Recommended Reading

The following are a list of books the IDA recommends on Dyslexia, literacy and related topics.

All of these books are available via Amazon Smile–a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchase to the IDA-UMB. Simply visit, enter “Upper Midwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association” in the search bar, then find/purchase your book. We appreciate your support!

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Basic Facts about Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems

Louisa Cook Moats, KarenE. Dakin

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Basic Facts about Assessment of Dyslexia Testing and Teaching

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

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Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading

Louisa Moats, Karen E. Dakin, and R. Malatesha Joshi

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Overcoming Dyslexia

Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

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Proust and the Squid

Maryanne Wolf

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Unlocking Literacy

Marcia K. Henry

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Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention

Nancy Mather, Barbara J. Wendling

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Nowhere to Hide
Jerome J Schultz, Ph. D.
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Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, One Hundred Letters

Aidan A. Colvin

Shelly Bayer

Shelly Bayer, PhD

Dr. Shelly Bayer is the Assistant Director for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at South Dakota State University where she works with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to create a culture of teaching excellence by promoting evidence-based strategies and encouraging professional and personal growth mindsets. Shelly earned her B.A. in English Education from South Dakota State University, her Masters of Education in Literacy (Certified Reading Specialist) from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and her doctorate in Education Administration – Adult & Higher Education through the University of South Dakota. Prior to her current employment, Shelly taught in public schools in Brookings, SD and Las Vegas, NV. Her educational background combined with her son’s identification as a dyslexic learner inspired her to work to create environments and systems that embrace the strengths of every learner and value each learner’s contributions to the process. Shelly joined the IDA-UMB Board of Directors in April 2018. She was elected as President in July 2021.