We are a university student group studying publishing, and we are looking to launch a new list of books especially for children that are suffering with reading difficulties (dyslexia, autism etc...) or general reluctance to read. Similar to the Barrington Stoke books if you are familiar with them.
We have six series, Short Stories, Picture Books, General Fiction and General Fiction 11+, and also a series especially for children with autism, and a series of multisensory books.
We are wondering if parents of dyslexic children (or other) can give us some insight into what books you would like to see, or reading patterns and themes that your child enjoys. What story themes does your child enjoy? What problems in particular do they suffer from (in relation to reading)? What designs are most appealing to kids? If they don't normally like reading, what books have they enjoyed and why? Where do you buy your books?
Just a general discussion of your ideas would be amazing, and really appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time!
my daughter is a very good reader but she has vision problems and visual processing problems so for her the actual style of the font/spacing/layout/size of font/colour of paper etc is all extremely important. She wants to read the same books as most other advanced 7 year old girls. magical, not scary, generally involving animals etc. Unfortunately for her a lot of books she really is more than capable of actually reading aren't really accessible because of the way they are published.
I would like something that make the children's classics accessible to my dd. She is 9 and dyslexic. We haven't really been able to find much in the barrington stokes range for her. The subject matter appears a bit too old.
She loves the classics like e nesbit etc being read to her but would find these inaccessible in general format.
She also likes non-fiction, specifically about animals . short paragraphs and pictures.
MincePieonaMumsnet, thanks for moving us to a better suited forum, bare with us, we are newbies! _
Yes, I think our main focus of our lists is getting the formatting on the book spot on: shorter chapters, good font/typeface, better spacing and thicker paper so words don't show through the other side.
Children's classics in a new format is interesting! There will be issues there regarding copyright but is a good idea.
We are aiming a little younger than Barrington Stokes ranges, so that is good to know. We are also putting a lot of focus on short stories and picture books for really early readers, where as Barrington seem to only have 4 picture books in total.
Regarding digital, do your children use anything, or do you have iPads you allow them to use for games etc.? We would not make books in an eBook format as we would lose the typeface and all those important formatting choices, but as an app it could work, maybe as a reading assistant, or games. Would that be of interest to anyone? Or are they still a bit too young?
The books they both loved were the Percy Jackson series. I think the key element is a plot (which can be complex) but which is driven forward in simply constructed sentences. They are OK with vocabulary and imagery, but not long or elaborately constructed sentences.
And they read more from their kindles than they do from actual books. Not sure why.