Our Top Three Books On The Cognitive Science Of Reading

One of the most important things children learn during their early school years is learning how to read. Both teachers and parents try their best to encourage literacy amongst the children.

Many specialists have written books on the cognitive science of reading which may help parents and teachers to learn how children learn to read. Please continue reading to find out what our top three picks are.

Language At The Speed Of Sight: How We Read, Why Many Can’t, And What Can Be Done

Written by the cognitive neuroscientist Mark Seidenberg, this book is an excellent introductory book. It dives deep into the science of reading to reveal how humans learn how to read and process language

Seidenberg’s decades of experience and research culminate in his argument that children should be taught how to read by building up their ability to connect reading with speech. Once this is done, these connections should be further developed through practice.

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain In A Digital World

Maryanne Wolf is a cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert, who wrote her highly successful, provocative book, Proust and the Squid, in 2017. That book focused on how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. 

In her latest work, Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, she compiles the new research done on children and adults’ reading brains and how it has changed in a world that is growingly becoming digitally dominated. 

The book notes that even reading has become largely digitized and explores how that has affected attention span and critical reasoning amongst children and adults. Furthermore, it discusses what may happen to the reading brain in the future as it adapts to the digital medium.

Reading In The Brain: The New Science Of How We Read

Author of the widely acclaimed book, How We Learn, Stanislas Dehaene, wrote another wonderful book, Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read. In it, he discusses how we tend to forget that reading is such an astounding act—how a few black marks on the paper evoke an entire universe of meanings. 

Considering that we do it with a brain that has evolved over the centuries is all the more fascinating. The neuroscientist Dehaene reveals the hidden logic of spelling, discusses the researchers’ findings of how we process languages, and explains how fantastic the brain is to adapt and does all these fantastic things.

Concluding Thoughts

Neurocognition sounds incredibly difficult, but it is fascinating. These authors have made it even more interesting to understand how the brain understands language and reading while also trying to keep the language easy enough for non-specialists and learners to follow.

All the teachers and parents who want to understand the science behind how they have learned and how their children are learning to read must read these. The insight these books provide will undoubtedly help them support their children’s language development and acquiring of reading skills.

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