Recommended books on literacy and English spelling reform.
Illiteracy In America, by Edward F. Dolan and Margaret M. Scaiano (2005),

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up--A thorough discussion of the subject that covers the history of illiteracy in the U.S. and places an emphasis on the problem today. Possible causes, costs to society, and remedial programs are introduced. The situation globally, especially in the developing world, is presented as well, with attention to the disproportionately high levels of females who cannot read or write. The book concludes with suggestions for individual participation in ``joining the battle'' to wipe out illiteracy. The writing is well balanced and straightforward. There are helpful subheadings, but no illustrations. A strong bibliography and index are included. This volume has a wider scope and is more difficult than Elizabeth Sirimarco's Illiteracy (Rourke, 1991) and Deborah Crisfield's Literacy (Macmillan, 1992). For students who need a complete, comprehensive survey of the topic, Dolan and Scariano's title is a suitable choice.

Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN

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English Spelling and Spelling Reform, by Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury, LL.D., L.H.D., emeritus professor of English, Yale University (1909)

A devastating rebuttal to all reasonable objections to spelling reform.  Scholarly yet wryly humorous.

Out of print; presented here in a searchable, selectable PDF format not found anywhere else.
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"The best general treatment of spelling reforms of English" - Ken Ives, Written Dialects, 1970.

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