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Recommended Books About Learning to Read, Language and Literacy

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Phonological Awareness: What It Is and How to Teach It

The Role of Speech and Language in Children’s Literacy Difficulties

Phonological Awareness: What It Is and How to Teach It

Rhymes and Reasons: Literature & Language Play for Phonological Awareness
by Michael F. Opitz

Book Description from Amazon: “Here at last is a theoretically sound, delightfully readable alternative to commercial phonics kits. Rhymes and Reasons is a smart, up-to-date, all-in-one guide to phonological awareness – what it is, what it isn’t, and the best practices for teaching it. Most important, it spotlights the best of recently published children’s literature that can be used to foster children’s understanding of phonological awareness in enjoyable and meaningful contexts. …In clear and accessible prose, he explains the differences between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics. All sorts of language play are explored – assonance, rhyme, rhythm, phoneme substitution, alliteration, and more – as Opitz provides detailed suggestions for teaching these features…”
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Road to the Code: A Phonological Awareness Program for Young Children
by Benita A. Blachman, Eileen Wynne Ball, Rochella Black, Darlene Tangel

Book Description from Amazon: “For kindergartners and first graders who need extra work on their early literacy skills, this proven plan for teaching phonemic awareness and letter-sound correspondence is a teacher’s best friend. Expert researchers created this developmentally sequenced, 11-week program in order to give students repeated opportunities to practice and enhance their beginning reading and spelling abilities. Each of the 44, 15 to 20 minute lessons features a “say-it-and-move-it” activity, a letter name and sound instruction exercise, and phonological awareness practice. Perfect for small groups or individual instruction, this program is easy for teachers to use and understand because detailed scripted instructions and reproducible materials – such as picture cards, letter cards, and games – are provided. And teachers have the flexibility to shorten or extend the amount of time it takes for a student to complete the program…”
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Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years
by Susan Hall, Louisa Moats, Reid Lyon
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Reading Reflex
by Carmen McGuinness, Geoffrey McGuinness

Description from Amazon: “…the key to learning how to read effectively is recognizing the sounds that letters and words represent. With the help of the revolutionary system known as Phono-Graphix, you and your child can discover the sound-picture code that is the foundation of the written English language. …Reading Reflex provides you with:

  • Simple diagnostic tests to determine your child’s reading level, and a Literacy Growth Chart so you’ll know what goals to establish
  • Detailed instructions and illustrations to help your child develop strong, consistent reading skills and to correct ineffective reading strategies such as part-word reading and memorizing
  • Fun and easy-to-follow exercises, hands-on materials, worksheets, stories, and games that you and your child can do together
  • Enjoyable lessons that are carefully constructed to meet the interests and capabilities of children of all ages…”

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Classrooms That Work: They Can All Read and Write
by Patricia Cunningham, Richard Allington
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Making Words: Multilevel, Hands-On Developmentally Appropriate Spelling and Phonics Activities
by Patricia Cunningham, Dorothy Hall
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Phonics They Use: Words for Reading and Writing
by Patricia Cunningham
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Phonemic Awareness in Young Children : A Classroom Curriculum
by Marilyn Jager Adams, Barbara R., Ph.D. Foorman, ingv Lundberg, Ingvar Lundberg, Terri Beeler
From “Phonemic awareness is the first step in any child’s journey to literacy, and more than 25% of all children don’t master it by third grade. Specifically targeting phonemic awareness, this program helps young children learn to distinguish the individual sounds that make up words and affect their meanings. With the unique screening method that accommodates up to 15 children at a time, educators can gauge the general skill level of the class and identify children who may need additional testing. And teachers can choose from a range of activities to use with the whole class-from simple listening games to more advanced sound manipulation exercises such as rhyming, alliteration, and segmentation.
” It has everything teachers need: teaching objectives; lesson plans and sample scripts; activity adaptations; troubleshooting guidelines; suggested kindergarten and first-grade schedules; an appendix of advanced language games; informal, large group screening tests; guidelines for interpreting screening test results; recommendations for further assessment…
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The Role of Speech and Language in Children’s Literacy Difficulties:

Dyslexia, Speech and Language: a Practitioner’s Handbook
by Margaret Snowling, Joy Stackhouse
(Available from Amazon UK)

Children’s Speech and Literacy Difficulties: A Psycholinguistic Framework
by Joy Stackhouse, Bill Wells

Editorial Reviews From Book News, Inc. at Amazon: “Presents a hypothesis testing approach to the investigation of speech processing skills in children with speech and literacy difficulties. After an introduction to the psycholinguistic approach, an assessment framework is built on analysis of the psycholinguistic nature of speech and auditory processing assessments. Later chapters elaborate theoretical foundations for the assessment framework. Includes detailed case studies, suggested activities involving children, and assessment instruments for each activity. For practitioners and researchers, especially speech and language pathologists and therapists, and for teachers and psychologists who work with children.” Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Language and Reading Disabilities
by Alan G. Kamhi, Hugh William Catts

Editorial Reviews From the Back Cover: “…Language acquisition is one of the key milestones in early childhood development. So much of a child’s future social and intellectual development hinges on this milestone, that its delay can create a domino effect that begins with isolation and withdrawal, turns into poor academic performance, and eventually leads to the development of learning disabilities and social problems. Recent research has revealed a dramatic link between the development of spoken language and written language among children, and the importance of language acquisition to basic reading skills. As more research becomes available about how children learn to read, evidence mounts in support of the language basis of reading disabilities. With a strong clinical and research basis, this book provides a broad perspective of language problems associated with reading disabilities. …This book compares spoken and written language, noting similarities and differences. The acquisition of reading, reading-related language abilities, and writing disorders are discussed. In the second half of the book, recognized experts in the areas of assessment and remediation of reading and writing disorders discuss the identification, assessment, and treatment of reading and writing disorders…”
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