6 Best Books About Dyslexia Update 05/2022

Books About Dyslexia

Nothing is more powerful than being aware. It’s easier to be the best and most fulfilled version of yourself if you know who you are and what you’re good at.

Dyslexia is a disability, but it also comes with a lot of unique abilities, and we’re grateful for the research and literature that helps people learn about them.

People at work were asked about their favorite dyslexia books in honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month, so we did the same thing! As a company that makes assistive technology tools for people who have trouble reading and writing, our team is made up of people who have worked in education, parents who have dyslexic kids, and even people who are dyslexic themselves. We all use our own products!

Following is a list of some of the best educational nonfiction books, great YA fiction, illustrated children’s books, and narrative nonfiction.

We really hope you enjoy the list, find it useful, and use it to help you or someone you care about better understand themselves!

Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. and Jonathan Shaywitz, M.D.

Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. and Jonathan Shaywitz, M.D.

Don Johnston, the founder of Don Johnston Incorporated, came up with this idea.

In my opinion, this book has had the most impact on me. As a child, I thought that my dyslexia was a big dark secret that only I knew about. The way people would describe me as a learner would be that I was lazy, unmotivated, and a bother. The more you hear this, the more you believe it. In the beginning, I didn’t talk about my dyslexia with anyone at all.

But then I read Overcoming Dyslexia, and I found it very interesting. It spoke to me. Dyslexics use a different part of their brain to read, and that’s what it talked about. People don’t think of it as a place for rote memory or memorization. It’s a more strategic area. Schools are made for people who don’t have dyslexia, not for people who have dyslexia.

It made me feel a lot better about having dyslexia after I learned how to deal with it. A lot of times, my dyslexia was a good thing because it allowed me to run my own business and work in a job that I really liked.

If you’re dyslexic, this book will help you understand your strengths and differences, as well as your weaknesses, because there are always going to be problems. There will always be a problem with your reading. So, look for ways you can deal with that.

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock L. Eide, M.A. and Fernette F. Eide

Don Johnston, the founder of Don Johnston Incorporated, came up with this idea.

You should read “The Dyslexic Advantage.” It’s a really interesting book that brings the research up to date. It looks at the good things about having a dyslexic brain.

It says that the book is good at mechanical reasoning, connecting ideas, and narrative and dynamic reasoning.

Building Wings by Don Johnston

Michele Christensen, an Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated, came up with this idea.

This is the true story of how Don Johnston, the founder of Don Johnston Inc., had a hard time in school because he had dyslexia. He eventually learned to love learning. To make sure that Don’s story reached as many people as possible, he wrote it in a way that’s easy to read and understand for people of all ages and reading abilities.

In her own words: “I have dyslexia and dysgraphia, like Don. I also have a story like that.” One reason I became a music teacher was so I could be a good friend to all kids, especially those who were behaving badly or had poor grades. Those kids could be rock stars in my music class. This is how it works: I’ve been a teacher for 34 years now.

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Palacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Palacco

Stephanie Gilley, an Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated, came up with this idea.

This is the true story of how the author had problems with reading when she was a child. She was very good at coming up with new ideas, but soon found that she couldn’t see words and numbers the way other students could see them. This made reading almost impossible for her. During a move, she found herself in a class with Mr. Falker as her teacher. First, a teacher took the time to help her see things in a new way and give her the courage to keep trying. When students made fun of her, he stood up for her and gave her chances to be successful so that she could build her self-worth. For him, she wrote this book.

Thank you, Mr. Falker, is great for any child who doesn’t feel like they have enough confidence and needs some extra help, but it will be especially helpful to students who have trouble reading. Helps parents and teachers remember how much a little extra support and encouragement can change a child’s path in life as well, which will help them remember that.

As a teacher, Mr. Falker makes me think about what really matters and how important it is for us to help our kids be their best selves, so that they have the confidence and self-worth they need to be happy.

The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb

Crystal Maleski, a Social Media/Content Specialist, came up with this idea.

“Confidence.

During their time learning to read, I hoped that they felt confident and happy with their bodies, and I hoped that they would be able to read well on their own. People who read books like The Alphabet War learned that other students had trouble reading, but that didn’t mean they were dumb or couldn’t do well. When I read Diane Burton Robb’s book, Adam, the main character, my kids had great teachers who helped them get the help they needed, but also helped them believe that they could learn, too.

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Suggested by Mary Pembleton, Marketing Writer

Fish in a Tree is a young adult story about Ally, a middle schooler who can’t read. She often acts out in class to hide this fact. Mr. Daniels, a new teacher, helps Ally figure out what’s wrong and how to deal with it. Ally is then able to change the story that she’s a “bad kid.” This is a book that a lot of people who have trouble reading can relate to.

They and I read Fish in a Tree this summer, and one of them is going to be tested for dyslexia soon. A person with dyslexia from Portland, who I interviewed for an article, told us to listen to the audiobook. If you’re good at reading, your son will love this book because it talks about how to deal with differences.

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