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23 Books parents of dyslexic children recommend

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Looking for the right books for someone with dyslexia or reading difficulties can be a bit overwhelming, given there are almost 130 million books to choose from. Luckily, we asked some parents about which books their dyslexic children enjoyed reading. So, here are some of the books they recommended, listed according to different ages. Yes, that also includes some books to help you wrap your head around dyslexia. Take a look.

A dyslexic girl sits on the couch reading a book written specifically for struggling readers

Content List

  1. Books for Children Aged 5 - 8

  2. Books for Children Aged 8 - 12

  3. Books for Teens

  4. Books for All Ages

  5. Books to Help You Understand Dyslexia

  6. Audio Books for Parents Who Are Reluctant to Read

  7. COVID-19 Lockdown Bonus



1. Books for Children Aged 5 - 8


It's Called Dyslexia

It's Called Dyslexia, a children's book about a girl with dyslexia who is learning how to read.

Written by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, illustrated by Marta Fabrega


Whoever said that learning to read and write is easy? Sarah is unhappy and she no longer enjoys school. When learning to read and write, she tries to remember which way the letters go but she often gets them all mixed up.


After she discovers that dyslexia is the reason for her trouble, she begins to understand that with extra practice and help from others, she will begin to read and write correctly. At the

same time, she also discovers a hidden talent

she never knew existed!


Get it on Amazon or the Dyslexia Shop



Molly Rogers to the Rescue

Molly Rogers to the Rescue, a children's book about a young girl and her mother's adventure with pirates

Written by by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek


Thieves, greedy pirates and mischief-makers are no match for Molly Rogers! When Molly and her mother, Barbarous Bertha, discover that Captain Firebeard is destroying Monkey Skull Island in search of buried treasure, they set sail on the Red Swallow to save the island and its animals from his clutches. But Firebeard will stop at nothing to get his treasure - how will Molly outwit him this time? A fantastic swashbuckling adventure for little readers, bursting with brilliant characters, gorgeous illustrations and lots of girl power!


Get it on Amazon or Barrington Stoke!



Grandpa was an Astronaut

Grandpa was an Astronaut, a children's book about a young boy and his relationship with his grandpa, a former astronaut.

Written by Jonathan Meres, illustrated by Hannah Coulson


Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more - who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut and has a chunk of moon rock on his mantlepiece. Playing space games with Grandpa is one of Sherman's most favourite things ever so he's thrilled to hear that's exactly what a visit to Grandpa will involve. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.


Get it on Amazon or Barrington Stoke!



Special Delivery

Special Delivery, a book for dyslexic children that explores an unlikely friendship between a boy and his elderly neighbour

Written by by Jonathan Meres, illustrated by Hannah Coulson


All Frank wants is a new bike, but bikes cost money ... So he better start saving! When he settles on helping his sister, Lottie, with her paper round, the last thing Frank expects is to meet an old lady wearing a cowboy hat and boots - she's not like anyone he's ever met before. But Frank's new friend seems a bit muddled, and when she needs help, he's the only one there to lend a hand. A gentle exploration of Dementia and a touching tale of forging friendships across generations.


Get it on Amazon or Barrington Stoke!



The Bakery Of Happiness

The Bakery Of Happiness, a children's book about a baker and his assistant, written for struggling readers

Written & illustrated by Ian Beck


Paul du Pain's bakery is a very special place. Each day, Paul bakes the bread while Marie serves customers in the shop. Everyone who walks in the door walks back out feeling happier than before. But when Marie goes away, Paul's days become sad and grey. Without her, the bakery's magic is gone. Will Paul ever be able to win her back? A charming, heartfelt and timeless tale from an award-winning author-illustrator.


Get it on Amazon or Barrington Stoke!



2. Books for Children Aged 8 - 12


Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree, a book about a young dyslexic girl and her experience dealing with her reading difficulties at school

Written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.


The author gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who's ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn't fit in.


Get it on Amazon or Waterstones!


Norman the Norman from Normandy

Norman the Norman from Normandy, a children's book written for struggling readers

Written by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones


Little Norman the Norman from Normandy loves fighting. All Normans do. When he inherits the broad sword that belonged to his father, Great Big Norman, after he is killed in battle, Little Norman is Little no more and so he sets off to avenge his father's death. Riotous comedy with extra sword-swinging. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.


Get it on Amazon or Barrington Stoke!