The more you read, the easier it becomes. But for those who struggle with words, reading is not always fun, and it’s easy to lose heart and stop trying.
Tea Tree Gully Library has recently made it easier to find dyslexia-friendly books and audiobooks by putting them in their own space in the children’s and teen areas. They now have signage and coloured labels so they are easy to find.
To search for dyslexia friendly books, type in ‘dyslexia’ in the catalogue, just like below, and from there you can select the ‘dyslexia’ boxes on the left-hand side.
Dyslexia primarily affects the ability to learn, read and spell. Sometimes maths is affected as well. It’s important to remember that having dyslexia is not related to someone’s general intelligence. It comes from a difficulty in dealing with the sounds of words. People with dyslexia often find it hard to remember lists of things they have heard, or to remember names or facts quickly, although they often have strengths in reasoning, visual and creative fields.
Features of Dyslexia Friendly Books:
- A font style and size that is clear to read.
- Off-white paper that is kinder to the eyes as it reduces glare from the high contrast of black against white.
- Spacing between letters, lines and paragraphs
- Age appropriate content and story lines but with less text to a page and more pictures
- Shorter chapters to give the eyes natural ‘rest’ breaks
Where are they located?
Children’s Area: Find them in the area near the book series boxes.
Teens Area: You can find them on the last shelf facing the public computers.
We hope our new collections appeal to children and young people who have dyslexia or who are reluctant to read. May they inspire a new love of reading!