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

# Books Authors Lists
21 A Big Ball Of String   Dyslexia Daily
22 A Fish Out of Water   Dyslexia Daily
23 A Fly Went By   Dyslexia Daily
24 A Pony for Keeps (Pony Pals, #2) Jeanne Betancourt Goodreads
25 A Prayer for Owen Meany   Dyslexia Help
26 A Strange Land   The Dyslexis Shop
Against the Odds: Malala Yousafzai by Claire Throp
28 Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper   Dyslexia Help
29 An Alien Ate Me For Breakfast   The Dyslexis Shop
30 Animal Riddles   Dyslexia Daily
31 Are You My Mother?   Dyslexia Daily
32 Assassin   The Dyslexis Shop
33 At Home with Dyslexia: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your Child Sascha Roos Goodreads
34 Author Helen Lester Dyslexia
35 Back to Front and Upside Down   Dyslexia Help
36 Barbar Loses His Crown   Dyslexia Daily
37 Barrington Stoke   Dyslexia Help
38 Bima and the Water of Life   The Dyslexis Shop
Blueprint for a Literate Nation: How You Can Help
  Reading Horizons
40 Bone’ Series, by Jeff Smith   Additude Mag
41 Book of Riddles   Dyslexia Daily
Book Smart: How to Develop and Support Successful, Motivated Readers
  Reading Horizons
43 Brain School: Stories of Children With Learning Disabilities And Attention Disorders Who Changed Their Lives By Improving Their Cognitive Functioning Howard Eaton Goodreads
44 Brian Has Dyslexia   The Dyslexis Shop
45 Capstone Press   Dyslexia Help
46 CinderAlf   The Dyslexis Shop
47 Clare and her Captain   The Dyslexis Shop
48 Clementine, Sara Pennypacker Understood
49 Come Over To My house   Dyslexia Daily
50 Counting to D Kate Scott Goodreads
51 Craig M’Nure   The Dyslexis Shop
52 Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires Kes Gray Independent
53 David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Malcolm Gladwell Goodreads
54 Defeat Dyslexia!: The Parents’ Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Dyslexia Holly Swinton Goodreads
55 Dekko Comics   Dyslexia Help
56 Developing Language and Literacy   Reading Horizons
57 Diary of a   Independent
58 Diary of a Trainee Rock God   The Dyslexis Shop
59 Dick Turpin – Legends and Lies   The Dyslexis Shop
60 Doctor Dolittle And The Pirates   Dyslexia Daily
61 Document 512 Thomas Lopinski Goodreads
62 Dog on a Log Books   Dyslexia Help
63 Dork Diaries Rachel Renee Russell The Guardian
64 Dr. Seuss’s ABC   Dyslexia Daily
65 dyslexia   Dyslexia Daily
Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System
  Reading Horizons
67 Dyslexia and Mathematics T.R. Miles Goodreads
68 Dyslexia At College Dorothy E. Gilroy Goodreads
Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time):…
Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts for Schools and Parents
  Reading Horizons
71 Dyslexia Wonders   Dyslexia Daily
72 Dyslexia, Learning, and the Brain Roderick I. Nicolson Goodreads
73 Dyslexia: How to survive and succeed at work Sylvia Moody Goodreads
74 Dyslexia: Learning Disorder or Creative Gift? Cornelia Jantzen Goodreads
75 Dyslexia: TIME FOR TALENT Carolina Frohlich Goodreads
76 End of the Alphabet Fleur Beale Goodreads
77 Enna 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
82 First   Dyslexia Daily
83 Football Academy   Dyslexia Daily
84 Fox Friend   The Dyslexis Shop
85 Fox In Sox   Dyslexia Daily
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
  Dyslexia Help
87 Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms Jim Smith Independent
88 Gawain Greytail and the Terrible Tab   The Dyslexis Shop
89 Getting Away With It   The Dyslexis Shop
90 Ghost for Sale   The Dyslexis Shop
91 Go, Dog, Go!   Dyslexia Daily
92 Green Eggs and Ham   Dyslexia Daily
93 Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia Natasha Campbell-McBride Goodreads
94 Hamlet   The Dyslexis Shop
95 Harald Hardnut   The Dyslexis Shop
96 Harry Potter books 1–6   Dyslexia Help
Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions: The Attention Fix
  Reading Horizons
98 High Noon Books   Dyslexia Help
99 Honey and Me   The Dyslexis Shop
100 Hook or by Crook   The Dyslexis Shop
101 Hop on Pop   Dyslexia Daily
102 How To DEFEAT Your Child’s DYSLEXIA: Your Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia Including Tools You Can Use for Learning Empowerment Sandra K. Cook Goodreads
103 Hugh Loftings Travels Of Doctor Dolittle   Dyslexia Daily
104 I Wish That I Had Duck Feet   Dyslexia Daily
105 If Only We Had A Helicopter   The Dyslexis Shop
106 In the Mind’s Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics, and the Rise of Visual Technologies Thomas G. West Goodreads
107 Into the Storm   The Dyslexis Shop
108 Kindred   Dyslexia Help
109 King 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
112 Learning Disabilities 3/E Bob Gates Goodreads
113 Little Black Goes To The Circus   Dyslexia Daily
114 Little Black, A Pony   Dyslexia Daily
115 Liz Dunoon   Dyslexia Daily
116 Mad Iris and the Bad School Report   The Dyslexis Shop
117 Magic Tree House books   Dyslexia Help
118 Many Faces of Dyslexia Margaret Rawson Goodreads
119 May B. Caroline Starr Rose Barnes And Noble
120 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH   Dyslexia Help
121 My Dog Daisy   The Dyslexis Shop
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
123 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish   Dyslexia Daily
124 Percy Jackson’s World   Dyslexia Help
125 Phonic Books   Dyslexia Help
126 Playing Tyler, T.L. Costa Understood
127 Pocket Hero   The Dyslexis Shop
128 Pony Pals Series   Dyslexia Daily
129 Poppy Avi Goodreads
130 Prince Frog Face   The Dyslexis Shop
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
  Reading Horizons
132 Prove It, Josh Jenny Watson Goodreads
133 Put Me in the Zoo   Dyslexia Daily
134 Raymie Nightingale Kate Dicamillo Independent
135 Read it now   Standard
Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read
  Reading Horizons
137 Red Card   The Dyslexis Shop
138 RETURN of the (Un)teenager   The Dyslexis Shop
139 Reversals Eileen Simpson Goodreads
140 Ride A Bike (DOG ON A LOG Let’s GO! Books Book 23) Pamela Brookes Goodreads
141 Robert The Rose Horse   Dyslexia Daily
142 Ruby the Red Fairy Daisy Meadows The Guardian
143 Saddleback Educational Publishing   Dyslexia Help
144 Sam And The Firefly   Dyslexia Daily
145 Santa Claude Alex T Smith Independent
146 Sawbones   The Dyslexis Shop
147 Secret Life of a Dyslexic Child Robert Frank Goodreads
148 Shadow Girl   The Dyslexis Shop
149 Snow By Dr. Seuss   Dyslexia Daily
150 Space Ace   The Dyslexis Shop
Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers
  Reading Horizons
152 Spellwright (Spellwright, #1) Blake Charlton Goodreads
153 Squish, Jennifer and Matthew Holm Additude Mag
154 Summer   Dyslexia Daily
155 Teaching A Struggling Reader: One Mom’s Experience (DOG ON A LOG Books) Pamela Brookes Goodreads
Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science
  Reading Horizons
157 Ten Apples Up On Top   Dyslexia Daily
The ‘Boys Rule’ and ‘Girls Rock’ Book Series
  Dyslexia Daily
159 The Adventures of Captain Underpants   Dyslexia Help
160 The Bear Scouts   Dyslexia Daily
161 The Bear’s Holiday   Dyslexia Daily
162 The Bears Christmas   Dyslexia Daily
163 The Beast by Michaela Morgan   Standard
164 The Best Nest   Dyslexia Daily
165 The Big Honey Hunt   Dyslexia Daily
166 The Big Jump   Dyslexia Daily
167 The Bike Lesson   Dyslexia Daily
168 The Boy and the Globe   The Dyslexis Shop
169 The Cat In The Hat   Dyslexia Daily
170 The Cat In The Hat Comes Back   Dyslexia Daily
171 The Crane At The Cave: Decodable books for Phonics Readers and Dyslexia/Dyslexic Learners (DOG ON A LOG Let’s GO! Books Book 22) Pamela Brookes Goodreads
172 The Digging-est Dog   Dyslexia Daily
173 the dog on the log chapter book Pamela Brookes Goodreads
The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning
  Reading Horizons
175 The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain Brock L. Eide Goodreads
176 The Enemy Charlie Higson The Guardian
177 The Fall   The Dyslexis Shop
178 The Front Room Michelle Magorian Independent
179 The Genie of Timbuktu   The Dyslexis Shop
180 The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read…and How They Can Learn Ronald D. Davis Goodreads
181 The Girl with the Sunshine Smile   The Dyslexis Shop
182 The Goblin of Tara   The Dyslexis Shop
183 The Human Side of Dyslexia: 142 Interviews with Real People Telling Real Stories About Their Coping Strategies with Dyslexia – Kindergarten through College Shirley Kurnoff Goodreads
184 The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick Additude Mag
185 The King, The Mice, The Cheese   Dyslexia Daily
186 The Last Viking   The Dyslexis Shop
187 The Lightning Thief and others in the series Rick Riordan Dyslexia
188 The Merchant of Venice   The Dyslexis Shop
189 The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child’s Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success Brock L. Eide Goodreads
The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads
  Reading Horizons
191 The Recruit Robert Muchamore The Guardian
192 The 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
195 The Speech of Angels Sharon Maas Goodreads
196 The Stepsisters’ Story   The Dyslexis Shop
197 The Taming of the Shrew   The Dyslexis Shop
The True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp
  Dyslexia Help
199 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle   Dyslexia Help
200 The Twits Roald Dahl Independent
201 The Unlikely Outlaws   The Dyslexis Shop
202 The Vampire of Croglin   The Dyslexis Shop
203 The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Goodreads
204 The World of Norm: May Be Recycled Jonathan Meres Independent
205 The World’s Worst Children David Walliams Independent
206 Thunder Cake   Dyslexia Help
207 Totem Series (Set of 12 books)   The Dyslexis Shop
208 Trapped. A Novel Judy Spurr Dyslexia
209 Two-Minute Drill: Mike Lupica’s Comeback Kids Mike Lupica Dyslexia
210 Unicorns are Real: Right-brained Approach to Learning (Creative Parenting/Creative Teaching Series) Barbara Meister Vitale Goodreads
Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction
  Reading Horizons
212 Wartman   The Dyslexis Shop
213 Weird Happenings   The Dyslexis Shop
214 What Is Dyslexia?: A Book Explaining Dyslexia for Kids and Adults to Use Together Alan M. Hultquist, illustrated Dyslexia
215 Who HQ   Dyslexia Help
216 Who’s a Big Bully Then?   The Dyslexis Shop
Why Kids Can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers
  Reading Horizons
218 Wimpy Kid: Double Down Jeff Kinney Independent
219 Wolfman, Michael Rosen Additude Mag
220 You will Go To The Moon   Dyslexia Daily
221 You’ve Got Verve, Jamie Ireland! Lisa Otter Rose Goodreads
222 You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum 10th Anniversary edition Andy Stanton Independent

14 Best Books For Dyslexic Children Sources/Lists

Source Article
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

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