Reports, books, articles, videos


IDA Dyslexia Handbook - What Every Family Should Know. International Dyslexia Association. 2014. This handbook contains information about the characteristics of dyslexia, what it is and what it isn’t, assessment of dyslexia, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas and a vast array of resources. The handbook contains information that will be useful throughout a child’s life, from elementary school through college.

Dyslexia in the Classroom What Every Teacher Needs to Know. International Dyslexia Association. 2013. 

Foundations for Literacy: An Evidence-based Toolkit for the Effective Reading and Writing Teacher.  Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. 2008.

Put Reading First. The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read.  U.S. National Institute for Literacy. 2001.

Teaching Children to Read - An Evidence-Based Assessment of the scientific research literature on reading. Report of the U.S. National Reading Panel. 2000. U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Development.

Identifying and teaching children and young people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.  An independent report from Sir Jim Rose to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, U.K. 2009.

The Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read- A Framework. Sebastien Wren, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.  2000.  This document provides a  framework for the elements involved in learning to read.

The Dyslexia Dilemma: A History of Ignorance, Complacency and Resistance in Colleges of Education. 2016. by David P. Hurford et al. Journal of Childhood and Developmental Disorders. 2(3) 26-16.

Articles/Audio documentaries

At a Loss for Words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers by Emily Hanford, Aug 2019. An excellent audio documentary (with full text) discussing the flaws of the three-cueing system which is the method of teaching reading that is in the Ontario Language Arts curriculum. By American Public Media (APM) Reports (

Hard to Words: Why Aren't Our Kids Being Taught to Read?  by Emily Hanford, Sep. 2018.  Audio documentary (with full text). By American Public Media (APM) Reports (

Books by the International Dyslexia Association

These books are available through the bookstore on IDA's website. Prices on the US IDA website are in U.S. dollars and you must contact them for shipping to Canada.  You can also purchase them directly at ONBIDA events such as our annual conference.  Prices for these books on Amazon and other booksellers are often much higher. 


Basic Facts About Dyslexia 

by Louisa Cook Moats, Karen E. Dakin



Basic Facts About Assessment of Dyslexia

by Susan C. Lowell, Rebecca H. Felton, Pamela E. Hook


From ABC to ADHD What Parents Should Know About Dyslexia and Attention Problems

by Eric Q. Tridas

Other Books

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Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention 

by Nancy Mather & Barbara J. Wendling



Overcoming Dyslexia

by Dr. Sally Shaywitz


Language at the Speed of Sight

by Mark Seidenberg


Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties

by David A. Kilpatrick


Dyslexia Advocate

by Kelli Sandman-Hurley


This book talks about advocacy within the U.S. school system but there is a lot of helpful content that is not specific to any school system (eg. interpreting assessments, writing meaningful goals in IEPs).

Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, 2nd Edition

The goal of Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, 2nd Edition is to demystify the assessment process and make it less intimidating.

Special Education Law

An Educator's Guide to Special Education Law

by Brenda Bowlby, Catherine Peters, Martha Mackinnon 


This book provides an in-depth description of the Special Education law and process in Ontario.

Reading and the Brain

Proust and the Squid The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

by Maryanne Wolf 


Reading in the Brain 

by Stanislas Dehaene


Structured Literacy Instruction

Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills  

by Judith R. Birsh


Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills Activity Book 

by Suzanne Carreker & Judith R. Birsh 


Unlocking Literacy 

by Marcia K. Henry


Speech to Print 

by Louisa Cook Moats


Videos & Webinars

What is Dyslexia? - a Ted-Talk by Kelly Sandman-Hurley.

Dyslexia and the Brain - by

The International Dyslexia Association has a series of free recorded webinars on topics such as Overcoming Dyslexia, IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and Teacher Certification.

Upper Mid-West Branch of IDA regularly offers free live webinars on various topics dealing with dyslexia.  Upcoming webinars are listed here and recorded webinars are available on their website. CEU's are available at a nominal cost.

Southern California Tri-Council Branch of IDA also has regular webinars; recorded webinars are available here.  Click on the icons on the top of the page to access the archived webinars by year.

Learning Ally is a national non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, with access to over 80,000 audiobooks and other dyslexia resources, including webinars.  Unfortunately, the audiobook collection is only available to residents of the U.S. (due to copyright law).