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10 inspiring books about Dyslexia

By Kobo • October 21, 2021Big Ideas

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Millions of people worldwide have Dyslexia. It's a learning disability characterized by difficulties reading accurately and fluently. People with the condition may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling and writing.

Here are some great eBooks and audiobooks recommended by Dyslexia Canada, so that you can join the Mark it Read celebrations.

Audiobook recommendations for kids

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

An uplifting novel based on the premise: "Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid."

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Hank Zipzer #1 – Niagara Falls, Or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Inspired by Henry Winkler’s own childhood experiences with dyslexia and ADHD, this chapter book series does an excellent job of helping children with learning disabilities realise they’re not alone.

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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

A heartwarming autobiographical tale, this picture book is an inspiration to kids with learning disabilities, and a beautiful tribute to teachers who help change lives.

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Lark and the Diamond Caper by Natasha Deen

Another great series! Lark and Connor Ba’s detective adventures are a fun and lively romp, sure to captivate listeners and readers alike.

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eBook recommendations for kids

Meg and Greg: A Duck in a Sock by Rowena Rae and Elspeth Rae

This series is a part of Orca Two Read, a collection designed with a reading buddy system in mind, with each book focused on different phonograms. Meg and Greg’s hijinks are entertaining for kids from grades 2 to 4, while still providing a great learning experience for those who struggle with reading.

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The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb

A tale of growing confidence over time and practice, this picture book will reassure children that they too can overcome their reading struggles! It’ll also help kids (and adults!) understand and empathize with the struggles that their peers may be going through.

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Tom's Special Talent by Kate Gaynor

Part of the Special Stories Series, this is a tale that emphasizes the importance of promoting and appreciating a diverse range of talents and abilities. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses!

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Resources for parents and educators

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf

Have you ever wondered how we learned to read and write? Maryanne Wolf gets in-depth on the science (and wonder!) behind it all.

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Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss

An accessible and thorough guide, this is an essential read for those wanting to build a full understanding of dyslexia, and offers practical advice on how to navigate teaching children within an educational system not designed with learning differences in mind.

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Dyslexia: A Complete Guide for Parents and Those Who Help Them by Gavin Reid

This is a straightforward guide that seeks to teach parents and educators about definitions, strategies, and current research on dyslexia. If you’re looking for general knowledge, as well as a critical assessment of existing systems and approaches to dyslexia, this is your book!

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