Trying to support the reading of a dyslexic child can be daunting - and sometimes even stressful - but help is out there. Publishers Barrington Stoke specialise in producing books which will appeal to children who are either dyslexic or who are simply very reluctant readers.
Parents, carers and teachers who have struggled to find suitable books in the past will heave a sigh of relief when they visit Barrington Stokes's website; there is in-depth advice about choosing the right books for each child, practical ways to gauge reading age, and a great choice of books sorted by the age-appropriateness of their content. Many books are ‘hi lo’, meaning the content is appropriate to a particular age but the text is edited to suit a lower reading age - so even teen readers can find stories that suit them. And if all that doesn't leave you confident enough to choose a book for your young reader, you can get them involved by showing them sample pages so that they can make the choice with you. In addition to engaging stories and award-winning illustrations, the books employ specially-designed readable fonts, pages are uncrowded, and printing is on heavier paper with a gentle tint that helps reduce visual stresses.
Barrington Stoke was founded 21 years ago by Lucy Juckes and her mother-in-law Patience Thomson, drawing on their respective backgrounds in publishing and dyslexia support. They believe that their super-readable titles can give dyslexic and reluctant readers a lifelong love of books. Testimonials from delighted parents bear out this belief; 'Your books awoke my son’s love for reading. From a frustrated boy to a little book worm'.