Vocabulary Development Reading List

For a long time now I have been reading about vocabulary development. After teaching English Language and English Literature for over a decade and a half (including child language acquisition), I came to the stark realisation that I didn’t know enough about how children not only learnt to read, but went on to read to learn.

Vocabulary – a vital strand of reading and understanding – well, that was a problem, but I simply didn’t recognise it. In my classrooms, like most others, it was hidden in plain sight.

Over the last two years, since the new curriculum has crashed headlong into our schools, I have seen in classrooms the issues posed by increased reading comprehension demands, at primary and secondary school. I have been reading and researching, in making my book, Closing the Vocabulary Gap, and I thought it would be useful to share that reading and offer really valuable links:


Online articles (FREE) and extended writing:


People to follow on Twitter:

There are a wealth of experts, commentators and researchers on vocabulary, reading, language development and literacy on Twitter to follow that aren’t mentioned above. Just a sample would include: Kate Nation, Emma James, Stephen Parsons, Tim Shanahan, Jessie Ricketts, Megan Dixon, Laura Shapiro, Bob Cox, Rob Smith, Teresa CreminSarah McGeownGeraldine CarterAnne Castles, Tom MartellDianne MurphyPie CorbettPamela Snow, Simon Smith, Kathy Rastle, Barbara BleimanAidan SeversMartin GalwayVictoria Murphy, and many, many more.

Find a shortened PDF version of the reading list HERE.

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