northamptonshire, UK: MSL Ltd.

Strichart, S., C. T. Mangrum II and P. Iannuzzi (2001) Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills (to students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders or special needs) (3rd edition). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


13. Pupils

Agnew, M., S. Barlow, L. Pascal and S. Skidmore (1995) Get Better Grades. London: Picadilly Press.

North, V. and T. Buzan (2001) Get Ahead – Mind Map Your Way to Success. Dorset: Buzan Centres Ltd.

Peer, L. (1997) A Young Person's Guide to Dyslexia. Reading: British Dyslexia Association

Riddick, B., M. Farmer and C. Sterling (1997) Students with Dyslexia: Growing Up with a Specific Learning Difficulty. London: Whurr.


14. Special Interest

Edwards, J. (1994) The Scars of Dyslexia: Eight Case Studies in Emotional Reactions. London: Cassell.

Evans, B. (2002) Dyslexia and Vision. London: Whurr

Goulandris, N. (Ed.) (2002) Dyslexia: Cross-Linguistic Comparisons. London: Whurr.

Goulandris, N. (2001) Dyslexia in Different Languages. London: Whurr.

Kurnoff, S. (2000) The Human Side of Dyslexia. (This is an e-book downloadable at )

Miles, T. R. and V. Varma (1995) Dyslexia and Stress. London: Whurr.

Miles, T. R. and J. Westcombe (Eds) (2001) Music and Dyslexic. London: Whurr.

Montgomery, D.  (2000) Able Underachievers. London: Whurr.

Oglethorpe, S. (2002) Instrumental Music for Dyslexics: A Teaching Handbook. (2nd edition). London: Whurr.

Peer, L. and G. Reid (2000) Multilingualism, Literacy and Dyslexia: A Challenge for Educators. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Riddick, B. (1996) Living with Dyslexia: The Social and Emotional Consequences of Specific Learning Difficulties.  London: Routledge.

Snowling, M. and J. Stackhouse (1996) Dyslexia, Speech and Language: A Practitioner’s Handbook. London: Whurr.

Stackhouse, J. and B Wells (1997) Children’s Speech and Literacy Difficulties Book 1: A Psycholinguistic Framework. London: Whurr.

Stackhouse, J. and B. Wells (2000) Children’s Speech and Literacy Difficulties Book 2: Identification and Intervention. London: Whurr.

Stein, J. (1991) Vision and Visual Dyslexia. Basingstoke: Macmillan.


15. Teaching

Alston, J. (1995) Assessing and Promoting Writing Skills. Staffordshire: NASEN.
Bain, A. M. L. L. Bailet, and L. Moats (2001) Written Language Disorders : Theory Into Practice (2nd edition). Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Birsh, J (Ed.) (1999) Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Calver, J., S. Ranson and D. Smith (1999) Key Stage 2: Helping with Reading Difficulties. Stafordshire: NASEN.

Broomfield, H. and M. Combley (2003) Overcoming Dyslexia: A Practical Handbook for the Classroom (2nd edition). London: Whurr.

Brown, G. D. A. and N. C. Ellis (Eds.) (1994) Handbook of Spelling: Theory, Process and Intervention. Chichester: Wiley.

Buzan, T. (1995) The Mind Map Book London: BBC Publications.

Crombie, M. (1997) Specific Learning Difficulties: A Teachers’ Guide (2nd edition). Northumberland: Ann Arbor.

Hall, J. K., A. E. Grimes, and B. Salas (1999) Evaluating and Improving Written Expression: A Practical Guide for Teachers. Austin, TX: PRO-ED

Heaton, P. and G. Mitchell (2000) Dyslexia: Students in Need. London: Whurr.

Heaton, P. and P. Winterson (1996) Dealing with Dyslexia (2nd edition). London: Whurr.

Higgins, J. et al. Practical Ideas That Really Work for Students with Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders. Austin, TX: PRO-ED

Hinson, M. and P. Smith (1997) Phonics and Phonic Resources. Staffordshire: NASEN.
Holloway, J. (2002) Rainbow of Words: Activities for Speaking and Listening, (reprint). Staffordshire: NASEN

Jordan, D. R.  (2002) Overcoming Dyslexia in Children, Adolescents and Adults (3rd Edition). Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Lerner, J. (2000) Learning Disabilities – Theories, Diagnosis and Teaching Strategies (7th edition). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

McNicholas, J. and J. McEntee (1991) Games to Improve Reading Levels. Staffordshire: NASEN.

Pollock, J. and E. Waller (1997) Day-to-Day Dyslexia in the Classroom (revised). London: Routledge.

Reason, R. and R. Boote (1994) Helping Children with Reading and Spelling. London: Routledge.

Reid, G. (2003) Dyslexia, A Practitioner’s Handbook (3rd edition). Chichester: Wiley.

Reid, G. (Ed.) (1996) Dimensions of Dyslexia: Volumes One and Two. Edinburgh: Moray House Publications.

Smith P., M. Hinson and D. Smith (1998) Spelling and Spelling Resources

Staffordshire: NASEN.

Stowe, C. M. (2000) How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Townend, J. and M. Turner (Eds.) (2000) Dyslexia in Practice: A Guide for Teachers. New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Walton, M. (1998) Teaching Reading and Spelling to Dyslexic Children. London: David Fulton Publishers.


16. Workplace & Adults

Bartlett, D. and S. Moody (2000) Dyslexia in the Workplace. London: Whurr.

Basic Skills Agency (2002) Provide Training Pack; the Basic Skills Brokerage Scheme. London: The Author

BDA (2002) Teacher Assessment of Dyslexic Adults (free download at

Employers’ Forum on Disability Briefing Paper 6: A Practical Guide in Employment Adjustments for Dyslexic People. London: The Author

Gerber and Reiff (Eds.) (1994) Learning Disabilities in Adulthood: Persisting Problems and Evolving Issues.  Stoneham, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Katz, Goldstein and Beers (2001) Learning Disabilities in Older Adolescents and Adults: Clinical Utility of the Neuropsychological Perspective. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers.

Klein, C. (1997) Diagnosing Dyslexia: A Guide to the Assessment of Adults with Specific Learning Difficulties. London: The Basic Skills Agency.

Knight, D. Adults with Dyslexia: Aspiring and Achieving. Orton Emeritus Monograph Series, Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association.

Krupska and C. Klein (1995) Demystifying Dyslexia. London: London Language and Literacy Unit. 

McLoughlin, D. et al, (1999) The Adult Dyslexic. London: Whurr.

McLoughlin, D. et al (1997) Adult Dyslexia: Interventions and Outcomes. London: Whurr.

McLoughlin D. et al, (1994) Adult Dyslexia: Assessment, Counselling and Training. London: Whurr.

Mikulecky, L. (1995) ‘Literacy Practices in Today’s Workplace’ in National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center Volume 2, Number 1, pp 3-4.    

Morgan and Klein, C. (2000) The Dyslexic Adult (In a Non-Dyslexic World). London: Whurr.

Reid, G. H. and J. Kirk (2000) Dyslexia in Adults: A Practical Guide for Working and Learning. Chichester: Wiley.

Reid, G. (2001) Dyslexia in Adults: Education and Employment. Chichester: Wiley

Reid, Kirk, Hui and Mullin (1999) Adult Dyslexia for Employment, Practice and Training. A Report on Best Practice in Dyslexia Assessment, Support and Training in the Employment Service.   Employment Service September 1999.

Reiff et al, (1997) Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults with Learning Disabilities. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

Riddick, B. M. Farmer and C. Sterling (1997) Students and Dyslexia. London: Whurr.

Shapiro, J. and R. Rich, (1999) Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years. NY: Oxford University Press.