Over the last 3 and 1/2 years at The Homework Club working with a range of students, including dyslexics of ages 5 right through to adult, I have noticed that dyslexic teenagers from the age of 12/13 upwards find it very hard to continue reading. They are put off by not being able to find a category of books to read. They have out grown “baby” books but are intimidated by adult literature.
As a severe dyslexic who’s reading age is still very poor (way below adult levels!) but yet manages to read a multitude of fascinating books, I thought I would develop an on-line community Bookclub for dyslexics of all ages!
I didn’t read my first book myself until I was 13 – it was too too late for me by then to read all the classic children’s books, they had lost interest for me. The first book I read was The Day of the Jackal By Frederick Forsyth (I Just had to look up all the spelling here!) I think it took me at least 8 months to read and those people familiar with me and my blog will know that I now combat the boredom of taking too long to read a single book by reading many at the same time…
I guess it makes sense to start with some of the most recent books I have read:
It is a wonderful story of a boy starting traditional school who has not been to main stream school before as has been home schooled due to a very rare condition that has left him with a facial impairment.
This book is especially easy to read as it’s written from the child’s view, his sibling, school friends and his sister’s boyfriend and so on.. It deals with everyone’s fears of starting school, how to rise above bullies, how to just always be yourself – I have recommended it as a great read for all students starting second level this September!
I think this book will especially appeal to boys ..
My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall has a very simple story like quality that is easy to follow. Pictures of her adventures and life make the book an easy and fascinating read! Life can take you anywhere you want and in the most unusual ways… A great teenage read as it really builds confidence in anything in life being possible and to always follow your dreams and passions. She is keen to show us that each unique person can make a difference to the world. I would recommend it as a read for teenagers who haven’t found their “thing” yet or school leavers who still feel lost…
For the Girls! Fannie Flagg
Daisy May and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
This book is the first I read by Fannie Flagg and is a great easy introduction to her work. The story of Daisy who is a bit of a rebel.. who would win anyones heart. As a dyslexic herself Fannie Flagg understands the need to make her books readable and fun. The characters are always wonderful and her faith in human kind never wavers. She really tackles minority issues in a no-nonsense way.. in fact this is a book we have used at the school many a time to reach out to our own students.
Dr Naoisé O’Reilly (Expression Developist™)