BOM (Book of the Month) for April: Reading In the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention. Stanislas Dehaene. Viking, 2009.
Author of The Number Sense, Dehaene explores how our neurons must be rewired when we, as children, begin to learn to read. Per the dust jacket, "Dehaene convincingly argues that the emergence of cultural inventions, including writing, is constrained by the prior architecture of our primate brain."
The book is an astonishingly thorough investigation of all facets of the intricate workings of the human mind as it reads. Essential for educators, fascinating for anyone who loves language.