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Early Reader Books with Dyslexic-Friendly Formats

This list was compiled and submitted to the Allen County Public Library as an Eagle Scout project by Fort Wayne-area resident Scott Forsythe. It contains books within the ACPL system that have fonts and layouts suitable for beginning readers who struggle with dyslexia. The list is subject to change as new books become available.

The books in this list were selected according to the following criteria:

  • Clean, simple, consistent font
  • Consistent spacing
  • Clear, simple illustrations
  • Tinted text background
For more information on Scott's project and for more resources on dyslexia, including a free interactive IPad e-book, see DyslexicKids.net.

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
CALL # AUTHOR TITLE DATE
JER ALDEN Alden, Laura Cat's Adventure in Alphabet Town
Cat meets several "c" words on her adventures in Alphabet Town. Includes alphabet activities.
1992
JER ALDEN Alden, Laura Elfin's Adventure in Alphabet Town
Elfin meets several "e" words on his adventures in alphabet Town.
1992
JER ALDEN Alden, Laura Nightingale's Adventure in Alphabet Town
While collecting sticks to build a nest, Nightingale is hit on the neck by a nut and is taken to the hospital by his friend Nellie the nurse. Includes alphabet activities.
1992
JER BALFO Balfour, Melissa The Magic Footprints
When the new girl next door gives Tim, who is very shy, a mysterious birthday present, the two children become friends.
2005
JER BATTI Battistoni, Ilse I Fight Fires
Simple text and photos describe the sound of the long I.
2002
JER BIRD Bird, Sheila My Auntie Susan
The narrator lists in simple rhyming text some of the great things about Auntie Susan, who wears a long scarf and likes to cook and bake.
2008
JER BLACK Black, Robyn Hood Sir Mike
Mike is all ready to fight the dragon he thinks he sees, but then is happy to realize it is just his pet dog.
2005
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan Bess and Tess
Easy-to-read text describes Lucy's two, very different dogs.
2005
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan Emperor's New Clothes
Two rascals sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes.
2004
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan A Fire Drill with Mr. Dill
When Mr. Dill, the fire chief, comes to school to talk about fire safety, something unexpected happens.
2005
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan Hatching Chicks
Mrs. Shay brings to class seven eggs from her hen, and her students take care of them until they hatch.
2005
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan Moving Day
Easy-to-read text describes how Grandpa, Mom, and Dad try to cheer Ben up while Grandpa packs up to move.
2005
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan A Pup Shows Up
When Bob and the others go out for recess, a friendly dog joins them on the playground.
2005
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan Steadfast Tin Soldier
The perilous adventure of a toy soldier who loves a paper dancing girl culminates in tragedy for both of them.
2004
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan Todd's Fire Drill
After learning about fire safety at school, Todd makes a map of his house, marking two exit routes from each room, and conducts a fire drill for his family. Includes activities.
2008
JER BLACK Blackaby, Susan Winter Fun for Kat
Easy-to-read text lists all of the colorful clothes Kat puts on to get ready for winter snow.
2005
JER BLAIS Blaisdell, Molly Grass Patch Project
A story about classmates who try to grow grass for a contest teaches young readers about grasses.
2008
JER BORKI Borkin, Jeff Blue's Beach Day
Blue and her friends build a sandcastle at the beach.
2004
JER BRADM Bradman, Tony Flora the Fairy
Some fairy magic helps Flora overcome her fear of Rufus the cat when she goes to visit her Grandma and Grandpa.
2005
JER BRADM Bradman, Tony My Kite
1999
JER BRIMN Brimner, Larry Dane A Bit is a Bite
2007
JER BRIMN Brimner, Larry Dane Monkey Math
Simple, rhyming text counts monkeys as they swing into a kitchen, enjoy a wild visit, and swing back out.
2007
JER BROWN Brown, Richard Walking in the Jungle
1996
JER BURG Burg, Ann E. Pirate Pickle and the White Balloon
2007
JE CLAIR Clairmont, Patsy Stinky
Stinky, a mouse who lives in the pantry with his family, recalls the first time he met his ant friends, Tid and Bit, and their talk about the importance of being nice.
2006
JER CAPLE Caple, Kathy Termite Tales
Follow Termite's adventures with his friend Ostrich.
2009
JER CLARK Clarke, Jane Runny Honey
A honey-loving bear spreads the gooey stuff everywhere, leading to some unwelcome visitors.
2008
JER CLARK Clarke, Jane Sherman Swaps Shells
A young hermit crab is perfectly happy with his chipped, too-small shell and his mother insists that he needs a new one to be safe, but they also disagree on whether the new shell should be sensible or spiky and cool.
2001
JER CRIST Cristaldi, Kathryn The Snowman Mystery
2004
JER CROW Crow, Melinda Melton Little Wheels
"Little Blue is too small for some jobs. Find out if he finds the right job for him"--Unedited summary from book.
2010
JER DAHL Dahl, Michael Frog Pajama Party
When Brandon and his frog friends give a pajama party, they have a frightening encounter with a cat.
2006
JER DAHL Dahl, Michael What's Bugging Pamela?
Pamela the rhinoceros is always angry until a strange bird lands on her back and refuses to leave.
2006
JER DONAH Donahue, Jill L. Last in Line
No matter whether the teacher orders the class by name, favorite animal, or height, Zelda Zena Zipperelli always seems to be the last person.
2006
JER DOUDN Doudna, Kelly Pin in the Bin
2006
JER DOUGH Dougherty, Terri Bath
After planting flowers in the yard, Tanya and her dog Rudy both need a bath, but who will get to use the soap first?
2005
JER DOUGH Dougherty, Terri Camping Scare
When Beth and Ben go camping in their back yard, a strange thumping noise keeps them awake.
2007
JER DURAN Durant, Alan Bird Flies South
Bird gets tired of the rain and decides to fly south where it is warm.
2005
JER EHRLI Ehrlich, Amy Kazam's Magic
2001
JER EMERS Emerson, Carl The Autumn Leaf
"Emma and Owen visit Old Oak at the park. It is autumn, and the leaves are falling from the trees. Only one leaf is left. Will it fall, too?"--P. [4] of cover.
2009
JER FRENC French, Vivian Meet the Mammoth!
Cave Baby, who cries at the sight of a butterfly, soon finds himself facing a huge mammoth that even frightens Cave Mom and Cave Dad.
2005
JER FRIEN Friend, Catherine Ruby Jumps
2000
JER GEORG George, Olivia The Weather
By observing a tree outside the bedroom window, a child is able tell what the weather is like throughout the year.
2005
JER GEORG George, Olivia My Birthday Cake
A little girl designs herself a birthday cake that has all her favorite ingredients, including jelly beans, doughnuts, brownies, lollipops, and more.
2005
JER GEORG George, Olivia Copy Cat
A kitten longs to be like the big cats until it finds something they can all do together.
2004
JER GERVE Gerver, Jane E. Wait for Me!
No one will wait for a little boy who is always late until he finds a friend who is late too.
2004
JER GIKOW Gikow, Louise A Day With Daddy
After a visit to the zoo with the children, it is Daddy who needs the nap.
2004
JER GILL Gill, Janie Spaht What If…?
1999
JER GILL Gill, Janie Spaht Where Are My Glasses?
1999
JER GILLH Gillham, W. E. C. Guess Who I Am!
1996
JER GILLH Gillham, W. E. C. What's in the Box?
1996
JER GILLH Gillham, W. E. C. Where's Wooly?
1996
JER GINNS Ginns, Russell Over My Head
2008
JER GOWAR Gowar, Mick Leo's New Pet
Leo's new pet hamster escapes from its cage before Leo has even decided on a name.
2008
JER GRIND Grindley, Sally Poppy and Max and the Lost Puppy
Poppy and Max find a lost puppy. Poppy thinks she's lovely, but Max isn't so sure, especially when Poppy seems to like the puppy better than him!
2008
JER GURNE Gurney, Stella The Silly Hot Dog
The hot dog on Dan's plate surprises him both by talking and by pretending to be a fish, a tree, and a boat.
2005
JER HALL Hall, Kristen Help! All About Telling Time
When Pooky runs out of time to pick enough berries for her Beastie Berry pies, her friends pitch in to help.
2003
JER HALL Hall, Kristen My New School
A young boy shows the reader, and someone hidden until the end, all around his school, pointing out the different rooms, demonstrating things he has learned to do, and sharing his favorite book.
2004
JER HALL Hall, Kristen My New Town
While giving a tour of his new town, a young boy introduces the reader to his teacher, dentist, barber, and police officer, as well as to his newly adopted baby sister.
2005
JER HALL Hall, Kristen My Trucks
While a little boy plays with his toy trucks, he imagines driving various real trucks, such as a fire engine, a farm pickup, and an ice cream wagon.
2003
JER HALL Hall, Kristen The Tooth Fairy
When he loses a tooth, a young boy excitedly awaits a visit from the tooth fairy.
2003
JER HALL Hall, Kristen Who Says?
Singing before a musical conductor, animals from chicken to owl reveal their own special sounds.
1990
JER HARDY Hardy, Lorien Trover Firefly Summer
When Chester asks his mother about the tiny lights he sees in the tall grass one summer, she teaches him the firefly song, which he keeps singing even in the fall, after the fireflies are gone.
2007
JER HARDY Hardy, Lorien Trover The Snow Dance
Though they look ordinary during the day, Mac knows that his four snowmen have a special nightime secret.
2007
JER HARRI Harrison, Paul Yummy, Yummy Fly
A fly is having so much fun eating all kinds of foods, from pizza to pudding, that he does not notice a frog sneaking up behind him.
2005
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Away Go the Boats
1981
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret The Boy and the Goats
A rabbit, a fox, a wolf, and a bumblebee try to help a little boy get his stray goats back from the next field. Includes reading activities.
2007
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret The Cow that Got Her Wish
Brownie the cow tries very hard to jump over the moon.
2009
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Dear Dragon Goes Camping
"A boy and his pet dragon go exploring and have fun on a family camping trip"--Provided by publisher.
2011
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Dear Dragon Goes to the Carnival
"A boy and his pet dragon spend a day at the carnival going on rides and playing different games"--Provided by publisher.
2011
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Dear Dragon Goes to the Library
"A boy and his pet dragon go to story time and take out books from the library"--Provided by publisher.
2008
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Dear Dragon Goes to the Zoo
"A boy and his pet dragon visit the zoo and see animals of all different shapes and sizes"--Provided by publisher.
2011
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Dear Dragon's Day with Father
"A boy and his pet dragon spend a day participating in activities with the boy's father"--Provided by publisher.
2008
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret I Did It, Dear Dragon
"A boy and his pet dragon play a game of hockey in the snow"--Provided by publisher.
2009
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret It's Fall, Dear Dragon
"A boy meets his pet dragon after school to rake and jump in leaves, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy a pretty fall day"--Provided by publisher.
2010
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret It's Spring, Dear Dragon
"A boy and his pet dragon enjoy a spring day by playing outside and exploring all the season has to offer"--Provided by publisher.
2010
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret It's Winter, Dear Dragon
"A boy and his pet dragon go sledding, make a snow fort, and have a snowball fight with friends on a fun winter day"--Provided by publisher.
2010
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret It's Summer, Dear Dragon
"A boy and his pet dragon enjoy a summer day by swimming, having a picnic, playing teeball, and seeing a fireworks show"--Provided by publisher.
2010
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret It's St. Patrick's Day, Dear Dragon
"A boy and his pet dragon celebrate St. Patrick's Day by finding things that are green"--Provided by publisher.
2008
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Little Cowboy and the Big Cowboy
A little cowboy and his father ride horses, round up cattle, mend a fence, practice roping, cook over a campfire, and sleep outdoors in their sleeping bags.
2009
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Magic Nutcracker
"When a young girl rescues her nutcracker from an attack by mice, the nutcracker becomes a prince and takes her to see the Snow King and Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and waltzing flowers"--Provided by publisher.
2009
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Tom Thumb
Relates a tiny boy's adventure in a cow's mouth, a fish's belly, on the back of a mouse, and at a king's table. Includes reading actvities.
2006
JER HILLE Hillert, Margaret Touchdown! Dear Dragon
"A boy and his pet dragon meet up with their friends and play football"--Provided by publisher.
2009
JER HINE Hines, Anna Grossnickle Got You!
Sam's older brother Mike keeps fooling him, but Sam thinks of a way to turn the tables.
2001
JER HURWI Hurwitz, Johanna Ethan At Home
Four simple stories about a young boy at bedtime, when he is sick, getting ready to play in the snow, and helping his mother clean the house.
2003
JER HURWI Hurwitz, Johanna Ethan Out and About
Ethan feeds birds, squirrels, and ants, chases a cat, and rides bikes with his Dad.
2002
JER JONES Jones, Christianne C. The Babysitter
Amy and Brad's parents go to the movies, leaving them with a babysitter who knows just what to do to make them happy.
2006
JER JONES Jones, Christianne C. Back to School
Jamal, who will be in the fifth grade, and his little sister Anisa, who is going into first grade, go shopping for school supplies.
2006
JER JONES Jones, Christianne C. Camping Trip
Mike is always clumsy and inept when he goes camping with his friends, but one night his problems come in handy.
2006
JER JONES Jones, Christianne C. Eric Won't Do It
Eric sits and watches as others participate in track and field day activities at camp.
2006
JER JONES Jones, Christianne C. Finny Learns to Swim
A young fish wants to be able to play tag and other games with his friends, but first he must learn to swim.
2006
JER JONES Jones, Christianne C. Joey's First Day
Joey is nervous about his first day of school, but by the second day he is just excited.
2006
JER JONES Jones, Christianne C. Just Try It
Tom is sure that he does not like peas, beans, broccoli, corn, or carrots, until one day he eats them all cooked together in a casserole.
2006
JER KALZ Kalz, Jill Bears on Ice
When three bears go fishing in a little house on the ice and catch only one fish, they have a good time eating what they have brought in their backpacks.
2006
JER KLEIN Klein, Adria F. Max Goes on the Bus
Max likes riding the bus to and from school.
2006
JER KLEIN Klein, Adria F. Max Goes to the Barber
During a visit to the barber, Max gets his hair cut and combed.
2006
JER KLEIN Klein, Adria F. Max Goes to the Dentist
Max visits the dentist to have his teeth checked and cleaned.
2006
JER KLEIN Klein, Adria F. Max Goes to the Farm
While on a visit to his grandparents' farm, Max and his friend Don have fun helping with the chores.
2008
JER KNUDS Knudsen, Michelle Fish and Frog
Fish swims around, finds a mirror, and plays games with Frog.
2005
JER LEE Lee, Quinlan B. Doodlebops: Superstars!
2007
JER LOEWE Loewen, Nancy Lady Lulu Liked to Litter
Lady Lulu litters lots. Her leftovers fill the lawn, lane, and lake. Will a litter landslide swallow Lulu and all of Lucky Landing?
2009
JER MACKI Mackinnon, Mairi The Gingerbread Man
2006
JER MARTI Martin, David Lucy And Bob
Four very brief stories about two frogs doing things that frogs enjoy.
2006
JER MARTI Martin, David Monkey Business
Monkey's adventures include making a birthday cake for Mom, losing a tooth, and hiding in the garbage.
2000
JER MARTI Martin, David Monkey Trouble
Monkey's troubles include popping balloons, high-flying kites, and puddles.
2000
JER MARTI Martin, David Piggy and Dad
Piggy and Dad have fun with drawings, the bathtub, sandwiches, and bedtime.
2001
JER MARTI Martin, David Piggy And Dad Play
Piggy's activities with Dad include playing with a ball, finding that Piggy has drunk all the lemonade he was trying to sell, having a water balloon fight, and sledding.
2002
JER MARTI Martin, David Three Little Bears
Four brief, simple stories featuring Brother, Sister, and Baby Bear sharing a variety of activities.
2004
JER MARZO Marzollo, Jean Shanna's Party Surprise
Shanna dresses up as the animal answer in these easy-to-read riddles.
2004
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Dalton's Dog
Dalton teaches his dog, Duner, not to dig in mother's garden, in simple text featuring the consonant "d."
2005
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Fatima and Fay Find a Bird
In simple text featuring the consonant F, Fatima and Fay find an injured bird, which they take to Dr. Fem.
2005
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Holly and Hank's Snow Day
Holly helps Hank build a snowman, in simple text featuring the "h" sound.
2005
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Lilly's Lost Lunch
Lilly misplaces her lunch while getting ready for school, in simple text featuring the "l" sound.
2005
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Marcus and the Mail
Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "m" tells about Marcus receiving something in the mail.
2005
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Pam's Trip to the Park
Learn about the sound of the letter P, as Pam and her parents pack a picnic lunch to visit the park and petting zoo.
2011
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Victor Moves
Simple text describe the move of Victor and his family to a new house.
2011
JER MEIER Meier, Joanne D. Wan and the Dog Wash
Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "w" describes a child washing a dog.
2005
JER MICHA Michalak, Jamie Larry and Rita
2007
JER MINDE Minden, Cecilia Celine and Cedric Go to the Circus
Simple text featuring the sound of the soft "c" describes two friends' trip to the circus.
2005
JER MINDE Minden, Cecilia Quana and Quinn
2011
JER MINDE Minden, Cecilia Taejon and Terrel
Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "t" describes how brothers Taejon and Terrel like to play together.
2005
JER OLSEN Olsen, Leigh The Stars in the Sky
Super Why and his friends fly into the fairy tale The Stars in the Sky to meet Ella, a young girl who is upset because she can't play with the stars. While in the book, they show Ella how she can use her imagination to play with the stars.
2009
JER ORYAN O'Ryan, Ellie George and the Dragon
Super Why and his friends fly into the story of George and the Dragon and meet the young knight who is too scared to rescue a princess guarded by a terrible dragon. While in the book, they help George find the courage to save the princess.
2009
JER PACKA Packard, Mary Kite
A child watches his kite fly high in the sky.
1990
JER PACKA Packard, Mary Very Bad Day
A young girl is having a very bad day, from falling out of bed in the morning to not being able to find her friends, but when she returns home from a rainy trip to the park her friends are waiting for her.
2004
JER PEARS Pearson, Mary I Can Do It All
When a boy goes to the library, he realizes he can pretend to be and to do anything by reading books.
2002
JER REGGI Reggier, DeMar Good Food
A boy grocery shops for nutritious food with his father, and together they cook dinner for the family.
2005
JER REGIE Regier, DeMar What Time Is It?
A child is so excited about her grandfather's upcoming visit that she counts down the hours until he arrives.
2005
JER RING Ring, Susan Quincy and the Dinosaurs
The Little Einsteins fly to the jungle and discover some very musical dinosaurs.
2008
JER RUANE Ruane, Johanna Boats, Boats, Boats
Rhyming text introduces a variety of boats.
2003
JER RUSSE Russell, Paige I See You
"It's a rollicking game of hide and seek and Pig Wig is it! You can run from Pig Wig, but you can't hide." -- Cover [p.4].
2008
JER SAMTO Samton, Sheila White Hurray for Rosa
Four brief adventures of Rosa as she imitates animals, goes to the beach, makes a sandwich, and has a birthday cake.
2001
JER SAMTO Samton, Sheila White The Rosa Stories
Rosa enjoys digging a hole, walking in all kinds of weather, catching a fish, running, jumping, spinning, and more.
2001
JER SCHAE Schaefer, Carole Lexa Beep! Beep! It's Beeper!
Four stories about Beeper the alien.
2001
JER SCHAE Schaefer, Carole Lexa Beeper's Friends
Beeper the alien has fun with friends, playing music, having a surprise, wearing silly clothes, and riding bumper cars.
2002
JER SHOOK Shook, Rebecca E. Music Students
"Judy and Ruth have been practicing with their teacher, Mr. Hugh. Now they're ready to make beautiful music with their friends."
1998
JER WEBST Webster, Christine Otter Everywhere
Easy-to-read text follows Otter as she shares a picnic with some ants, takes a bubble bath, prepares for a swim in her back yard, and gathers apples.
2007
JER WHITE Whitehill, Simcha Pokemon Save the Shieldon
Gary and Ash try to save some Shieldon from being hunted and sold.
2008
JER WILLE Willems, Mo Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep
Cat the Cat has a slumber party with her animal friends.
2010
JER WILLE Willems, Mo What's your Sound, Hound the Hound?
Cat the Cat's animal friends make many different sounds.
2010

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