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Dyslexia friendly books for DD(8), reluctant reader

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Cookingwine Fri 01-Apr-16 21:14:21

She liked Diary of a wimpy kid, anything similar to recommend? Pictures do help.

DelphiniumBlue Fri 01-Apr-16 21:16:14

Try Barrington Stokes, they specialise in high interest books.

Cookingwine Fri 01-Apr-16 21:20:34

Thank you Delphinium, I was not aware of them.

RoseDog Fri 01-Apr-16 21:24:13

Tom Gates books are good and similar to Diary of a wimpy kid.

Cookingwine Fri 01-Apr-16 21:54:30

Thanks Rose, they look amazing!

christinarossetti Fri 01-Apr-16 21:59:21

These graphic novels got my friend's dyslexic dd reading avidly -

Cookingwine Fri 01-Apr-16 22:22:07

They look Brilliant, but maybe when she is older

CrazyCatLaydee123 Fri 01-Apr-16 22:25:55

These books are aimed at young teens but they would be suitable for age 8, especially the ufo one. Nice big font, written in an easy to comprehend way, but not baby books!

teeththief Fri 01-Apr-16 23:37:16

There's a series of dyslexia friendly books. The words are spaced out, the font is simplistic and the pages are tinted yellow. I can't remember who writes them but one of them is called The Story of Matthew Buzzington or something like that

appleoftheluck Fri 01-Apr-16 23:49:41

teeththief I think Andy Stanton wrote that, my dyslexic son loved his Mr gum books and got on well with the Percy Jackson series because they jumped straight into the action in every chapter without being too wordy. I was told that the author wrote them with dyslexic readers in mind.

WhattodoSue Fri 01-Apr-16 23:52:45

Audiobooks. They were fantastic for me. They helped me access fantastic stories which I was more than capable of understanding on an intellectual level but which were too hard to read. I listened to them at bedtime. Those, and my mum reading to me helped me foster a passion for reading, even though I didn't really start reading a lot until 10 or perhaps 11. Some of the books I did like (don't think I would have been able to read them at 8) were the worst witch books. I created my own audio tape of the first one.

irvine101 Sat 02-Apr-16 00:37:00

BIG NATE and Mr. GUM seems similar in style.

clopper Sat 02-Apr-16 01:02:01

The beast quest series of books are quite exciting reads for that age group and do not have too much text on each page.

Catastrophica Sat 02-Apr-16 02:30:10

I was going to recommend those three graphic novels too. But I think some of the subject matter is a bit old - my 8 year old started telling me about them, and while it was fine, it was just early to be introducing certain social concepts (early for me, if not for her).

There are other graphic novels out there which are really engaging. Have you seen The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds? Its really beautiful. My son who was having a bit of trouble with reading has read it over and over - and it really was the starting point for him in terms of being more willing to pick up books and read them.

Cookingwine Sat 02-Apr-16 07:05:44


Seryph Sat 02-Apr-16 10:36:52

Anything that she finds engaging, or likes the name of, of even like the picture on the front.
Make a special trip with her to the book shop, and let her explore the kids section. At this point I wouldn't worry too much about how complex the books she chooses are (even if she just wants a nice picture book), it'd all about letting her feel comfortable with books. By making the book shop trip special (tea and cake after?) you help make he books she chooses are special.

In the land of suggestions I personally loved the Worst Witch series at that age, though my dyslexia has never put me off reading!

Cookingwine Sat 02-Apr-16 10:48:22


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