Learning to Love Reading

Per Dyslexic Librarian

Per Dyslexic Librarian

I've put together a list of books similar to those that got me reading as a child. Although I wasn't diagnosed until I was 25, their were signs from primary school that I was struggling with reading and writing. I had help at primary school but more general and not for dyslexia. Thankfully my parents and teachers encouraged me to read anything and everything from leaflets to encyclopedia to comic books and football magazines allowing me to fall in love with reading. I'm not a fan of snobbery in reading, kids shouldn't be put off because adults see it as being too simple, some research even suggests that comic books have a higher level of vocab and includes more rare words than the average children's book . Count all reading as reading not just non-fiction books but comics, magazines, even posters will all help to get your childs reading develop.

Illegal: A graphic novel telling one boy's epic journey to Europe

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, et al.

10,99 鈧 10,22 鈧

For ages 8-12. Graphic novels really help me when I struggle to read the combination of story and pictures is perfect, and something that got me reading when I first struggled. A thought provoking book about a refugee, teaching children about really life issues and a sense of empathy. This became one of my son's favourites , after reading it last year.

Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World

Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton, et al.

6,99 鈧 6,50 鈧

Age 7-9 Ok, so you'll notice there's lots of football related books on this list, this is how I got into reading, by starting with books about things I loved . Now when I was little this meant Shoot or match magazines but there's now a wealth of football related books for all readers out there. This series of books uses football ll to explain the world around us. My youngest children have read these at school and real enjoyed them , learning some facts along the way.

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Part 1

Neil Gaiman

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

Age 10-12 Another graphic novel included for the same reasons as before. I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. I picked this up myself during the first lockdown when struggling to read and it got me back in the swing of things. I've recommended it for slightly older children than you may see on other sites mainly because it deals with a rather gruesome murder in the first chapter, but it will very much depend on your child both my eldest two kids read this as part of the Year7 curriculum at school. Graphic novels are great way for kids to read books on the school curriculum in a way that suits them

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Part 2

Neil Gaiman

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

Age 10-12 well I couldn't add part 1 without including part 2!

Rashford (Ultimate Football Heroes - the No.1 football series): Collect them all!

Matt Oldfield i Tom Oldfield

5,99 鈧 5,57 鈧

Age range 7-13 another football book but I couldn't not include a book about Marcus Rashford given the support he is currently giving to promoting reading. Again reading about something you love and people you look up to can reallyhelp engage a reluctant reader.

Miles Morales: Spider-man

Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, et al.

10,99 鈧 10,22 鈧

Age range 10-100 (I borrow my kids copies to read ) So this is me geeking out again! comics are ace but well written comics with relatable characters are just awesome. I would say these are more suitable for older children, there are books out there for younger Spiderman fans. I love the sense of family loyalty portrait in these, they just feel a bit more relatable than Peter Parker Spiderman (although I still love the original Spiderman comics) these are a big hit in our house.


Charlotte Browne

5,99 鈧 5,57 鈧

Age 7-14 As the Mum of two football playing girls I had to include a book about English stiker Fran Kirby. I didn't have the opportunity to play football as a child, I'm so glad that's changing now and girls have players like Kirby, Smith and Marta to look up to. Although these books are printed instandard black text in white background the print is a good size and I find the font easier than some to read.

Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

Rachel Ignotofsky

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Age range 7-12 I spent many a summer reading through reader's digest books of facts, famous people and strange stories books that contained images and snippets of information that I can read and digest in a short space of time and then give my brain a rest, it gave me a real sense of achievement. Thankfully there's now a wealth of books out there for kids offering pages on different people, printed on colourful backgrounds and in short snippets. I read this with my youngest daughter (who is sometimes a reluctant reader) she would read the little facts around the side and I would read the maintext in the middle, providing a great opportunity to do something together whilst also getting her to read just small amounts of text at a time.

The Big World of Fun Facts

Lonely Planet Kids

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

Age 8-11 A big colourful book with fun facts from around the world a book you can dip in and out of and share with the family

The Curious Book of Lists: 263 Fun, Fascinating and Fact-Filled Lists

Tracey Turner i Caroline Selmes

12,99 鈧

Age 6-10 another fun book with great graphics and lots of colourfull pages (none of the brain tiring black text on white here) I love reading lists (I'm a bit rubbish at making and following them, except book lists that is!) for the following reasons they're usually short sentences trying to sum up something in one line and well spaced out between the next line making them accessable to read. The page layout in this particular book makes it easy to follow, no dropping down to read part of the next line by accident. Another book I would have loved as a child

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

Ben Brooks i Quinton Winter

20,00 鈧 18,60 鈧

Age 8-12 again I love the format of these books lots of great pictures with one page of text meaning you can pick it up for short spurts and come back to it without having to remember the previous pages. I also love the message this book provides, about people overcoming diversity or accepting who they are (when the world didn't). It also features Daniel Radcliffe who suffers from dyspraxia an overlapping condition with dyslexia

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli i Francesca Cavallo

25,00 鈧 23,25 鈧

Age 8-12 similar to Stories of boys who dare to be different but this time featuring inspirational women. All three of my kids loved this book(Son and daughters). As well as inspirational it also tells the stories of women in history whose achievements were overlooked in their lifetime.

I Go Quiet

David Ouimet

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

8+ This book is often recommended for ages 10+, However although the emotional content of the book may be better understood by older children, I think younger children will appreciate the imagery, although it can be quite gothic at times. This is a beautifully illustrated book, the imagery is stunning and the story is equally as beautiful. It deals with the story of a little girl who struggles to find her voice and the feeling of being alone, in what can sometimes be a frightening world. The images in the book start off quite dark and gloomy but end like the story with real hope. As much as I believe that dyslexia is a gift, I also recognise at school being different can be hard and something we grow into, sometimes when struggling you can feel very alone and unheard. This story of a shy girl demonstrates this perfectly and ends with the girl finding joy in a library basked in light. I'm a strong believe that we need to teach children to embrace all emotions, sometimes they will feel shy and unheard and that's ok, books like this one teach that this feeling is normal and others feel the same and that you will one day find your voice.

Diana: Princess of the Amazons

Shannon Hale i Dean Hale

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

A graphic Novel for older primary school kids (age 7-11/ks2) this tale tells the story of Wonder Women before she becomes Wonder Women. The only child on an island of strong, talented Amazonian women, Diana feels out of place. She hasn't learnt how to use her talents and feels out of place, and decides to take matters into her own hands! My youngest is a reluctant reader and this was the first book she couldn't put down! She loved the story and pictures and is desperate to read more. I think the story of feeling out of place, is very relatable for young dyslexics, whilst navigating school life and your not yet at the point where you want to fit in, you don't see your gifts as something special, just that your not the same as those around you. A fun, fast paced book that younger readers would enjoy being read to.

The Girl who Speaks Bear

Sophie Anderson i Kathrin Honesta

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

My youngest age 8 read this to herself, but was very vague about it after, so I'm reading it to her and you can see things clicking into place. If you have a reluctant reader, reading together is a great way to ensure they're understanding the book. It's a wonderful fairytale type story, about a young girl discovered in a bear cave as a baby. When she has to flee her home, she begins a journey of discovery about herself. A truly magical take I'm loving this as an adult and my daughter is enjoying it so much. The text is a good size and font and there's plenty of images to break up the page. Some of the first names are a bit tricky for those who struggle with reading, with hindsight I would have helped my daughter with these first before she read it on her own to help her with the flow of the book.

Sisters: Venus & Serena Williams

Jeanette Winter

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Aimed at 3-8yr olds this book is full of wonderful colourful images and a small amount of text making this a good book to try for early readers. The language is kept simple but tells the Williams sisters story and what they've achieved. There's also sections of the text dealing with how the sisters were treated by some envious of their success and how that inspired them to achieve more. A great read for budding tennis players for some true inspiration.

The Great Book of Olympic Games

Veruska Motta

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Age 6-9 A book about the history of the Olympics. Full of fantastic images and facts on the history of the games. When I was younger o found books with short paragraphs much easier to read, I would end up reading more, than when faced with a chapter book as the page was broken down with images (but didn't feel like a toddlers book). With the Olympics coming up this will be a great read for young sports fans.

You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be

Marcus Rashford

9,99 鈧 9,29 鈧

One for older kids age 10-14 In this book Marcus Rashford provides inspiration to help kids achieve your dreams, whilst building confidence and learning to be comfortable in your own skin. A great read for any child but definetly for dyslexic kids. I strongly believe dyslexia is a gift but also know it can take time to appreciate that. This book is full of important positive life lessons on empathy, learning from your mistakes and positive thinking.

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian

Tim Probert

9,99 鈧 9,29 鈧

Age 8-12 this is a great graphic novel for ks2/Middle school children. Following the adventures of two unlikely friends Bea and Cad. Cad is a Galdurian, a race thought to be extinct. They set off to find Bea's adoptive grandfather the Pig Wizard, who cad believes can help him find his people, but upon returning to Bea's home he is has vanished to. The two must set off to find Bea's grandfather and save the world. My 8 loved this book, a proper sci-fi adventure which is beautifully illustrated. There isn't large amounts of text and the font is very clear make this a good choice for those with dyslexia.

The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy

6,99 鈧 6,50 鈧

Locked Out Lily

Nick Lake i Emily Gravett

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest: Book 2

Julian Gough i Jim Field

5,99 鈧 5,57 鈧

The Boy Who Steals Houses

C.G. Drews

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧


Alexis Deacon i Viviane Schwarz

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Amari and the Night Brothers

BB Alston

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

The Lion Above the Door

Onjali Q. Rauf

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

The Goonies: The Illustrated Storybook

Brooke Vitale i Teo Skaffa

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

Illustrated Tales of King Arthur

Sarah Courtauld i Natasha Kuricheva

14,00 鈧 13,02 鈧

Moon: night-time around the world

Patricia Hegarty i Britta Teckentrup

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

The Unwinding: and other dreamings

Jackie Morris

14,99 鈧 13,94 鈧

The Fire Fox

Alexandra Page i Stef Murphy

12,99 鈧

I Am a Story

Dan Yaccarino

12,99 鈧 12,08 鈧

A Kind of Spark

Elle McNicoll

6,99 鈧 6,50 鈧

Show Us Who You Are

Elle McNicoll

6,99 鈧 6,50 鈧