Dyslexia is a learning difference that can affect the ability to read, write and spell.
Surrey libraries are committed to providing whatever support they can for:
- Parents and carers looking to support children with dyslexia
- Dyslexic parents and carers looking to find books to share with small children
- Adults with dyslexia looking to find ways to enjoy reading or develop their skills.
Dyslexia friendly books
It has been proven that books that have the following characteristics are effective in helping people with dyslexia:
- Using a dyslexia-friendly font
- A gently tinted, detail-free background behind the text to reduce glare and stress on the eye
- Slightly increased character spacing to make letters easier to read
- Clean syntax to minimise potential obstacles to comprehension
- Standard left-to-right and top-to-bottom layout for text to aid with following the story in sequence.
Waterstones have also produced a great printable guide to choosing dyslexia friendly books (PDF) that has further suggestions.
Barrington Stoke publish dyslexia friendly books for young children with the new Little Gems series through to books for adults. The books are produced on cream paper to reduce glare together with carefully designed spacing and font. They also have an imprint, Picture Squirrels , which produces picture books designed for dyslexic adults to share with small children.
Barrington Stoke books in Surrey libraries:
Read Hear books in Surrey libraries
Innovative and exciting, a simple yet brilliant concept: First-class fiction by famous authors, presented in an easily accessible format.
Youngsters who experience difficulties in reading often find listening to a story whilst following the text makes it easier to identify and remember troublesome words.
Oakhill's Read Hear book & cd packs have been created to help achieve this goal. Barrington Stoke provides the books, specifically designed to help children who need extra encouragement, are reluctant, dyslexic or under-confident readers. Oakhill's high-quality recordings, using professional actors to bring characters to life provide that essential additional level of support.
We have created reading lists of Read Hear titles available in Surrey Libraries, arranged by interest age of the books:
Other book series suitable for teens with dyslexia
- Yesterday's Voices by Dee Phillips. There are six titles in the series, all 48 pages long
- Reluctant Teenage Fiction by various authors, all around 100 pages long
Websites helpful for finding dyslexia friendly books
Booktrust - Type dyslexia in the Search box. This website has booklists as well as helpful information about dyslexia.
Love Reading for Kids - Provides book suggestions arranged by interest age from 3 - 14+.
Listening Books - This is a subscription website offering audio books to borrow in a variety of formats: MP3, CD, download or streaming.
Other facilities available in Surrey libraries
eBooks and eAudiobooks
The potential benefits of eAudiobooks are clear but many eReaders allow you to change the font/typeface, spacing, size and even background colour of eBooks. Experimentation may lead to finding an easier way for people with dyslexia to access our entire eBook catalogue.
Spoken Word/Talking books
CDs are available at most libraries.
Browsealoud software has been installed on all library computers to allow text to audio of participating websites.
Quick reads are designed for adults who struggle with reading for any reason and for reluctant readers.
Quick Read titles available from Surrey Libraries.
Dyslexia information reading lists
We have put together the following reading lists of titles available in Surrey libraries:
Other sources of help and information
The British Dyslexia Association
The vision of the British Dyslexia Association is a dyslexia friendly society enabling all dyslexic people to reach their potential. The website provides information for professionals and families as well as an online shopping facility supplying assistive equipment, technology and useful books. The Association also provides training for professionals, parents and employers.
The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre - a Surrey-based charity supporting everyone affected by dyslexia.
Dyslexia Research Trust - have a helpline, run a research programme and offer specialist clinics to support dyslexic adults and children General information for dyslexic adults and children.
Dyslex.io - aims to be a one-stop site for everything you need to know about dyslexia. The website itself is dyslexia-friendly with the option to change the font size and background page colour.
Being Dyslexic - information for people of all ages and situations and discussion forum.
Dyslexia friendly fonts/typefaces
- Microsoft Office typefaces: Arial, Comic Sans, Century Gothic, Verdana, Trebuchet
- Free fonts designed for dyslexia: Lexia Readable, Open-Dyslexic, Dyslexie
- Purchasable fonts, specially designed: Sassoon (for children) Sylexiad (for adults)
- Publisher-only fonts, designed for dyslexia. Barrington Stoke (for children), Read Regular