“When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But “p” looked like “q,” and “b” looked like “d.” In first grade, he had to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War! This engaging picture book will encourage children with dyslexia that their struggles will get easier over time, and provides a great resource for parents and educators.”
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The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb
The Alphabet War is a great book to help kids undestand what it is like to have dyslexia. Whether you are reading this to a child who struggles to read or a child who is a natural reader, kids will gain empathy and understanding of peers who struggle to read.
I really love the character arch in this book. Adam begins as a confident, outgoing kid who slowly loses that confidence as begins school and falls further and further behind his peers in reading.
Once Adam is diagnosed with dyslexia and a good tutor is found, he finally begins to read and gains back the confidence he had at the beginning of the story. He realizes he isn’t “dumb” but his brain is just wired differently. This book is perfect for both struggling readers and strong readers alike.
Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words by Ruth Rocha
Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words is a great book that shows the transformation from non-reader to reader in the eyes of a young boy in Brazil.
Once Pedro goes to school and begins to learn the letters one by one…
…all of those lines and squiggles begin to make sense.
First he recognizes letters here and there and then words.
Eventually, Pedro finds himself reading and those lines and squiggles transform themselves into words. This book by Ruth Rocha, Brazil’s most popular children’s author if full of bold illustrations that will keep your child engaged in the story.
Alphabetter by Dan Bar-el and Graham Ross
“Did you ever try to use an egg in place of a football? Or dress up a live quail in doll’s clothes when you didn’t have a doll? Or strap rag-dolls onto your feet in place of slippers? In Alphabetter, twenty-six boys and girls find themselves in twenty-six different predicaments when the alphabet refuses to cooperate with them. In the end, the solution turns out to be right on the next page, if only they can find it…“
Alphabetter is a hilarious alphabet book all about problem solving and cooperation.
Each letter of the alphabet leads into the next with problem solving. Bonoit had a bathing suit…but not a clarinet.
Cara had a clarinet but not a doggy bone…your children will be giggling with anticipation to see what comes next in this silly alphabet story.
Have you read any great picture books lately? Be sure and leave them in the comments.