While reading can be a little frustrating for children with dyslexia, with the right books and learning techniques it doesn’t have to be. Reading should be something for everyone to enjoy, that’s why we want to talk about books that are great for children with dyslexia!

So let’s take a look at what dyslexia is, how it can present in children and what books we think are best for children that have dyslexia. 

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that can make writing and spelling difficult, and it affects both children and adults. It’s important to know that dyslexia doesn’t impact children’s intelligence.

But dyslexia can be a bit of a barrier to learning if children aren’t given the right support. It’s important that children get that support as soon as possible as it doesn’t go away and it’s something that children will have to learn to live with. 

That’s why, if you spot any signs that your child may have dyslexia, you should contact their school, or speak to education experts. The sooner children get help with managing dyslexia, the sooner they can enjoy learning. 

What are the signs of dyslexia?

Dyslexia in children presents in several ways, and if your child is showing any of these signs it could be worth checking if they have dyslexia.

  • They’re struggling to learn to read on their own
  • They have difficulty with concentration, particularly when they attempt to read
  • They’re overactive and struggle to sit down to focus on schoolwork
  • Their spelling and handwriting standard is poor
  • Understanding information and instructions can be a struggle
  • Their organisation and planning is an issue.

How can I make my child feel better about having dyslexia?

There are some unfortunate myths about dyslexia and how it can be an indicator of poor intelligence. These aren’t true and schools are doing more to highlight that now, and support children with dyslexia to reach their potential. But if your child is a bit distressed by their dyslexia, try framing it in a positive light for them. Here are four dyslexia superpowers!

  • Resilient learner! Children with dyslexia have to work a bit harder to learn, so they build up a lot of resilience even for the most challenging things to learn!
  • Creative problem solver! A great thing about dyslexia is it makes you more creative, as sometimes finding the solution to problems isn’t straightforward.
  • Amazing talker! Because writing can be unreliable for children with dyslexia, they can become great talkers and public speakers!
  • Incredible storyteller! Dyslexic children often remember things best through stories, and they’re great at telling stories as a way to communicate.

Which books are best for children with dyslexia?

We know that there’s something powerful for children in feeling represented by the stories that they read. So, here are some of our favourite books for and about children with dyslexia!

Diary of a Dyslexic School Kid by Alais Winton and Zac Millard

Experience day-to-day life for a dyslexic kid, including school life, bullying and coping with tests and homework, in this frank and funny diary.

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree is about a girl named Ally Nickerson who has dyslexia and faces the struggles of not being able to read and everyday struggles any student can relate to.

Hacking the Code: The Ziggety Zaggety Road of a Dyslexic Kid by Gea Meijering

Hacking the Code is a fun, friendship-centered story that shows how every brain works differently, and how we all have different strengths.

It's Called Dyslexia by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be Dyslexic? Learn what it's like and about some of the tools that can help with overcoming Dyslexia.

Magnificent Meg: A Read-Aloud Book to Encourage Children with Dyslexia by Andra Harris

Magnificent Meg will encourage and delight both children and their parents. She shares what helps her the most as a young reader who has dyslexia.

Dyslexia and Me by Amy Rainbow

Expert tips and mindful activities for young people with dyslexia.

Reading to and supporting your child with dyslexia

We hope you enjoyed the selection of books we’d recommend for children with dyslexia. Remember that it’s always a good idea to read to your child to encourage a love of reading, and to help them enjoy the stories even when they’re struggling. 

And perhaps some inspiring stories and tools characters use to get by with dyslexia can inspire your child too!

If you need some extra support for your child and believe they might have dyslexia, why not talk to us? Explore Learning’s tutors are trained to be adaptable to various learning styles and know how to support children with dyslexia. So get in touch and we’ll be happy to help support your child with dyslexia.

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