A good book can bring a huge amount of joy, but for those children and young people who struggle with words, reading is often avoided.
To prevent them from losing heart and giving up altogether, the charity, Dyslexia Action, has teamed up with Barrington Stoke to create a guide to choosing children’s books, for reluctant readers and those with dyslexia.
The book guide includes books by top children’s authors Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Malorie Blackman and includes funny stories to read aloud and share at an early age, through to spine chilling horror titles to captivate teens.
Guide to encourage children to dive into reading
Drawing on their extensive knowledge of teaching young people who find reading hard, Dyslexia Action has chosen from a range of titles that offer an engaging plot or illustrations that enhance the story. The content of the books are also age and interest appropriate and presented in a clear and easily accessible way.
Helen Donovan Literacy Programme Manager at Dyslexia Action, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Barrington Stoke to give suggestions of books that motivate reluctant and dyslexic readers. Books can be intimidating for those that struggle with reading, we hope that this book guide will encourage them to ‘Dive In’ and explore an inspiring world of books”.
Speaking about the guide, Mairi Kidd, Managing Director at Barrington Stoke said: “We were keen to support Dyslexia Action on ‘Dive In’ because we know that many parents don’t know where to start looking for books when they have a child with dyslexia or a struggling or reluctant reader on their hands. The guide will help enormously, and also is a brilliant signpost to encourage parents to ask booksellers and librarians for advice.”
The guide also includes some useful tips about how to build and maintain a child’s enthusiasm for reading. Speaking about this Mrs Donovan said: “Ultimately, you need to find a book that interests your child, get them involved in choosing books – talk about subjects they like and look at fiction and non-fiction titles. If the subject is of interest then it makes the process much more fun.”
“But the titles listed in the guide are just the tip of the iceberg” added Mrs Donovan, “there are a huge number of suitable books available. So we’re going to be adding to the list on our website and encouraging people to send in suggestions of what has worked well for their children, so that even more children can start to build a love of reading.”
Top authors back the guide
“I’m delighted that one of my books has been chosen as part of Dive In, and also that such a cool book guide has been produced, with loads of great recommendations. Having heard from many fans with reading difficulties over the years, I know that every child CAN be reached and gently guided into the wonderful world of words. It often just takes a good recommendation or two to get them started and steer them to the sort of book that will entice them to overcome all obstacles and give reading a try. I hope Dive In will bring lots of new young readers into the ever-expanding universe of books.” Darren Shan
“I was a very reluctant reader until the age of 17. I wish I’d had something like Dive In back then. I’d have got into reading for pleasure a lot sooner. It’s an excellent guide and book list.” Tom Palmer
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Dyslexia Action is a national charity with over 40 years’ experience in providing services and support to children, young people and adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties