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July Educator’s Reading List

July seems to be a month made for reading. The first crazy weeks of summer break are past, and the household has settled into a summer routine. It was hard, but I pared my suggestions down to three sizzling choices for your July book selections.


Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz


Overcoming Dyslexia is the most comprehensive book written on the topic of Dyslexia. I try to reread it every year and always find new nuggets amidst the practical advice on identifying, understanding, and overcoming difficulties associated with dyslexia. If you can’t devote enough time for a cover-to-cover read, browse the table of contents, and choose a chapter or two that seem most relevant to you now. The other chapters will be just as great when you have time to read them in the future.


Miss Pell Never Misspells by Steve Martin


The subtitle of this slim volume is “More Cool Ways to Remember Stuff.” The book is chock-full of zany yet effective ways to remember the minutia of facts that students master in the course of their school careers. For example, the five classes of vertebrates (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals) can be recalled more easily by learning the sentence, “Vertebrates must Be kept on a FARM. To keep straight the difference between the spellings of the words “which and witch,” note that the word for a magical person contains the letter t. Imagine a crone in a pointy black hat daintily sipping a cup of tea to help you remember the correct spelling. I purchased my copy of the book at a Scholastic Book Fair, but Amazon carries it too.


Discovering My Dyslexia Superpowers by Megan Nicholas


This children’s book takes a different approach to explain the differences dyslexia brings by focusing on the brilliant minds of individuals with dyslexia rather than the struggles dyslexia can bring. Very modern illustrations add to the uplifting message of this book.

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