To celebrate World Book Day Barrington Stoke have put together their top ten books for children with dyslexia.
When children struggle with reading for any reason, books can become a battlefield. Our selection is designed to help make reading fun again with brilliant artwork, accessible lengths, fun activities and specific dyslexia-friendly titles.
Mr Wuffles by David Wiesner (ages 6 to adult)
A picture book that’s far too good for babies! Despite his name, Mr Wuffles is no cuddly moggy – in fact, he is engaged in a turf war with a tribe of tiny aliens who have landed in his house. Almost wordless and very, very sophisticated.
Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, illustrated by Quentin Blake (ages 6 to adult)
This book will demonstrate to anyone who still thinks that illustrations are for the little ones that picture books can be very grown up indeed. Rosen’s tale of grief after the death of his son is a modern masterpiece.
The Moonshine Dragon by Cornelia Funke (ages 6 – 9)
International best seller Funke is seriously committed to children who are not, in her words, ‘book eaters’. This book is in Barrington Stoke’s Little Gems range and has dyslexia-friendly features including special paper and design.
My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards (ages 7+)
This classic story is beautifully written for less experienced readers. There’s a lot of repetition – used to charming effect – to support and encourage the reader.
The Boy with the Lightning Feet by Sally Gardner (ages 7+)
Part of Gardner’s ‘Magical Children’ series, this is the story of a child whose unhappiness is dispelled by his hidden talent. Gardner is an inspirational writer and illustrator who has not let dyslexia stop her becoming a huge success.
The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman (ages 8+)
This is a moving tale of a violin abandoned after its owner’s terrible experiences in the Holocaust. Short and extensively illustrated but packing a real punch.
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon (9+)
Pichon’s witty sketches punctuate the tales of underdog Tom’s trials in this first installment of a hugely popular series. The word-length is very achievable.
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (11+)
Many children who struggle with reading don’t immediately grasp the concept of ‘running’ the action in their heads. Muchamore’s writing is filmic in style, which is a big help. His books also come with a degree of controversy, which can help sell reading as something appealingly subversive.
Ghost Stadium by Tom Palmer (11+)
Three friends spend the night in an abandoned football stadium but it seems they may not be alone… This book is in the Barrington Stoke range and has dyslexia-friendly features including special paper and design.
Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy
Prove once and for all that books are fun with this interactive drawing manual from national treasure Quentin Blake.
By Barrington Stoke
All Barrington Stoke fiction has dyslexia friendly features. The tinted paper and dyslexia friendly font offer a smoother read for everyone. To look at the range or for more information: www.barringtonstoke.co.uk.