Did you know that approximately 20% of Americans have dyslexia? Dyslexia is a learning disability that causes difficulties in language processing, usually with reading, writing, and spelling. Despite these challenges, the library can still be a wonderful and friendly space for dyslexic and other struggling readers.
In the Juvenile First Chapter section we’ve got books written specifically with dyslexic readers in mind. The authors of these books do this by using a font called Dyslexi, which is printed in such a way that makes it easier to read fluently and with comprehension. The series are called Be Brave, Morgan by Ted Stanton, the Spelling Pen and other series by Cigdem Knebel, and the Maximus Todd series by L. M. Nicodemo. Our first chapter books are especially good for all struggling readers because they’re an easy introduction into chapter books, fairly short, and still have some great illustrations throughout the text.
Another great offering of books for dyslexic and reluctant readers alike includes our graphic novel section. Graphic novels are amazing resources because they are of high interest, not too lengthy, and encourage children’s reading habits through picture-text connections that foster increased fluency. Many people discount graphic novels because they’re not “real reading.” Not true! Any book that a child feels confident reading is a fantastic book to read! We even have a graphic novel with the Dyslexi font called Emiline: Knight in Training by Kimberli Johnson.
Finally, beyond books, the library offers audio books on CD and mp3, VOX books that read to children, color overlays, and learning kits that can help with reading, comprehension, fluency, sequencing, and more. Listening to an audio book, and following on with the corresponding physical book, can increase attention spans and reading comprehension. Using color overlays can help some children follow along with what they’re reading a little better, using headphones, even when not connected to anything can help some focus, same with small fidget tools. You can check any of those things out at our Youth Service desk downstairs in our learning kits.
The bottom line is that even if you have Dyslexia (or are a struggling reader) the library is still a wonderful place to visit. We want your library experience to be exactly what you need, so our goal is to have something for every reader. Remember, libraries are for everyone!