Summer is the perfect time to brush up on your teaching skills and learn about any new or updated teaching strategies. I’m sharing my top recommendations for professional development books for reading and phonics.
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I love a good book on the latest research and recommendations for educators, especially when it relates to reading and phonics. I know this is not for everyone, but I guess I’m a nerd at heart. Some people prefer videos or courses, but I prefer to learn by reading. So if you’re like me, you’ll love this list!
And of course, all of these books follow the science of reading!
This book is SO GOOD and really easy to read! I always recommend this to parents since it’s written for everyone, instead of just for teachers. I love how it breaks down every ‘rule’ and shows how logical English actually is. This is very practical for any educator!
If you’re interested in the latest research about how we learn to read, and a more in-depth look at how the brain works when we read, then this book is for you. The second half of this book gets quite scientific but it’s interesting enough that most people don’t mind. It’s a fascinating book that helped make sense of why certain methods of teaching reading work or don’t work.
This is a great book for anyone new to the science of reading. It’s very easy to read and focuses on 6 manageable shifts you can make in the classroom. It explains everything well without going too deep and will help with the obstacles commonly faced when trying to change our instructional practice.
This is more of a textbook but it’s chock full of resources and examples. Skim it, highlight, take notes, and keep it as a reference because you will definitely refer to this for years to come. Try finding a used version to save some money because it is expensive.
This book is very popular and highly recommended for anyone who teaches phonics. It focuses on phonemic awareness and improving instant word recognition, and is a comprehensive program you can implement in just minutes a day. It has everything you need, with all the exercises in a spiral-bound format.
This is an absolute must-have for all elementary and ELA teachers! It’s dense but easy to read, has lots of exercises and examples, helpful graphics, and updated research. It covers spelling, phonology, print, morphology, syntax, and how meaning is conveyed. This book will have you putting up a sound wall before the new school year starts!
If you teach reading then you need this book! It’s pricey so look for a used version. This book gives you step-by-step instructions on how to teach word recognition based on the latest research. It addresses letter-sound pairings, decoding and blending, sight words, multisyllabic words, and fluency. This is another book you’ll keep around for a while.
This is more textbook-like but is also full of practical resources for teaching reading and spelling. It has activities you can use right now, lesson plans, samples, and more references. Definitely take notes, highlight, and mark up this book so you can refer to it for many years.
This is a step-by-step curriculum for k-6 focusing on decoding and spelling that aligns with LETRS science of reading pedagogy. It’s very practical and can be used one-on-one, small group, or even whole group, and doesn’t take up a lot of time. This is where phoneme grapheme mapping came from. (If you clicked on the image and saw the astronomical price on Amazon, click the button below which takes you to the publisher listing at $55)
Now whatever you read, make sure you take notes so you can remember to implement all the awesome things you learned!
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