Ms. Wendy told me about a very interesting series of features on the radio recently about dyslexia: what it is, how people misunderstand it, and what it’s like to live with it. Another person who’s been writing about the experience of being a kid with dyslexia is actor Henry Winkler (grown-ups might recognize him as Fonzie or The Fonz). He has dyslexia (not diagnosed until adulthood), and so does his son. He and Lin Oliver worked together to create the series Hank Zipzer, starting with
Niagara Falls, or Does It?
Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show. This title is also available as a book on CD (which can be a great option to help children with dyslexia enjoy books) and a downloadable ebook.
The books are very appealing to kids not just because of the humor but also because Hank has wonderful, supportive friends.
More recently, the team of authors started writing Here’s Hank, a series of early chapter books for younger children. In these stories, Hank is in second grade. These books are printed in a special font called dyslexie that was designed to be easier read if you have dyslexia.
Another resource available to people with dyslexia or another reading disability is the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. Check out their website for an application to apply for free services like borrowing audiobooks. They also have a list of links to related organizations, including ones that offer audio textbooks for school.