Many times, children with dyslexia are misunderstood. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, but when grades are low and reading skills are poor, the lines become blurred. This can often make kids feel insecure about their abilities. Dyslexia is quite common, so you and your child are not alone, although it may feel like it at times.
Here is a list of recommended books for children and teens from the Illinois Branch of The International Dyslexia Association:
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot
Bauer, James. (1992). The Runaway Learning Machine: Growing Up Dyslexic. Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.
Barrie, Barbara. (1994). Adam Zigzag . New York, NY: Delacorte Press. (young teens)
Betancourt, Jeanne. (1993). My Name is Brain/Brian . New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.
Blue, Rose. (1979). Me and Einstein . New York, NY: Human Sciences Press. (young teens)
Dwyer, Kathleen M. (1991). What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability? New York, NY: Walker & Co. (elementary)
Fisher, Gary & Cummings, Rhonda (1991). The School Survival Guide for Kids with LD. Minneapolis, MN:Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. (young teens)
Gehret, Jeanne. (1990). The Don’t Give Up Kid and Learning Disabilities . Minneapolis, MN: Raising Readers. (elementary to young teens)
Griffith, Joe. (1998). How Dyslexic Benny Became A Star. Dallas, TX: Yorktown Press. (young teens)
Hayes, Marnell L. (1994). The Turned In, Turned On Book . Novato, CA: High Noon Books. (teens)
Janover, Caroline. (1995). The Worst Speller In Jr. High , Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. (teens)
Levine, M.D., Mel. (2001) Jarvis Clutch – Social Spy . Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Service. (elementary to teens)
Polacco, P. (1998). Thank You Mr. Falker . New York, NY: Putnam Publishing Group. (elementary)
Richards, Regina G. (2000) Eli: The Boy Who Hated to Write – Understanding Dysgraphia . Riverside, CA:RET Center Press.
Stern, M.A., Judith and Ben-Ami, Ph.D., Uzi. (1996). Many Ways to Learn: Young People’s Guide to
Learning Disabilities . New York, NY: Magination. (elementary to early teens) [audiotape also available.]
If you would like to have general information on any of the books listed here, you can search The National Library Service at www.loc.gov/nls. Click on “Search the Catalog:” and type in the book title orthe author’s name to do a search for a short description of the book. Many of these authors have published multiple books on Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities.