Our top dyslexia-friendly books for struggling readers

Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week from the 2nd-8th October!


It’s incredibly important to have accessible books available for struggling readers so that they can read their favourite stories with ease and enjoyment without feeling overwhelmed. To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week, we’ve collated our top dyslexia-friendly books to help children overcome their fear of reading and fall in love with books.


A Christmas Carol: Annotation-Friendly Edition
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A Christmas Carol: Annotation Edition by Charles Dickens


This annotation edition of Dickens’ well-known yuletide tale is perfect for students and Dickens enthusiasts alike. Scholastic Annotation Editions come with extra-wide margins and double-spaced lines, they are perfect for your annotations.

They include:
  • Large spaces between lines and large outer margins, perfect for highlighting and note-taking.
  • Pages for note-taking in every book.
  • A large, easy to read font and left-aligned text for children who struggle to access the printed word.
  • Top tips on effective annotation from English teacher and revision guide author, Cindy Torn.

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The House of Clouds
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The House of Clouds by Lisa Thompson


Tabby’s fed up. Fed up with losing her best friend and fed up that Grandad has come to stay. Grandad’s always telling the same old silly, made-up stories and now Tabby has to walk his smelly dog Buster every day after school. When one of Tabby’s walks takes her to a lonely hilltop house she spots something strange going on. So strange she can’t help but mention it to Grandad who of course turns it all into another fantasy. But when tragedy strikes, Tabby’s left wondering if Grandad’s impossible story could be true?

A poignant and uplifting story of family, connection and imagination, from the Blue Peter Book Award shortlisted author of Owen and the Soldier.

Ghost Garden
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The Ghost Garden by Emma Carroll


When Fran uncovers a bone in the garden of Longbarrow House on the same afternoon that Leo breaks his leg, it is just the first in a series of strange and unsettling coincidences.

Leo is left immobilised for the rest of the summer and Fran is roped in to keep him company, forced to listen to his foolish theories about the looming threat of war in Europe.

Suddenly the garden she has loved all her life seems to hold threatening shadows of the future, and Fran starts to fear what she and Leo might find next…

Whole Burn Down
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World Burn Down by Steve Cole


Carlos’s mother works for IBAMA, Brazil’s Environmental Authority. As head of a specially trained task force, her role is to protect the Amazon from the farmers, loggers and miners who are illegally destroying the precious rainforest. It’s a dangerous role and when she upsets some of these land-grabbers, they decide to teach her a lesson by kidnapping her son, Carlos. Taken deep into the Amazon, Carlos manages to escape his captors only to find himself trapped by the fast-moving fires. Will he be able to outrun the flames as the world around him burns to the ground?

The terrifying reality of illegal deforestation and the destruction of the rainforest is revealed in this powerful and gripping Amazonian adventure from bestselling author Steve Cole.

Tom Gates 21: Tom Gates 21: Five Star Stories
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Tom Gates: Five Star Stories by Liz Pichon


Q: Who wants their FIVE STAR funny story included in Oakfield School’s story book? A: EVERYONE! But what will Tom write about? Inspiration strikes when he looks at his excellent collection of ODD OBJECTS and remembers the funny stories behind each one.

Starting with Great Great Aunt Aggie’s fake bird hat, the weird stone with a hole and his very special doodle pen. Marcus wants to write about Tom (which is annoying), Amy’s got a funny poem and Norman’s story is all about… cheese. But Mr Fullerman can only choose the FIVE STAR STORIES – will Tom get his work in on time?

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Frankie's World (2)
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Frankie’s World #2: Finding My Voice by Aoife Dooley


How do you find your voice when everyone around you is telling you to be quiet? Frankie is different, and so is her best-friend, Sam. So when they both start secondary school, it’s tough. Particularly when there are so many rules to follow, like: No talking in class! Be quiet in the hallways! Silence for assembly! Frankie doesn’t know how she’ll manage, because constantly talking is how she copes.

So when she gets the chance to compete in a Battle of the Bands contest, Frankie couldn’t be more excited. Except, to have a band, you need to have band members. And to have band members, you need to be good at making friends… Can Frankie learn to find her voice and stand out?

Barrington Stoke Teen: Lark
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Lark by Anthony McGowan


Things are tense at home for Nicky and Kenny. Their mum’s coming to visit and it will be the first time they’ve seen her in years. A lot has changed since they were little and Nicky’s not so sure he’s ready to see her again.

When they head for a trek across the moors to take their minds off everything, a series of unforeseen circumstances leaves the brothers in a vulnerable and very dangerous position. There might even be a chance that this time not everyone will make it home alive…

Second Best Friend
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Second Best Friend by Non Pratt


Jade and Becky are BFFs. They like the same stuff. They wear the same clothes. They even look alike. But when a spiteful remark hits home for Jade, she realises that though they’re besties, she’s always been second best. Then the school election offers her the chance to come first for once. Suddenly Jade will go to any lengths to outdo her best buddy…

A superbly taut and realistic tale of friends/rivals from the Carnegie Medal nominated author of Trouble.

Dog Man 11: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea
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Dog Man 11: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea by Dav Pilkey


Piggy is back, and his newest plot is his most diabolical yet. Dog Man and the rest of your favourite characters must join together in this heroic and hilarious, ALL NEW adventure.

WHAT new villains are on the horizon? WHERE are they all coming from? And WHO will step forward to save the city when scoundrels sabotage our Supa Buddies? Find out in DOG MAN #11 – there’s so much more than ever before – it’s EPIC!

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  • Ghost Garden Ghost Garden

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  • The House of Clouds The House of Clouds
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  • Barrington Stoke: Little Gems Ages 5-7 Pack B

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  • World Burn Down World Burn Down
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  • Barrington Stoke Teen: Of Mice and Men Barrington Stoke Teen: Of Mice and Men

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  • Owen and the Soldier Owen and the Soldier

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  • Great (Food) Bank Heist Great (Food) Bank Heist

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  • Christmas Carol Christmas Carol
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