We all know the world looks a better place through a pair of rose-tinted glasses. But did you know that coloured glasses, filters or page backgrounds can help people who struggle with reading? Not just rose-coloured ones either – a whole rainbow of colours can help prevent or reduce the visual distortions some readers see when looking at a page of text.

This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week and here at Barrington Stoke we’re marking this important event with the launch of our new reading app Tints, which incorporates our understanding of the benefits of colour tints in reading.

Reading problems affect something like one in five children at one stage or another, and reading reluctance affects many more. When reading is a struggle, it’s easy for children and their parents to feel disheartened, but the good news is that there are lots of modifications that can help. At Barrington Stoke, all of our books use a whole range of design and editorial tweaks to break down the barriers to reading, including:

  • a special font in which each letter has loads of unique character, to aid visual processing
  • increased letter spacing to help combat tendencies to flip or muddle letters
  • and special editing to help children bring their knowledge of language to the task of reading.

With Tints, we have preserved and built on this foundation. Readers can change the page background colour to replicate the effect of the five most common ‘filter’ colours. There is a sliding reading ruler to help focus on specific areas of text. The app is locked to portrait format – like books – to prevent children attempting to read lines that are too long, and won’t run on anything smaller than an iPad mini, to ensure kids aren’t peering at tiny screens. There are lots of fun titles to read and more coming soon, from authors like Malorie Blackman (the former Children’s Laureate), Tony Bradman and Tom Palmer.

For parents and carers the App also has free rich content with advice on dyslexia from Bernadette McLean of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and information on Tints and how it works.

Find Tints at https://appsto.re/gb/L9rk6.i and more info at www.barringtonstoke.co.uk/tints. Tints is free of charge and individual books are priced at £5.99 and £6.99.

An Android version is coming soon.