Week 3 (1)

8 Great Books for Young Readers with Dyslexia

Finding books that appeal to young readers with dyslexia can be challenging but
fostering a love of reading in these students can be a game-changer in their educational
journey. We’ve curated a list of reads to ignite your student’s imagination and love of

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
The combination of text and illustrations in this accessible and relatable series
makes it visually appealing and less intimidating for dyslexic readers. The humorous
content can reinforce that reading is fun and boost their confidence with books.

2. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
This novel follows a dyslexic protagonist, providing a thrill for young readers with
dyslexia. It promotes understanding and empathy while highlighting the importance of
embracing one’s unique strengths.

3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This novel’s short chapters and shifting perspectives make it accessible for readers with
dyslexia, who may find long entries and single-perspective books daunting. Its themes
of kindness, acceptance and understanding resonate with young audiences.

4. Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
These books blend history, adventure, and fantasy, providing exciting settings and
ever-changing situations for young minds that tend to wander. The books’
manageable lengths and frequent illustrations make it a joy for readers struggling with
longer texts.

5. Who Was? series by various authors
These books provide bite-sized entries on historical figures, making them great for
readers who prefer nonfiction or hope to increase their knowledge of the world. The
conversational writing style can also foster a love for learning.

6. I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
Each book in this series focuses on a historical disaster, presenting suspenseful
stories that educate while also capturing young readers’ attention. The concise writing
style and relatable characters keep the series engaging.

7. Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Featuring short sentences, simple vocabulary, and page-turning mysteries, this series
caters to emerging readers and can foster in them a love of books. The simple format
helps build reading fluency and encourages independent reading.

8. Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
With laugh-out-loud scenarios and characters that feel like people you know, this series
pairs paragraphs with cartoons, engaging readers who struggle with traditional text. The
diary-style format and dynamic illustrations keep young readers coming back for more.

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