Children’s Books Featuring Dyslexic Characters for Kids of All Ages
Children with dyslexia love being read to or enjoy reading books where they can relate or identify with the main character. The heroes in these books share their challenges and also the triumphs that come with having dyslexia. Being represented in books is really important when it comes to feeling included in society and raising awareness about dyslexia, especially among non-dyslexic people. Here is a list of children’s books featuring dyslexic characters.
Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia
Kindergarten – Third Grade Interest Level
Children can 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.
Adam starts out as a confident, outgoing child but slowly loses his confidence as he begins school and falls further and further behind his peers at school.
Alphabet Wars is a lovely book that will provide a nice lesson to children that the struggles with dyslexia will get easier over time. This book is also a nice resource for parents and educators. The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia
Thank You, Mr. Falker
Third – Fifth Grade Interest Level
This story really inspires children as it is a true story about the author Patricia Polacco, who is literally a favorite author in many families. In Thank You, Mr. Falker, the young dyslexic character, Trisha 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. She endures cruel bullying by her classmates.
Her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Falker is finally the special teacher who helps her build success. Mr. Falker helps Trisha learn to read by having her stay behind every day with him as he works with her. It took a very special teacher like Mr. Falker to encourage and help Trisha overcome her dyslexia struggles. Mr. Falker is a true hero in this story.
Trisha finally blossoms and develops many talents including reading. Young readers struggling with learning differences will really identify with Trisha’s situation and find satisfaction in her success with learning to read. Thank You, Mr. Falker
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The Hank Zipzer Series
Third – Sixth Grade Interest Level
Created by Henry Winkler, these books are really funny! Out of all the books featuring dyslexic characters, this series is probably the most popular, mainly because the author, Henry Winkler, is very outspoken about his own struggles in life. Henry Winkler created the main dyslexic character Hank around his own childhood and his childhood struggles with dyslexia. Winkler says “I used humor to cover all those mistakes for all those years. I didn’t know that I had something wrong, so I just tripped over words and everybody just kind of tolerated it.”
Children 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
Fourth – Eighth Grade Interest Level
Written by Mike Lupica, this is the perfect book for children that love football or just sports. Besides being an author, Mike Lupica is also a sports columnist so he shares a lot of insider information with the reader on sports and athletes in sports and how they internally think. The book has a really good plot about a friendship between two boys.
Scott, the new kid who just moved to Bloomfield South is bullied and has no friends. He is the smartest kid in 6th grade but a very clumsy athlete. He finally makes friends with Chris Conlan who is an amazing athlete. Chris is dyslexic and is afraid of being put in a special education class.
These two 6th graders become best friends and teach each other really important life lessons. This book is really a must read for those reluctant readers in upper elementary and middle school looking for dyslexic characters in a sports themed series. Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids)
Percy Jackson Series
Fifth-Eighth Grade Interest Level
The author, Rick Riordan, really got it right with this great series. Children that begin this series become glued from page one 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 and main character, Percy Jackson has dyslexia and ADHD and children can really connect with him. This series is also a great lesson in Greek Mythology and is fun to read and discuss. Percy Jackson
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