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Wibbly Wobbly Words

Posted about 11 months ago by Naomi D'Archangel
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Dyslexia affects between 5-17% of the population worldwide. This is a higher percentage than people with red hair! (less than 2%) So what is it really? Dyslexia is a written language based learning disability. It can happen to anyone, regardless of language spoken or IQ. It’s not really seeing letters backwards for the most part, it’s having a hard time sounding out the words, phonetics. 

Lisa at Broad Rock is very passionate about the dyslexia cause, she has people close to her struggling with it. Due to this, she let us know about some dyslexic -friendly books. The two series she first mentioned are called, “Be Brave, Morgan!” and the other is “The Secret Games of Maximus Todd“. They are printed in the dyslexia font and the spacing is better for dyslexic readers she tells us. 

There’s even a font that seems to help those with dyslexia. On that note, Barrington Stoke is an award-winning publisher that specializes in readable books for young people with dyslexia or reading reluctance. 

Dyslexia isn’t a disease either, just a neurological disability. There are resources to help people of all ages with it as well. It doesn’t have to stop anyone from succeeding. In fact, there’s some highly successful people with it. For example, Steven Spielberg the major movie director talks about his dyslexia in the video below.

Other notable examples include but are not limited to; Albert Einstein, Kiera Knightly, Agatha Christie, Walt Disney, Tommy Hilfiger, Muhammed Ali, John Lennon, and Hans Christian Anderson. While Roald Dahl, was not diagnosed he was possibly dyslexic. In his book, BFG, the title character is likely dyslexic as well.

Here’s a short list of a few other dyslexia-friendly books available here at RPL.

Alphabet War

You’re A Bad Man Mr. Gum

Raymie Nightingale

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Fish in a Tree

Naomi D'Archangel

Naomi is a recent transplant to Richmond and a voracious eclectic reader. They can often be found with stacks of varied books, from romance and history to science fiction and children's stories. They are one of several Bookologists as well! Always up for conversations about books, feel free to stop by to say hi or drop an email!

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