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The Best Children’s Books About Or For Dyslexia

“What are the best Children’s books about being Dyslexic?” We looked at 222 of the top Dyslexia Kids books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 20 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Children’s Dyslexia” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

See also our list of The Best Adult Books About And For Dyslexia!

Happy Scrolling!

Top 20 Best Books For Children With Dyslexia

20 .) Brock written by Anthony McGowan


Lists It Appears On:

  • Additude Mag
  • The Guardian

Life is not easy for Nicky with his mum gone and his dad on bail. When brother Kenny drags Nicky out of bed one morning to witness a terrible act of destruction and senseless killing of an animal, Nicky is shocked but manages to save something precious from the disaster which changes his and Kenny’s lives forever.…

19 .) Diary of a Wimpy Kid written by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Additude Mag
  • The Guardian

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.…

18 .) Eleven written by Patricia Riley Giff


Lists It Appears On:

  • Dyslexia
  • Read Brightly

When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are eventually answered.…

17 .) Horrid Henry Robs the Bank written by Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry Robs the Bank

Lists It Appears On:

  • Additude Mag
  • The Guardian

In these four new stories, Horrid Henry helps himself to all the money he needs to win his favourite board game, comes up with another spectacular money-making scheme for launching a newspaper with all the school gossip, vows vengeance on Perfect Peter when Peter nicks his birthday party theme and has his own pirate party.…

16 .) Niagara Falls, Or Does It? (Hank Zipzer, #1) written by Henry Winkler

Niagara Falls, Or Does It? (Hank Zipzer, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Goodreads

Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show.

15 .) Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level written by Sally E. Shaywitz

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Reading Horizons

Offers parents instructions on how to help their children.

14 .) Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief written by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dyslexia Daily
  • The Guardian

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

13 .) Stormbreaker written by Anthony Horowitz


Lists It Appears On:

  • Standard
  • The Guardian

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

12 .) Tacky the Penguin written by Helen Lester

Tacky the Penguin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dyslexia
  • Read Brightly

Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.

11 .) Tom Gates: DogZombies Rule written by Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: DogZombies Rule

Lists It Appears On:

  • Independent
  • Standard

10 .) Unboxed written by Non Pratt


Lists It Appears On:

  • Independent
  • Standard

Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago – with five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.…

9 .) Close to Famous written by Joan Bauer

Close to Famous

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Dyslexia
  • Read Brightly

Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother’s abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.…

8 .) Goth Girl written by Chris Riddell

Goth Girl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Additude Mag
  • Standard
  • The Guardian

Meet Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, Lord Goth, lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts, but she hasn’t got any friends to explore her enormous, creepy house with. Then one night everything changes when Ada meets a ghostly mouse named Ishmael. Together they set out to solve the mystery of the strange happenings at Ghastly-Gorm Hall. And get a lot more than they bargained for.…

7 .) Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia Help
  • Goodreads

6 .) It’s Called Dyslexia written by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos & illustrated

It’s Called Dyslexia

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia Daily
  • Read Brightly

A young girl is unhappy with school because she often mixes up the letters of the alphabet or writes them backwards until her teacher explains that she has dyslexia and, with special help, she can overcome her difficulties with language.

5 .) Percy Jackson and the Olympians written by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Chapters
  • Goodreads
  • Understood

A collection of books with Percy Jackson and his army of young demigods on different adventures.

4 .) Thank You, Mr. Falker written by Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Dyslexia
  • Goodreads
  • Understood

At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

3 .) The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia written by Diane Burton Robb and Gail Piazza

The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia Daily
  • Understood

Learning to read is a great struggle for Adam, but with expert help, hard work, and belief in himself, he wins “The Alphabet War.” Includes information about dyslexia.

2 .) Fish In A Tree written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish In A Tree

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Chapters
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Understood

Ally’s greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn’t know how to read

1 .) My Name Is Brain Brian written by Jeanne Betancourt

My Name Is Brain Brian

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Chapters
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia Daily
  • Dyslexia Help
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Understood

Although he is helped by his new sixth grade teacher after being diagnosed as dyslexic, Brian still has some problems with school and with people he thought were his friends.

The 200+ Additional Best Kids Books About Dyslexia

21A Big Ball Of String Dyslexia Daily
22A Fish Out of Water Dyslexia Daily
23A Fly Went By Dyslexia Daily
24A Pony for Keeps (Pony Pals, #2)Jeanne BetancourtGoodreads
25A Prayer for Owen Meany Dyslexia Help
26A Strange Land The Dyslexis Shop
Against the Odds: Malala Yousafzai by Claire Throp
28Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper Dyslexia Help
29An Alien Ate Me For Breakfast The Dyslexis Shop
30Animal Riddles Dyslexia Daily
31Are You My Mother? Dyslexia Daily
32Assassin The Dyslexis Shop
33At Home with Dyslexia: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your ChildSascha RoosGoodreads
34AuthorHelen LesterDyslexia
35Back to Front and Upside Down Dyslexia Help
36Barbar Loses His Crown Dyslexia Daily
37Barrington Stoke Dyslexia Help
38Bima and the Water of Life The Dyslexis Shop
Blueprint for a Literate Nation: How You Can Help
 Reading Horizons
40Bone’ Series, by Jeff Smith Additude Mag
41Book of Riddles Dyslexia Daily
Book Smart: How to Develop and Support Successful, Motivated Readers
 Reading Horizons
43Brain School: Stories of Children With Learning Disabilities And Attention Disorders Who Changed Their Lives By Improving Their Cognitive FunctioningHoward EatonGoodreads
44Brian Has Dyslexia The Dyslexis Shop
45Capstone Press Dyslexia Help
46CinderAlf The Dyslexis Shop
47Clare and her Captain The Dyslexis Shop
48Clementine,Sara PennypackerUnderstood
49Come Over To My house Dyslexia Daily
50Counting to DKate ScottGoodreads
51Craig M’Nure The Dyslexis Shop
52Daisy and the Trouble with VampiresKes GrayIndependent
53David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling GiantsMalcolm GladwellGoodreads
54Defeat Dyslexia!: The Parents’ Guide to Understanding Your Child’s DyslexiaHolly SwintonGoodreads
55Dekko Comics Dyslexia Help
56Developing Language and Literacy Reading Horizons
57Diary of a Independent
58Diary of a Trainee Rock God The Dyslexis Shop
59Dick Turpin – Legends and Lies The Dyslexis Shop
60Doctor Dolittle And The Pirates Dyslexia Daily
61Document 512Thomas LopinskiGoodreads
62Dog on a Log Books Dyslexia Help
63Dork DiariesRachel Renee RussellThe Guardian
64Dr. Seuss’s ABC Dyslexia Daily
65dyslexia Dyslexia Daily
Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System
 Reading Horizons
67Dyslexia and MathematicsT.R. MilesGoodreads
68Dyslexia At CollegeDorothy E. GilroyGoodreads
Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time):…
Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts for Schools and Parents
 Reading Horizons
71Dyslexia Wonders Dyslexia Daily
72Dyslexia, Learning, and the BrainRoderick I. NicolsonGoodreads
73Dyslexia: How to survive and succeed at workSylvia MoodyGoodreads
74Dyslexia: Learning Disorder or Creative Gift?Cornelia JantzenGoodreads
75Dyslexia: TIME FOR TALENTCarolina FrohlichGoodreads
76End of the AlphabetFleur BealeGoodreads
77Enna Hittims The Dyslexis Shop
Equipped for Reading Success: A Comprehensive, Step-by-Step Program for Developing Phonemic Awareness and Fluent Word Recognition
 Reading Horizons
Essentials of Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties
 Reading Horizons
Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading
 Reading Horizons
Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching
 Reading Horizons
82First Dyslexia Daily
83Football Academy Dyslexia Daily
84Fox Friend The Dyslexis Shop
85Fox In Sox Dyslexia Daily
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
 Dyslexia Help
87Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom NomsJim SmithIndependent
88Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab The Dyslexis Shop
89Getting Away With It The Dyslexis Shop
90Ghost for Sale The Dyslexis Shop
91Go, Dog, Go! Dyslexia Daily
92Green Eggs and Ham Dyslexia Daily
93Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, SchizophreniaNatasha Campbell-McBrideGoodreads
94Hamlet The Dyslexis Shop
95Harald Hardnut The Dyslexis Shop
96Harry Potter books 1–6 Dyslexia Help
Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions: The Attention Fix
 Reading Horizons
98High Noon Books Dyslexia Help
99Honey and Me The Dyslexis Shop
100Hook or by Crook The Dyslexis Shop
101Hop on Pop Dyslexia Daily
102How To DEFEAT Your Child’s DYSLEXIA: Your Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia Including Tools You Can Use for Learning EmpowermentSandra K. CookGoodreads
103Hugh Loftings Travels Of Doctor Dolittle Dyslexia Daily
104I Wish That I Had Duck Feet Dyslexia Daily
105If Only We Had A Helicopter The Dyslexis Shop
106In the Mind’s Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics, and the Rise of Visual TechnologiesThomas G. WestGoodreads
107Into the Storm The Dyslexis Shop
108Kindred Dyslexia Help
109King Midas And The Golden Touch Dyslexia Daily
Knees: The Mixed Up World Of A Boy With…
Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It
 Reading Horizons
112Learning Disabilities 3/EBob GatesGoodreads
113Little Black Goes To The Circus Dyslexia Daily
114Little Black, A Pony Dyslexia Daily
115Liz Dunoon Dyslexia Daily
116Mad Iris and the Bad School Report The Dyslexis Shop
117Magic Tree House books Dyslexia Help
118Many Faces of DyslexiaMargaret RawsonGoodreads
119May B.Caroline Starr RoseBarnes And Noble
120Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Dyslexia Help
121My Dog Daisy The Dyslexis Shop
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
123One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Dyslexia Daily
124Percy Jackson’s World Dyslexia Help
125Phonic Books Dyslexia Help
126Playing Tyler,T.L. CostaUnderstood
127Pocket Hero The Dyslexis Shop
128Pony Pals Series Dyslexia Daily
130Prince Frog Face The Dyslexis Shop
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
 Reading Horizons
132Prove It, JoshJenny WatsonGoodreads
133Put Me in the Zoo Dyslexia Daily
134Raymie NightingaleKate DicamilloIndependent
135Read it now Standard
Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read
 Reading Horizons
137Red Card The Dyslexis Shop
138RETURN of the (Un)teenager The Dyslexis Shop
139ReversalsEileen SimpsonGoodreads
140Ride A Bike (DOG ON A LOG Let’s GO! Books Book 23)Pamela BrookesGoodreads
141Robert The Rose Horse Dyslexia Daily
142Ruby the Red FairyDaisy MeadowsThe Guardian
143Saddleback Educational Publishing Dyslexia Help
144Sam And The Firefly Dyslexia Daily
145Santa ClaudeAlex T SmithIndependent
146Sawbones The Dyslexis Shop
147Secret Life of a Dyslexic ChildRobert FrankGoodreads
148Shadow Girl The Dyslexis Shop
149Snow By Dr. Seuss Dyslexia Daily
150Space Ace The Dyslexis Shop
Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers
 Reading Horizons
152Spellwright (Spellwright, #1)Blake CharltonGoodreads
153Squish,Jennifer and Matthew HolmAdditude Mag
154Summer Dyslexia Daily
155Teaching A Struggling Reader: One Mom’s Experience (DOG ON A LOG Books)Pamela BrookesGoodreads
Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science
 Reading Horizons
157Ten Apples Up On Top Dyslexia Daily
The ‘Boys Rule’ and ‘Girls Rock’ Book Series
 Dyslexia Daily
159The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dyslexia Help
160The Bear Scouts Dyslexia Daily
161The Bear’s Holiday Dyslexia Daily
162The Bears Christmas Dyslexia Daily
163The Beast by Michaela Morgan Standard
164The Best Nest Dyslexia Daily
165The Big Honey Hunt Dyslexia Daily
166The Big Jump Dyslexia Daily
167The Bike Lesson Dyslexia Daily
168The Boy and the Globe The Dyslexis Shop
169The Cat In The Hat Dyslexia Daily
170The Cat In The Hat Comes Back Dyslexia Daily
171The Crane At The Cave: Decodable books for Phonics Readers and Dyslexia/Dyslexic Learners (DOG ON A LOG Let’s GO! Books Book 22)Pamela BrookesGoodreads
172The Digging-est Dog Dyslexia Daily
173the dog on the log chapter bookPamela BrookesGoodreads
The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning
 Reading Horizons
175The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic BrainBrock L. EideGoodreads
176The EnemyCharlie HigsonThe Guardian
177The Fall The Dyslexis Shop
178The Front RoomMichelle MagorianIndependent
179The Genie of Timbuktu The Dyslexis Shop
180The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read…and How They Can LearnRonald D. DavisGoodreads
181The Girl with the Sunshine Smile The Dyslexis Shop
182The Goblin of Tara The Dyslexis Shop
183The Human Side of Dyslexia: 142 Interviews with Real People Telling Real Stories About Their Coping Strategies with Dyslexia – Kindergarten through CollegeShirley KurnoffGoodreads
184The Invention of Hugo Cabret,Brian SelznickAdditude Mag
185The King, The Mice, The Cheese Dyslexia Daily
186The Last Viking The Dyslexis Shop
187The Lightning Thief and others in the seriesRick RiordanDyslexia
188The Merchant of Venice The Dyslexis Shop
189The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child’s Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to SuccessBrock L. EideGoodreads
The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads
 Reading Horizons
191The RecruitRobert MuchamoreThe Guardian
192The Seal’s Fate The Dyslexis Shop
The Shut-down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child
 Reading Horizons
The Soggy, Foggy Campout (Here’s Hank #8)
 Read Brightly
195The Speech of AngelsSharon MaasGoodreads
196The Stepsisters’ Story The Dyslexis Shop
197The Taming of the Shrew The Dyslexis Shop
The True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp
 Dyslexia Help
199The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Dyslexia Help
200The TwitsRoald DahlIndependent
201The Unlikely Outlaws The Dyslexis Shop
202The Vampire of Croglin The Dyslexis Shop
203The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain TransformationBarbara Arrowsmith-YoungGoodreads
204The World of Norm: May Be RecycledJonathan MeresIndependent
205The World’s Worst ChildrenDavid WalliamsIndependent
206Thunder Cake Dyslexia Help
207Totem Series (Set of 12 books) The Dyslexis Shop
208Trapped. A NovelJudy SpurrDyslexia
209Two-Minute Drill: Mike Lupica’s Comeback KidsMike LupicaDyslexia
210Unicorns are Real: Right-brained Approach to Learning (Creative Parenting/Creative Teaching Series)Barbara Meister VitaleGoodreads
Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction
 Reading Horizons
212Wartman The Dyslexis Shop
213Weird Happenings The Dyslexis Shop
214What Is Dyslexia?: A Book Explaining Dyslexia for Kids and Adults to Use TogetherAlan M. Hultquist, illustratedDyslexia
215Who HQ Dyslexia Help
216Who’s a Big Bully Then? The Dyslexis Shop
Why Kids Can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers
 Reading Horizons
218Wimpy Kid: Double DownJeff KinneyIndependent
219Wolfman,Michael RosenAdditude Mag
220You will Go To The Moon Dyslexia Daily
221You’ve Got Verve, Jamie Ireland!Lisa Otter RoseGoodreads
222You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum 10th Anniversary editionAndy StantonIndependent

14 Best Books For Dyslexic Children Sources/Lists

Additude Mag Book Recommendations For Kids with ADHD Who Hate Reading
Barnes And Noble 5 Extraordinary Characters Who Struggle With Dyslexia
Chapters Top Ten Books for Kids on Dyslexia
Dyslexia Young People’s Books about Dyslexia
Dyslexia Daily Recommended Reading Books For Dyslexic Kids Age 4-13
Dyslexia Help Books to Get Kids Reading
Goodreads Best Dyslexia Books
Independent 12 best kids’ books for dyslexic and reluctant readers
Read Brightly 7 Children’s Books About Dyslexia
Reading Horizons 21 Helpful Books About Dyslexia for Parents and Educators
Standard 8 best books for kids with dyslexia and reluctant readers
The Dyslexis Shop Dyslexia Books for Reluctant Readers
The Guardian Top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers
Understood Books Featuring Characters With Dyslexia and ADHD