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The following Books are Recommended for Parents by the authors of Straight Talk About Reading:

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Author

Recommended Book Titles

Publisher

Description

Adams, Marilyn Jager

(Summary prepared by Stahl, Osborn & Lehr)

Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print - A Summary

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Center for the Study of Reading, 1990

University of IL

(217) 244-4083

This summary of Marilyn Adam’s book is written in a less technical manner.
Bloom, Jill Help Me to Help My Child: A Sourcebook for Parents of Learning Disabled Children

(out of print, check libraries)

Little, Brown and Company

1990

Book written by the mother of an LD child. Gives lots of information & her story.
Healy, Ph.D., Jane M. Your Child’s Growing Mind: A Practical Guide to Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence

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Doubleday

1987, 1994

Describes how important the environment is to a child’s developing brain.
Hirsch, Jr., E.D. The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them

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Doubleday

1996

A broad overview of why Hirsh believes that schools fail children today.
Honig, Bill Teaching Our Children to Read : The Role of Skills in a Comprehensive Reading Program

 

Corwin Press

1996

Thousand Oaks, Ca.

(805) 499-9734

Explains why direct instruction in skills is critical in teaching reading. Written for educators, but parents not intimidated by educator’s terminology can read.
Levine, Dr. Mel Keeping a Head in School: A Student’s Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders

 

Educator’s Publishing Service, 1990

(800) 225- 5750

Can be used to read and discuss with a child what his/her learning disability is and how to make accommodations.
Vail, Priscilla L. About Dyslexia: Unraveling The Myth

 

Modern Learning Press, 1990 Short (50 page) book which provides an overview of dyslexia in non-technical language.
The Orton Emeritus Series

The "R" Book: Reading, Writing and Spelling - The Multisensory Structured Language Approach

For others, please contact the International Dyslexia Assoc.

The International Dyslexia Association

(410) 296-0232

Series of pamphlets written in language ideal for parents. Topics include an overview about dyslexia, testing, and social problems.
Every Child a Reader: The Report of the California Reading Task Force

Please contact California Dept. of Education.

California Dept. of Education

1995

(800) 995-4099

26 pages

Contains 10 recommendations to improve reading instruction and a reading curriculum timetable.
Teaching Reading: A Balanced, Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Reading in Pre-kindergarten Through Grade Three

Please contact California Dept. of Education.

California Dept. of Education

1996

(800) 995-4099

34 pages

Describes instructional components of recommended reading program and grade-level expectations. Prepared for educators.
Becoming a Nation of Readers

 

Center for the Study of Reading,

1984

University of IL

(217) 244-4083

Report of the Commission on Reading which is written in parent-friendly language.