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Reading for Pleasure

Reading at Home

ReadingReading should be pleasurable not a struggle or a battle. Parents should encourage their children to read but at the same time this should be a shared experience that is fun for both parties.

Take turns to read only expecting the child to read a small amount at a time. If the child is unable to read a word read it for them do not spoil the story by expecting them to decode it there and then.

Make a note of the words they cannot read and look at them again together at another time.

When reading independently for pleasure the story should be easy enough for the student to read with very few errors. This will boost confidence and encourage the student to read.

Books should be exciting and of the correct interest level for the age of the reader. Nothing is more discouraging than reading a book with an interest level of five or six years if the student is eight or nine.

If, however, a student wants to reread a book they have read many times before, do not discourage this, we all have favourite things and doing this can help to build confidence.

Reading a selection books by the same author can also be very helpful. Dyslexic people tune into the syntax of an author and this makes reading easier.


Guide to Books for Young Dyslexic Readers.

Waterstone's has produced a "Guide to Books for Young Dyslexic Readers" in association with Dyslexia Action. This guide can be found at any branch of Waterstones. There is a branch in Maidstone Tel: 01622 681112.

A Pdf of the guide can be downloades from the internet.

Barrington Stoke Books

The Barrington Stoke Books are excellent books for the reluctant dyslexic reader.They have an interest range of between 9-18 years with lots of exciting titles that grab the readers interest.

The books are printed on cream paper to make reading easier for the dyslexic student.

The paragraphs are not too long and dialogue is clearly marked.

Uneven lines help the reader keep their place and the text size and line spacing is calculated to make reading more comfortable.

See the 2010 Catalogue

Wolf Hill Talking Books

These are narrated Computer books age range 6-11. These books are very popular with dyslexic students. The student can read the story independently or listen to the narrator.

Wolf Hill

Oxford University Press

Audio Books

Students that find independent reading difficult should still have the pleasure of reading the same books as their peers, there is a good selection of audio books on the market.

Audio books can be borrowed from the library and there are several charities that produce audio books for people who have difficulty reading. Please go to the Listening Library and Calibre.

Listening Library

Stephen Fry the patron of the Listening Library says, "The companionship and delight of a voice telling stories is incomparable. Listening Books distributes pure, undiluted pleasure and friendship."


Calibre's audio books bring the pleasure of reading to people who have dyslexia. They offer a wide choice of books on standard cassettes and MP3 disks, fiction and non-fiction, for both children and adults. There is a one-off joining fee of £35 (£20 for Young Calibre).

Xtraordinary People

Xtraordinary people have produced some 'taking-books' that are downloadable from their website. The stories feature famous dyslexics past and present who interact with main character a dyslexic boy called Ted.  Sir Richard Branson has recorded one of the stories - and gives a moving account of his school days.

Dancing Kites

Books that engage and inspire the most reluctant of children with the world of words and imagination.

For guidance, Dancing Kites Steps 1 to 3 are aligned closely with Stages 1 to 3 of the well-established Alpha to Omega scheme.

The Football Academy Books

The Football Academy books are about a Premier League under-twelve side - about what it’s like to play the game at the top.

"Reading the Game" by Tom Palmer is a story about a young dyslexic boy who loves football. This is a fast moving story aimed at engaging the reluctant reader.

Tom Palmer

In a change of sport, Tom Palmer has a children's rugby novel coming out in
October. Scrum! is published by Barrington Stoke to tie in with the autumn's
rugby union world cup (but the story is about league too!).
Tom has a new FREE Rugby and Literacy Pack which includes Reading
Comprehensions and Literacy Exercises FREE download :
Tom Palmer

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