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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

Two-Minute Drill

 

 

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

I Have a Resource for You!

Thank you for reading my post today!  You might also enjoy reading my previous posts:

How to Find Your Child’s Reading Level

Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia

My Favorite Multisyllabic Word Activities

 

Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program.  The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

 

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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 info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com

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