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Dyslexia Awareness Week 7-13 October 2019

Did you know more than one in ten of us are dyslexic?

Dyslexia or visual stress is a neurological difference that can have a significant impact during education, in the workplace and in everyday life.

Each person’s experience of dyslexia is different, just as each person is unique. It can range from mild to severe and can co-occur with other learning differences.

For Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019 the British Dyslexia Association is asking schools and workplaces to put aside half an hour to explore how to empower dyslexia in the organisation, maximising the value it brings.

So, what are we doing to recognise this?

The Hungerford Bookshop has been working closely with a publisher which specialises in ‘super-readable’ and ‘dyslexic-friendly’ books and we are delighted to be able to offer a wider range of these books for children. Two of these are shown below but they’re by no means the only ones we stock. Our immediate aim is to make the children’s section a more accessible and dyslexia-friendly space.

So what makes these books so special?

  • children will recognise the award winning authors and illustrators
  • the text uses a dyslexic-friendly font
  • the layout and spacing stop the page from becoming over crowded
  • the pages use a heavier paper with a gentle tint
  • the books are expertly edited
  • lots of lovely illustrations to break up the text
  • the story content is designed to match the age of the reader NOT their reading age
  • reading ages (RAs) range from 6 to 8+ and interest ages (IAs) from 3+ to Teen
  • the books are both together in a specially dedicated area of the children’s section but also interspersed amongst the other books in the children’s section

Where do we go from here?

Our interest in the subject isn’t going to end when National Dyslexia Week does. Our long-term goal is to become a local hub for young readers with dyslexia or visual stress. We’re taking advice from local dyslexia specialist Jacqui Flisher and look forward to working more closely with Jacqui in the near future.

Do pop in to the bookshop to see our range of books and please do ask us to help you select books. We want this to be a two way process. For children and teens to feel comfortable coming into the shop and asking us for recommendations but also for them to let us know what they’ve been reading so that we can in turn recommend to others.

We are also stocking a selection of books aimed at children reluctant to engage with books or read for pleasure.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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