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J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., a former university professor and elementary school teacher, is author of Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write-From Baby to Age 7 (Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books). His other books include The Science of Spelling (Heinemann) as well as a popular spelling textbook series for grades K-8, Spelling Connections (Zaner-Bloser).Learn more

Who Wants to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read?

This new highly acclaimed book for parents and preschool/kindergarten caregivers is impacting the world of beginning reading. Read more....

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Can spelling education help reform American schools?

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Friday, February 7, 2014. Dr. Gentry will be a keynote speaker at the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

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Recent Posts

The Importance of Handwriting Instruction

In Plain Language: 5 Big FAQ’s About Dyslexia

10 Rules for Kindergarten Readiness in Spanish

5 Ways to Motivate Young Writers and Readers

10 Rules for Reading Aloud to Preschoolers

How Writing Instruction Is Changing in Schools

Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K

New Standards Demand Higher Expectations For Spelling

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Core of Writing

In the last couple of years, I have been working with two wonderful collegues in developing a series of books for teachers, K-6, entitled Getting to the Core of Writing, Essential Lessons for Every Student. These seven standalone books provide teachers with a full year of writing lessons targeted to a specific grade level. Read More


When doing research for Raising Confident Readers, I discovered some remarkable findings that might surprise parents. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about reading aloud to babies, and whether or not babies can read. Read more.

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