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Joe and the Dragonosaurus, The Story of the Dancing Frog and Seven Ghosts on Lizzie Hall's recommended reading list for children with dyslexia




Lizzie Hall, the Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian, writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. Dyslexia presents challenges to children, but with early intervention and support dyslexic children can become terrific readers.

Research into dyslexia means there is now a wide range of accessible, short but age-appropriate books that will engage dyslexic readers boosting their confidence levels.

Here are some dyslexia-friendly books to read this week...

Younger Children

The Snake Who Came To Stay by Julia Donaldson

The Snake Who Came To Stay by Julia Donaldson (42617238)
The Snake Who Came To Stay by Julia Donaldson (42617238)

Polly has set up a pets holiday home for the summer and with a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slithering snakes, Mum is getting more fed up by the day! Especially when Doris the snake goes missing… Can Polly find Doris before the snake finds the guinea pigs?

High-quality cream paper and a special easy-to-read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Joe and the Dragonosaurus by Berlie Doherty

When Joe's teacher announces the new class project will be all about their pets, Joe turns glum - there are no animals allowed in his house. So when he starts to invent a pet, his imagination turns wild and the dragonosaurus is born!

Joe and the Dragonosaurus by Berlie Doherty (42617236)
Joe and the Dragonosaurus by Berlie Doherty (42617236)

There's lots of fun to be had with his new 'pet', but when Joe notices something amiss on the neighbouring farm the dragonosaurus is quickly abandoned. Perhaps an animal to call his own is closer than Joe thinks.

The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake

The heartbroken widow of a captain drowned at sea discovers a friendly amphibian at her lowest point. But he is no ordinary frog - he's a dancing frog set on saving her! Soon the duo are touring the world with their routine, spreading light and laughter - and carrying out the occasional rescue - wherever they go.

The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake (42617227)
The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake (42617227)

Older Children

Home Ground by Alan Gibbons

Sam's team are edging closer to the bottom of the league this season and team captain Jordan's bad attitude isn't helping anyone.

When Sam spots Hasan playing on the refugee team, he can see that Hasan's got talent and invites him along to practice.

Hasan and his friend Faisal prove to be exactly what the team needs, but Jordan's not going to accept his new team-mates so easily. Can Sam get the boys to pull together and win?

Home Ground by Alan Gibbons (42617216)
Home Ground by Alan Gibbons (42617216)

After The War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer

Summer 1945. The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among 300 children who arrive in the Lake District. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, they've finally reached a place of safety and peace where they can hopefully begin to recover.

But Yossi is haunted by thoughts of his missing father and disturbed by terrible nightmares. As he waits desperately for news from home, he fears that Mordecai and Leo - the closest thing to family he has left - will move on without him.

Will life by the beautiful Lake Windermere be enough to bring hope back into all their lives?

After The War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer (42617230)
After The War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer (42617230)

A Bad Day For Jayden by Tony Bradman

Mum won't get out of bed. His best friend has dumped him. And schoolwork is just too difficult. Jayden wants to do the right thing, but how can he when it feels like the world is conspiring against him?

Everything is going wrong and when a supply teacher turns up to take his class, Jayden's sure things will keep on getting worse.

But Mrs Wilson is not quite the teacher Jayden expected - can she help turn his bad day around?

A Bad Day For Jayden by Tony Bradman (42617224)
A Bad Day For Jayden by Tony Bradman (42617224)

Teens

The Harder They Fall by Bali Rai

Cal's family are proud to live in an analogue world - no wifi in their house, just an ancient black and white TV.

At school, Cal has no choice but to live in the 21st century, coping with a range of bullies and chancers on a daily basis.

When Cal's mum decides to rebalance the family with a stint as volunteers at a local food bank, Cal inadvertently discovers new kid Jacob's secret, and Jacob flips.

The Harder They Fall by Bali Rai (42617214)
The Harder They Fall by Bali Rai (42617214)

Seven Ghosts by Chris Priestley

Jake and the other finalists in a writing competition have been invited to a stately house for a tour like no other. As their guide leads them through grand rooms, hidden nooks and magnificent grounds, they hear the stories of seven ghosts who haunt the halls.

But strange shapes and shadows follow Jake as he journeys through the house and with each tale that Jake hears, he begins to feel more uneasy. All is not as it seems and soon Jake will discover that something is very, very wrong...

Old ghosts are stirred up for Hallowe'en in this spine-tingling, multi-narrative horror.

Seven Ghosts by Chris Priestly (42617218)
Seven Ghosts by Chris Priestly (42617218)

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, a retelling by Tanya Landman

Orphaned as a child, tormented by her guardian and cast out to a harsh boarding school, Jane Eyre has been raised in the shadow of cruelty and isolation.

But when she takes a job as governess in Thornfield Hall, where secrets lurk in the attic and strange laughter echoes through the night, Jane meets the elusive Mr Rochester and her life is irrevocably transformed.

Poignantly and powerfully retold in this stunning edition, Jane Eyre is the tale of a spirited heroine's search for love, independence and belonging.

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre a retelling by Tanya Landman (42617212)
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre a retelling by Tanya Landman (42617212)

Parents

At Home With Dyslexia: A Parent's Guide to Supporting Your Child by Sascha Roos

This book will empower parents by giving them the tools and strategies to deal with dyslexia, making them confident and knowledgeable in the process.

It offers:

- A guidebook that is visually appealing, including bullet points, illustrations and short chapters, making it an easy-to-follow reference book for the busy (and often dyslexic) parent;

- Practical and emotional support at home from primary to secondary school years, as well as how to deal with school and the education system;

- Chapters that can be dipped into for useful day-to-day advice and tools to help at home, and for overall encouragement and reassurance;

- Parents and children sharing their personal experiences and advice in their personal accounts. The challenges of dyslexia, possible solutions and successes are openly discussed and woven throughout the chapters, giving the guide an authentic voice.

At Home With Dyslexia: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your Child by Sascha Roos (42617207)
At Home With Dyslexia: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your Child by Sascha Roos (42617207)


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