I hope you devoured at least one of the books on the July reading list. Whether you picked up a copy of Miss Pell Never Misspells, went deep with Overcoming Dyslexia, or stayed in the vein of children’s books with Discovering My Dyslexia Superpowers, reading more books on the topic of dyslexia is sure to benefit your students with dyslexia. You will also find yourself better equipped to handle parent conversations if you have some recent reading under your belt.
August is a back-to-school month for many educators, so I went light and recommend two books for your TBR list this month.
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Grit may seem a less-than-obvious choice for a book list centered around dyslexia. I stand by this recommendation for your August reading because Grit speaks eloquently to the long-term benefits of struggle. We observe our students with dyslexia struggling daily, and it behooves us to think past the natural reaction toward removing that struggle and consider the character-building benefits of struggle. I am interested in what you think after you read (or listen to the audiobook as you sort worksheets and create beautiful learning environments in your classroom). Hop over to the Facebook page, Cindy Hall Consulting to leave your comment on the book Grit as it relates to students with dyslexia.
Hank Zipzer (series) by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Hank Zipzer is the fictional hero of Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver’s series by the same name. Hank is both dyslexic and ADHD, and he learns about the characteristics of both as the adventures unfold. Book one of the series, Here’s Hank, Bookmarks are People Too, introduces us to all the characters who will populate the pages of the series. Book two, Niagara Falls, or Does It? takes off with zany adventures and missteps that all kids love to read about. All books in the series are at a grade 3 - 5 reading level. The typeface used is Dyslexie, a font specifically designed for dyslexic readers. Wide spacing and lots of whitespace on each page combined with the special font make this series easier for children with dyslexia to read.