Learning to Read Research

The National Right to Read Foundation gathers articles and studies from across the nation—and sometimes the world—to create a comprehensive archive of reading research for parents and teachers. Below, click on the arrows to drill down by topic, or enter a keyword into the search bar.



More than 100 years of scientific reading research, including brain imaging studies, have conclusively proven that learning to read proficiently requires learning the 26 letters of the alphabet, the 44 sounds those letters represent and the 70 common ways to spell them.

This bibliography of scientific research on reading instruction references more than 100,000 studies that confirm this fact. It is now possible to teach every student to read proficiently using the time-tested, research based products listed on this website and available to every parent and teacher in America.



Compiled by The National Right to Read Foundation
May, 2014
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Reading and the Brain–The Science of How We Read. DeHaene, Stanislas MORE

Progress in Understanding Reading—Scientific Foundations and New Frontiers. Stanovich, Keith MORE

Report of the National Reading Panel—Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implication for Reading Instruction. MORE

Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children. Stanovich, Keith MORE

Synergistic Education Solutions. Lyon, Dr. Reid MORE

The Voice of Evidence in Reading Research. Peggy McCardle “Ph.D. MPH” MORE

Uncovering the Logic of English. MORE

Current research on teaching systematic phonics and brain research. National Institute of Health MORE

Bibliography on Empirical Research on Reading Instruction. MORE

Official Journal of the Society of the Scientific Study of Reading. MORE

Summary of Scientific Research on Reading conducted by NICHD MORE

The Science of Reading: A Handbook Edited by Margaret J. Snowling and Charles Hulme MORE

Research Methods in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics: A Practical Guide MORE



If you would like to dig in further to our research archive, we have a listing here.