My kids love being read to and if I pick out stories that they can relate to and identify with the main characters they especially like that. Together we discuss the struggles that these dyslexic characters go through and then how everything always kind of works out well in the end and why it works out. There is always a teachable moment when reading these books. It could be a self-esteem lesson, a lesson of encouragement or just a story where your child doesn’t feel alone. Over the years I have read many books with dyslexic characters and although I really do like so many of them, I am going to give you my kid’s top favorite picks today on my blog post. So, here they are:
Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia
My kids really identify with the main dyslexic character Adam, as he struggles very much with learning to read. His Kindergarten teacher tries to teach him the letters in the alphabet but the p’s look like q’s and the b’s look like d’s. In first grade Adam isn’t able to put these letters together to form words. This is how the title Alphabet Wars comes to play. Adam isn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until 3rd grade and then finally things start looking better for him. Alphabet Wars is a lovely book that will provide a nice lesson to children that the struggles with dyslexia will get easier over time. The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia
Thank You, Mr. Falker
This story really inspires my kids as it is a true story about the author Patricia Polacco, who is literally one of my daughter’s favorite authors. My daughter and I have read every one of her books and we just love them all. In Thank You, Mr. Falker, the young dyslexic character, Patricia Polacco struggles with reading and writing. She is laughed at by her classmates when she doesn’t learn as quickly as they do and she starts to fall very far behind in her learning. Her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Falker is finally the one who helps her build success. Mr. Falker is a true hero in this story. Thank You, Mr. Falker
The Hank Zipzer Series
Created by Henry Winkler, these are really funny! Henry Winkler created the main dyslexic character Hank around his own childhood and his childhood struggles with dyslexia. My kids love the hilarious Hank and all the trouble he gets into during his childhood. In Hank’s mind it is better to be known as the class clown then the “not so bright” kid. Every book from the series sends you on a new laughing adventure with hilarious Hank. Hank Zipzer
Written by Mike Lupica, this is the perfect book for kids that love sports. The first main character named Scott is the smartest kid in 6th grade but a very clumsy athlete. The other main dyslexic character Chris, is the best athlete and a cool kid but doesn’t get good grades at school. These two 6th graders become best friends and teach each other really important life lessons. My son is a huge football fan so this book was finally the one he wanted to read on his own without my help. He read the whole thing and boy was I happy, so I’m adding this to a must read for those reluctant readers out there in upper elementary and middle school. Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids)
Percy Jackson Series
The author, Rick Riordan, really got it right with this great series. My kids were glued to these books from page 1 in the first book, The Lightning Thief. The author Rick Riordan’s own son has dyslexia and ADHD and refused to read but loved Greek mythology. Riordan developed the entire series so that his son would find a love for reading. What a great dad! The stories are full of adventure and excitement. The superhero Percy Jackson has dyslexia and ADHD and the kids really connect with him. This series is also a great lesson in Greek Mythology and is fun to read and discuss. Percy Jackson
Children with dyslexia really struggle hard. They don’t usually enjoy reading because it is such a chore and feels like a forced homework assignment for them. I can’t blame them. That is why I really encourage parents to find books about kids with their same struggles. Something they can relate to so they don’t feel so alone. There are so many more books out there with dyslexic characters. Do you have a favorite that you like to read with your child? If so, please share in the comments section below.
While you are here, you might also enjoy reading Homeschooling with Dyslexia.
Thank you for reading my post today!
Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com