Stories have the power to take young minds on adventures, spark imaginations, and help them learn about themselves. Some stories can help kids understand and care about people who learn differently, like those with dyslexia.
Here are 10 of the best kids' books that feature characters with dyslexia. These books are not only fun to read, but they can also help kids learn about dyslexia and understand the challenges and strengths of people who have it.
1. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally has always felt like an outsider at school. She struggles to keep up with her classmates in reading and writing, and she often feels like she's not smart enough. But when she meets a new teacher who understands dyslexia, Ally finally begins to feel like she belongs.
2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a dyslexic boy who discovers he's the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. He embarks on a quest to retrieve Zeus's stolen master lightning bolt, and along the way, he learns to embrace his dyslexia as a superpower.
3. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Melody Brooks is a brilliant girl with dyslexia who is often misunderstood by her classmates. She uses her quick wit and creative thinking to overcome her challenges and find her place in the world.
4. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Asa Holmes is a boy with dyslexia and Asperger's syndrome. He struggles to fit in at school, but he finds solace in his love for reading and writing. When his family faces a tragic loss, Asa's unique perspective helps them to heal.
5. London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Ted is a boy with dyslexia who loves puzzles and solving mysteries. When his teacher goes missing, Ted sets out to find her, using his unique skills to unravel the clues.
6. The Dyslexic Hero by David A. Adler
This non-fiction book tells the stories of ten famous people who have dyslexia, including Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Whoopi Goldberg. It shows that dyslexia is not a disability but a different way of learning.
7. Henry and Mudge: Get the Message by Cynthia Rylant
Henry is a boy with dyslexia who loves his dog, Mudge. When Henry has trouble learning to read, Mudge is there to help him.
8. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks are four sisters who spend the summer in a rented cottage. The oldest sister, Rosalind, has dyslexia, but she doesn't let it stop her from enjoying her summer adventure.
9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary Lennox is a young girl with dyslexia who is sent to live with her uncle in a large house with a mysterious secret garden. As Mary explores the garden, she learns to read and write, and she discovers the power of friendship and self-discovery.
10. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
This picture book celebrates the unique talents and abilities of all children, including those with dyslexia. It reminds us that everyone has something special to offer the world.
Numerous famous book characters have been portrayed with dyslexia, reflecting the prevalence of this learning difference and its diverse impact on individuals. Here are some notable examples:
Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series: While not explicitly mentioned, Harry Potter exhibits several characteristics consistent with dyslexia, such as difficulty with reading and writing. His strengths in other areas, such as problem-solving and bravery, suggest that dyslexia can coexist with remarkable abilities.
Diary of a Dyslexic Kid: A Real Life Story: Follow a dyslexic teenagers journey through school, from the challenges of dyslexia to the triumphs of overcoming them. This candid and humorous diary offers a fresh perspective on life with dyslexia, filled with relatable experiences and practical tips for coping with everyday life.
Follow their story as they faces bullies, juggles multiple subjects, and discover the unique strengths. This empowering book shows teens and tweens with dyslexia that they are not alone and that they have the power to succeed.
Many notable authors have dyslexia, demonstrating that this learning difference does not hinder creativity and literary prowess. Here are a few prominent examples:
Modern Dyslexic Authors
Historical Dyslexic Writers
Yes, there are many types of books specifically designed to be easy for people with dyslexia to read. These books are often referred to as "dyslexia-friendly" or "high-contrast" books. They typically have the following features:
Dyslexia Friendly Books
In addition to these features, there are also some dyslexia-friendly books that are available in digital formats. These books can be customised to meet the individual needs of the reader, such as by changing the font size, the font colour, and the background colour.
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Offer a variety of genres and reading levels, so there is something for everyone with dyslexia.
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