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My Journey Parenting a Child with Dyslexia

Here are the articles I have written as both a librarian and the mother of a child with dyslexia in which I share my personal journey of learning how to better understand, advocate for and help my child with dyslexia. Every day I’m learning more about how to better understand and help my child and children like her. I hope you will join me on this journey because if we want to raise readers, we need to understand that not everyone learns to read in the same way and at the same time. And if I could say one important thing to you it is this: never ever shame a person on their reading journey, no matter where they are at, what they are reading, or how it may differ from yours.

Being a Librarian Did Not Prepare Me for Parenting a Child with Dyslexia 

How Misuse of the 40 Book Challenge Made My Dyslexic Child Hate Reading and Why I Pushed Back 

Middle Grade Graphic Novels That a Middle Grade Reader with Dyslexia Really Loves 

So You Want to Raise a Reader? I Have Some Tips for You 

In Which I Interview Thing 2, My Child Who Has Dyslexia (She wrote some of the questions herself)

Everything You Need to Know About Dyslexia and Library Services to Youth with Dyslexia at TLT

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, so let’s get started

How Libraries Can Better Serve Youth with Dyslexia, an Infographic

Dyslexia Awareness Month: Providing a Variety of Formats is an Access Issue

Additional Posts About Dyslexia at TLT

What if it’s more than Reluctant Reading

Books Featuring Main Characters with Dyslexia, a discussion and a book list

Dyslexia from a Teen POV, a guest post

What are libraries doing for Dyslexia Awareness Month? Here are a few examples

Dyslexia Awareness Month: Tips from an Educator on Helping Students with Dyslexia Succeed

Dyslexia Awareness Month: Dyslexic—and Bilingual? a guest post by Laura Rueckert

Dyslexia Awareness Month: Dyslexia from a Teen POV, a guest post by teen blogger Lauren

Princesses Can Have Dyslexia Too

Library Services to Youth with Dyslexia Guidelines and Examples

Upper Arlington in Ohio services to children with dyslexia

IFLA has some great discussion about services to patrons with dyslexia as well

ALSC guidelines for library services to children with dyslexia

An interview with The Dylslexic Librarian

Dyslexia Organizations, Dyslexia 101 and Designing for Dyslexia

Resources to learn more about the basics of dyslexia and how to better serve youth with dyslexia. Many of these websites have helpful infographics and design tips that we should keep in mind when designing our signage, flyers, etc.

CNN: This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia

International Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia Fact Sheet

Made by Dyslexia

Decoding Dyslexia


Dyslexia Affects More Than Just Reading, here’s a look at other skills that can be affected by dyslexia

DITC: Dyslexia in the Classroom, what every teacher needs to know

Dyslexia Accommodations in the Classroom – please don’t ask students to read aloud, don’t count off for poor spelling, don’t insist on book levels, don’t make book levels public knowledge if you use them, and consider letting students take photos of notes on the board or provide printed out copies of notes. These are just a few of the accommodations that are suggested to help youth with dyslexia be successful in school. A quick Google search will lead you to many more resources about this important topic.

Dyslexia and High School Drop Out Rates – Undiagnosed dyslexia, self-esteem issues and an unsupportive learning environment or lack of resources can lead to a higher drop out rate for students with dyslexia. It is imperative that we advocate for early diagnosis and proper educational support and that our youth with dyslexia are given proper instruction in order for them to be successful.

Scholastic: Dyslexia, what teachers need to know

Dyslexia, what you’re seeing in your high schooler

F is for Fail – this article is from Canada, but it touches on some important points. One of our biggest measures of academic success is whether or not a child can read at level in the 3rd grade. However, schools don’t typically test for dyslexia until the second semester of their 2nd grade year. At this time, it’s often too late for proper intervention. We need routines screening beginning the moment our kids start school to help get them and keep them on track.

Dyslexic Library – a blog by a mother and daughter

Social and Emotional Problems Related to Dyslexia – want to better understand what it’s like to have dyslexia? This article really helped me better understand that anxiety and self-doubt that can come from having a brain that thinks differently in our world.

Infographic source cites on infographic itself

6 Surprising Bad Design Practices that Hurt Dyslexic Users

Designing for Dyslexia

What to Look for in Books

What makes a book dyslexia-friendly?

Scholastic Acorn and Branches books are a great resource for readers grades K-3. Also look at graphic novels and audio books, especially for readers grades 3-7. Graphic novels, audio books and hi-lo readers like those published by Orca are great for high school readers with dyslexia. Many people have also suggested decodable books. Digital media is a great resource for readers with dyslexia and tools like Overdrive allow readers to personalize their tools in ways that work best for them.

When recommending books to readers with dyslexia, consider the following:

Shorter is better – shorter words, sentences, and paragraphs help prevent the blurring of text.

Bigger is better – bigger text can help prevent the blurring of text as well

Sans-Serif fonts – many people with dyslexia find san-serif fonts easier to read

More “white space” on the page – having more white space, or negative space with no text at all, on the page is helpful

But not actual white space – black text on a stark white background is often the most difficult to read, using an off white page can be helpful for many readers with dyslexia

To the left, to the left – Left justify your text for easier reading

Simple is better – Whatever you can do to simplify your text is better. Use bold lettering instead of italics, for example. Don’t add a lot of flourishes and fancy stuff. You want to make it as easy to read as possible so that readers with dyslexia have less opportunities to mix up letters and words, skip lines or paragraphs, etc.


  1. Chandra Jackson says

    Karen, I love all of the infographics you have here! I have a loved one who has dyslexia and I read and listened to The Dyslexic Advantage. This was the best nonfiction book I have had the privilege of reading in a long while! It helped me to understand the person with dyslexia as a whole and it can be a great confidence booster for those struggling with this challenge. I HIGHLY recommend it!

    It is available on the Hoopla app with your library card!


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