Many of us have fond memories of books throughout our childhoods; torn and tattered picture books that were read again and again, curling up under the duvet for bedtime stories and disappearing into fantasy worlds that impacted upon our lives forever (we’ve all mastered the subtly-checking-for-Narnia technique whenever we’re near a wardrobe, right?) But for many children starting out, the challenge of learning to read can become problematic and result in a downwards spiral of frustration and an aversion to picking up a book. But whether your child is dyslexic or a reluctant reader, there are ways to address these difficulties and help them progress.
Barrington Stoke is an award-winning publisher that specialises in dyslexia-friendly fiction. Their range of books is intended to help children to discover a love for reading with features that help address some of the key difficulties that reluctant and dyslexic readers experience. Each of their books are printed in their own Barrington Stoke Roman font to prevent readers from flipping and muddling letters, and tinted paper in varying shades of cream to off-white is used to help ‘settle’ the words on the page. Particularly complex and/or abstract words are edited to avoid slowing down the pace and there are lots of chapter breaks to reward young readers and tackle short attention spans. And all of this has been applied to some of the best authors and illustrators on the market to ensure your little ones don’t miss out, including Julia Donaldson, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman and Michael Morpurgo.
We’ve worked closely with Barrington Stoke to put together a list of dyslexia-friendly books for children aged 3-14 that could be helpful for reluctant readers and/or parents who might struggle to read to/with their children. You can browse the titles by age group below.