Engaging. Innovative. Supportive. Successful.

Steve Wilkins' Reading List-- Books and Articles

The following books are among the most relevant to understanding (a) the basis for Carroll’s educational philosophy, (b) profiles of Carroll-like students, (c) effective educational programming, (d) evidence-based practices, (e) innovations of promise, (f) reading, math, and cognitive interventions, and (g) how the human brain learns. We suggest that one reads these excellent books in roughly the following order:

1. Overcoming Dyslexia, Shaywitz and Shaywitz— Start your reading about dyslexia with this book.  These Yale researchers have written the primer for all of us in the field, including inquisitive parents.

2. The Dyslexic Advantage, Eide and Eide— The most recently published of all these books, the Eides present evidence that there is a distinct advantage to the dyslexic profile.

3. Mindset, Dweck— A growth mindset is essential for working successfully with children who learn differently.  This book describes a constructive mindset for thinking differently about alleged problems and disabilities.

4. Proust and the Squid, Wolf— A wonderful historical perspective on how it came to be the humans can read and why some human brains struggle with reading.

5. The Learning Brain, Klingberg-  An accessible book (2013) written with good stories and examples of how the human brain learns.  Klingberg explains the relationship among dyslexia, working memory, and executive function with stunning clarity.

6. Number Sense and Number Nonsense, Krasa and Shankwiler— This book provides the research basis for establishing an effective math education program for children with language based learning difficulties.

7. The Number Sense, deHaene— This edition is the 2011 update of Dehaene’s original 1996 seminal book on math learning and the human brain.

8. Reading in the Brain, deHaene— A brilliant, if complex, analysis of the neural mechanisms essential for developing an efficient reading brain. deHaene describes the dyslexic brain in elegant detail.

9. Thinking Goes to School, Furth and Wachs— Cognitive development refers to the ability of the human brain to strengthen underlying weaknesses; this book provides the theoretical framwork for much of the Cognitive Development program in the Lower School.

To see a complete list of Steve’s Wilkins’ top choices, click here.

A list of recommended articles about dyslexia and related topics: