Dyslexia information is widely available. However, it can be difficult to locate the most relevant or helpful websites, articles, and books. Here are some of our recommended resources.
- International Dyslexia Association
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
- University of Michigan, Dyslexia Help
- Michigan Protection & Advocacy Services, Inc.
Recommended Reading for Adults
- The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A. and Fernette F. Eide, M.D. (2011 Hudson Street Press)
This well-respected book discusses why many contractors, engineers, rocket scientists famous mystery novelists etc. had trouble with reading and writing in school. It focuses on the fact that many professionals have “different brains” that allow them to think uniquely about what they see in the classroom, at home, and in their occupations. It encourages us to attend to the fact that, despite school difficulties, individuals with dyslexia do not have “a condition”. Instead they “not only perceive the written word differently but also conceive space more intuitively”, so they can make connections between unrelated objects and make great creative leaps that others are not able to see.
- Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf (2007 Harper Perennial)
This book explores the concept that “human beings were never born to read”. The author has dedicated her life to reading research. Her primary focus has been those with dyslexia. This book examines what it means to be dyslexic in languages around the world (German, Spanish, Greek, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, an Chinese) and “the toll that not learning to read takes on children regardless of their native languages”/. Proust and the Squid uses modern technological research to guide us through important questions about the unique contributions made by those whose brains are “ill-suited to reading”.
- The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child by Robert Frank with Kathryn E. Livingston (2004)
This book offers step-by-step guidance to families and caregivers on how to help children with dyslexia reach their true potential.
- Reading David by Lissa Weinstein, Ph.D. (2003)
This book is written by a mother who discovered her child was struggling with learning and then began a rigorous process of trying to find help for her son.
- Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz (2003)
- Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats (2002)
Recommended Reading for Young People
- Knees by Vanita Oelschlager (2012 Vanita Books, LLC)
This nicely illustrated children’s story is told from the point of view of a fourth grade boy who has dyslexia. It reveals his school struggles, but it also takes the reader through his quest to discover his unique strengths and special talents.
- Tom’s Special Talent by Kate Gaynor (2009 Special Stories Publishing, Ireland)
This is a children’s book about a boy named Tom. He isn’t sure he has any talents as he observes how well his friends read and write. However, when he wins a school competition, everyone discovers Tom’s own special gift.
- If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? by Barbara Esham (2008 Mainstream Connections)
This is a children’s storybook about an eight year old girl who is participating in a spelling bee. She asks her dad (a gifted lawyer) to help her practice, but he is forced to reveal a shocking truth to his daughter: he has always struggled with reading and spelling.
- The Alphabet War by Diane Burton Robb (2004 Albert Whitman & Company)
- My Name is Brain/Brian (1995) by Jeanne Betancourt
In this story, a sixth grade boy is diagnosed with dyslexia. He starts working with a tutor, has a teacher who understands dyslexia, and discovers positive aspects of being a person with dyslexia.