Dyslexic-friendly (Font and Design) for Children and Teens

These are suggested books that are available through the Sussex County Library System. Many people with dyslexia find these types of books are easier to read. They are designed in a dyslexia-friendly font specially created to help make it easier to read and decode. Many publishers also layout the books so they are not "overcrowded" and include lots of illustrations to break up the text and keep the story moving.

Our VOX books are also recommended too. Vox books are audiobooks that live in print books. Sussex County Library System has these books at every branch in Easy Readers, Picture Books, Children's Fiction, nonfiction, and young adults. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. There's no need for computers, tablets, or CDs. Kids simply push a button to listen and read.

This list is updated on a regular basis by Deb Fagnan for Sussex County Library System.


Updated February 29, 2024
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Aaron Slater, illustrator /
Beaty, Andrea.
Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers. When his teacher asks each child in the class to write a story, Aaron can't...
Barfing in the backseat : how I survived my family road trip
Winkler, Henry
Hank's dad has decided to enter a crossword-puzzle tournament, and he wants to make a family road trip of it! So the family piles into the car--along with Frankie and Katherine the iguana (Hank and Emily each get to bring a "friend"). When they reach their destination, they'll get to spend the day...
A brand-new me!
Winkler, Henry
It's graduation time for Hank Zipzer and all his friends-- time to move on from PS 87 to middle school. Trouble is, there are tests Hank has to pass to get into the same middle schools as his friends, and his learning differences might get in the way. Luckily, a life-altering audition at a...
Brilliant Bea
Rudolph, Shaina.
An endearing and empowering story that demonstrates that a learning difference like dyslexia doesn't define who you are. Despite her struggles with reading and writing, Beatrice is a natural and brilliant storyteller. With the help of a kind-hearted teacher, Beatrice uses an old...
This book is also available in an audio format, VOX.
The curtain went up, my pants fell down
Winkler, Henry
Hank Zipzer is failing math, so he has to work with Heather Payne, resident class brain, to help get his grades up. At the same time, Hank's school is putting on a production of The King and I. As coincidence would have it, Hank is cast as the King, and Heather as Anna. But when Hank's dad...
Day of the iguana /
Winkler, Henry,
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. It's science project time in Ms. Adolf's class...
Dump trucks and dogsleds : I'm on my way, Mom!
Winkler, Henry
When Hank first heard that his mom was having a baby boy, he wasn't so thrilled. And when he finds out that the baby will be sharing his room, Hank is positively outraged! To make things easier, Dad suggests he take Hank and Emily away for some bonding. But on the first day of their trip, a freak...
Fossils /
Owen, Ruth,
Giant dinosaur bones and rocky poop from millions of years ago can show us a lot about the animals and plants that used to live on Earth. But what do you know about fossils? Dig in to find out how fossils form, see what they look like up close, and learn what they teach us about life long ago....
I got a "D" in salami
Winkler, Henry
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. It's science project time in Ms. Adolf's class...
Help! Somebody get me out of fourth grade!
Winkler, Henry
It's time for the end of year parent-teacher conference, and Hank's in a panic. He's afraid that his teacher is going to tell his parents that he has to repeat the fourth grade. So Hank creates an elaborate scheme to have his parents win an out-of-town trip so they're gone during the conference days...
Holy enchilada!
Winkler, Henry
PS 87 is having multicultural week, and Ms. Adolf's class is putting on a "Foods from Around the World" luncheon. Hank is thrilled&150no reading, no outlining, and no review questions, just cooking! Hank makes enchiladas, and at the luncheon, Ms. Adolf piles her plate with lots of food. But after a...
How to hug an elephant
Winkler, Henry
When Hank's class takes a field trip to the zoo, he quickly gets lost after his partner (and nemesis) ditches him. Unable to read the map, Hank wanders and finds himself locked in a habitat with Elsie, an elephant recently rescued and kept isolated. He begins a game of soccer with her, and they...
Igneous rocks /
Owen, Ruth,
From frying pans to paving stones, igneous rocks are everywhere. But what do you know about this common rock? Dive under Earth's crust to find the scorching source material for these rocks. Then, follow along with the different ways these rocks form, find out what they look like up close, and...
The life of me : enter at your own risk
Winkler, Henry
When Ms. Adolf hurts her back in a tango contest and goes on longterm leave, Mr. Rock (the music teacher) is called in as the sub. Hank is psyched . . . until Mr. Rock suggests that Hank attend an after-school reading program, which means he'll miss tae kwon do. But when Hank gets a crush on a girl...
My dog's a scaredy-cat : a Halloween tail
Winkler, Henry
On Halloween day, Hank comes to school dressed in what he thinks is the perfect costume-a table in an Italian restaurant. Nick McKelty, the resident school bully (dressed in a total blood and guts costume), thinks Hank's costume is wimpy and that Hank wouldn't know how to be scary and gross if his...
My secret life as a ping-pong wizard
Winkler, Henry
Hank thought that getting through summer school to get to the fifth grade would be hard enough, but little did he know that it would get worse! Everyone in the fifth grade is starting to focus on a sport--and they're really good. Everyone, that is, except Hank. When Papa Pete suggests that Hank take...
Niagara Falls, or does it?
Winkler, Henry
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. It's science project time in Ms. Adolf's class...
The night I flunked my field trip
Winkler, Henry
Hank is thrilled about the "Best Field Trip of the Year"-everyone from Ms. Adolph's class gets to spend the night on an old-fashioned three-mast sailing ship in New York Harbor!  And Hank gets even more excited when the ship's captain chooses him to be the first mate.  But being first mate...
Summer school! :
Winkler, Henry,
Summer school are two words in the English language that Hank Zipzer doesn't want to learn. But there's no getting out of this one for Hank-summer school, here he comes! Will Hank have to spend the summer bored to death inside a sweltering classroom, or will he actually learn a cool lesson or...
A tale of two tails
Winkler, Henry
Hank enters his dog Cheerio in a show, hoping to win the big prize. Unfortunately for Hank, Nick McKelty and his gassy little Chihuahua have the same thing in mind. Will Hank and Cheerio be able to take home the ribbon for Best in Show?
Who ordered this baby? : definitely not me!
Winkler, Henry
One afternoon, Hank overhears his mom and Frankie's mom talking about having a baby. Having a baby!? It must be Frankie's mom that they're talking about! Frankie will go crazy when he hears about this! Hank worries about how to break the news to his best friend, until he finds out that it's his own...
The Zippity Zinger
Winkler, Henry
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. PS 87 is having multicultural week, and Ms....

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