Dyslexia Friendly Collection

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 friendly

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.


Book stickers on Dyslexia Friendly Collection (DXF-C) in the children’s area of Tea Tree Gully Library


You can find dyslexia friendly books and audio books among the Children’s book series boxes in the Children’s Area.

Teens Area: You can find them on the last shelf facing the public computers.

Stickers on the Dyslexia Friendly Books in the Teen Area

Stickers on the Dyslexia Friendly Books in the Teen Area

Find the DXF-T books in the shelf that faces the computers (in the Teen Area).

Find the DXF-T books in the shelf that faces the computers (in the Teen Area).

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!

In car entertainment for your driving holiday

If you and the family are heading off on a driving holiday this summer, or even a day out, and want to ward off boredom and endless games of ‘I Spy’, take a look at the audio book collections in the Library.

Books on CD and MP3 are available for kids and adults, with titles ranging from Storytime with Peppa Pig to My Sporting Life: Sir Jackie Stewart. They can be borrowed for up to 4 weeks, so grab a few to have in the car and keep everyone amused.

audio booksAnd if you run out, you could always borrow more from the public library at your holiday destination, if they are part of the One Card network, and return them here when you get home!

Enjoy the commute

I’ve recently discovered the beauty of audio books.

Needing a break from the radio during my daily drive to and from work, and feeling like I didn’t have much time to read at home, I borrowed a book on CD to listen to in the car.  I was worried at first that it would distract me from the road, but that doesn’t seem to have been a problem. I was also initally curious to see if having one actor reading the whole story, accents, voices and all, would be off putting or add to the story.

The first story I listened to I found to be frustratingly slow, as the actor read the story aloud much slower than I would have read the words on the page. But after a while I learned to enjoy the storytelling, and have gained appreciation for the skill of the actors in differentiating the characters’ voices, and keeping their accents consistent.

 In the last few months I have made my way through several spoken word editions of light and fluffy ‘chick lit’ including Monica McInerney’s Spin the Bottle, and Carole Matthew’s The Sweetest Taboo , and even Barack Obama’s Dreams from my Father (autobiography).

It’s been a great way to catch up on my ‘reading’, and I even look forward to driving to work on a Monday morning! But I have been in real danger of turning up at work with tears in my eyes after listening to a particularly emotional chapter. 🙂