Curriculum Vital

Dive In with Dyslexia Action

and Barrington Stoke

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The more you read, the easier it becomes. But for those who struggle with words, reading is not always fun - it's easy to lose heart and stop trying.

Dyslexia Action and Barrington Stoke have teamed up to create a book guide giving you ideas that might appeal to young people who have dyslexia or are reluctant readers. Click the "Dive In" image to go to their website and download the leaflet now. It's a great link to share with librarians, teachers and parents.

You'll be able to find our handy book lists below with all the featured titles, and more great dyslexia-friendly books from Barrington Stoke. Why not also visit our Tips On Dyslexia page to find books on how to help support students with dyslexia and handy tips on creating classroom resources.

What is dyslexia?

  • Dyslexia primarily affects the ability to learn to read and spell.
  • It comes from a difficulty in dealing with the sounds of words, which makes it especially hard to learn to read words using phonics.
  • It usually affects short-term memory and speed of recalling names or labels. This means that people with dyslexia often find it hard to remember lists of things they have just heard, or to remember a name or a fact quickly.
  • Dyslexia is not the same for everyone: it can be mild or severe; it varies depending on other strengths, or difficulties, that the person may have; and it's impact depends on the kind of support and encouragement that is given at school, at home and at work.

What are the important things to know about dyslexia?

  • People with dyslexia often have strengths in reasoning, visual and creative fields. Dyslexia is not related to general intelligence; nor is it the result of visual difficulties.
  • Dyslexia usually runs in families. Dispite a genetic component, there is still much that can be done to mitigate the effects, especially if intervention is given early.
  • Many people learn strategies to manage the effects of dyslexia, but it does not go away, and its effects may be felt in new situations or in times of stress.
  • People with dyslexia often, but do not always, show characteristics of other specific learning difficulties such as dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder or dyscalculia.


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Take a look at other great books for struggling readers in our Reluctant Reader section.


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Dyslexia Action is a national charity with over 40 years' experience in providing services and support to children, young people and adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties. They provide assessments and tuition through their national learning centres and support teachers and educators through the provision of teaching resources and traning; they also undertake research and campaigning to improve the lives of those affected by dyslexia.




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Barrington Stoke is an award-winning independent publisher dedicated to cracking reading. They know that every parent wants their child to become a reader, and every teacher wants their students to make the jump from learning to read to loving to read. Their books are commissioned, edited and designed to break down the barriers that can stop this happening, from dyslexia and visual stress to reading reluctance.