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...
A brand-new me!
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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.
Day of the iguana : Hank Zipzer, the almost true confessions of the world's best underachiever #3
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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 1945-
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...
I got a "D" in salami : Hank Zipzer, the almost true confessions of the world's best underachiever #2
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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! : Hank Zipzer, the world's greatest underachiever, book 7
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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 1945-
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...
My dog's a scaredy-cat : a Halloween tail
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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 1945-
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? : the mostly true confessions of the world's best underachiever
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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 : Hank Zipzer the world's greatest underachiever, book 5
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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! : what genius thought that up?
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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 1945-
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 1945-
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 : Hank Zipzer, book 4
Winkler, Henry 1945-
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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