The best dyslexia friendly books for kids to read!

The Best Dyslexia Friendly Books for Kids to Read

Looking for the best dyslexia friendly books for kids to read?

After my daughter was identified as dyslexic, I wondered if there were any books that she should or could read?  Dr. Sally Shaywitz, author of Overcoming Dyslexia, has put together a list of the best books for Dyslexic kids to read.  She advises using to find out a book’s difficulty level.

The best dyslexia friendly books for kids to read!

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Here are a few of the books from the list:

Easy Reader Books for Dyslexic Kids to Read and Have Read to Them

Henry and Mudge in the Family Trees (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997)

Brown Can Moo! Can You?, Dr. Seuss, (New York: Random House, 1970)

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Dr. Seuss, (New York: Random House, 2001)

Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn, Cynthia Rylant, (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1998)

Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, (New York: Delacorte Press, 2000)

Morris and Boris at the Circus, B, Wiseman, (New York: Harper & Row, 1988)

Commander Toad and the Space Pirates, Jane Yolen, (New York: Coward-McCann, 1987)

Soap Soup and Other Verses, Karla Kuskin, (New York: HarperCollins, 1992)

Book of Pigericks, Arnold Lobel, (New York: Harper & Row, 1983)

Awful Ogre’s Awful Day, Jack Pretlusky (New York: Greenwillow Books, 2001)

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein (New York: Harper & Row, 1974)

If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and Their Parents, Judith Viorst (New York: Atheneum, 1981)


Picture Books with Rhymes/Pattern/Repetition

            • Louella Mae, She’s Run Away!, Karen Beaumont Alarcon (New York: Holt 1997)


Transitional Chapter Books

Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery, David Adler (New York: Viking, 2001)

Stories Julian Tells, Ann Cameron (New York: Pantheon, 1981)

How to Be Cool in the Third Grade, Betsy Duffey (New York: Viking, 1993)

Jenius: The Amazing Guinea Pig, Dick, King-Smith (New York: Hyperion, 1996)

Horrible Harry in Room 2B, Frank Remkiewicz and Suzy Kline (New York: Viking Kestrel, 1988)

Tooter Pepperday, Jerry Spinelli (New York: Random House, 1995)



Magazines are also a wonderful choice because they have small snippets of reading on interesting and current event topics. It is also exciting for your child to anticipate the arrival each month.

Cricket Magazine Group

Ladybug for Ages 2-6

Spider for Ages 6-9

Cricket’s for Ages 9-14

Time For Kids

Big Picture for Kinder and 1st grade

New Scoop for 2nd and 3rd grades

World Reports for 4th-6th grades

Sports Illustrated for Kids -ages 8-15


One thing I realized after finding this list was that it was by no accident that my dear Soph seemed to love Dr. Seuss books.  I had been advised to not let Dr. Seuss books be the bulk of her reading choices because they were too easy.  Now I realize how important that rhyming, sing-song verse of Dr. Seuss really was!  And as a Dr. Seuss fan, I couldn’t help but chuckle.
Do you have any favorite books you love to read to your child?
 Please comment below!

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