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Dyslexic-Friendly Early Readers


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 books in this list were selected according to the following criteria: * Clean, simple, consistent font * Consistent spacing * Clear, simple illustrations * Tinted text background.






Brimner, Larry Dane
JER BRIMN

A girl admits to some mischief, but in the end everything works out.
Gikow, Louise
JER GIKOW

After a visit to the zoo with the children, it is Daddy who needs the nap.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

When Mr. Dill, the fire chief, comes to school to talk about fire safety, something unexpected happens.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

When Bob and the others go out for recess, a friendly dog joins them on the playground.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

During her bath a young girl takes an imaginary ocean voyage to a tropical island.
Jones, Christianne C.
JER JONES

Jamal, who will be in the fifth grade, and his little sister Anisa, who is going into first grade, go shopping for school supplies.
Dougherty, Terri
JER DOUGH

After planting flowers in the yard, Tanya and her dog Rudy both need a bath, but who will get to use the soap first?
Kalz, Jill
JER KALZ

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.
Schaefer, Carole Lexa
JER SCHAE

Four stories about Beeper the alien.
Schaefer, Carole Lexa
JER SCHAE

Beeper the alien has fun with friends, playing music, having a surprise, wearing silly clothes, and riding bumper cars.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

Easy-to-read text describes Lucy's two, very different dogs.
Durant, Alan
JER DURAN

Bird gets tired of the rain and decides to fly south where it is warm.
Borkin, Jeff
JER BORKI

Blue and her friends build a sandcastle at the beach.
Ruane, Johanna
JER RUANE

Rhyming text introduces a variety of boats.
Dougherty, Terri
JER DOUGH

When Beth and Ben go camping in their back yard, a strange thumping noise keeps them awake.
Jones, Christianne C.
JER JONES

Mike is always clumsy and inept when he goes camping with his friends, but one night his problems come in handy.
Alden, Laura
JER ALDEN

Cat meets several "c" words on her adventures in Alphabet Town. Includes alphabet activities.
Minden, Cecilia
JER MINDE

Simple text featuring the sound of the soft "c" describes two friends' trip to the circus.
George, Olivia
JER GEORG

A kitten longs to be like the big cats until it finds something they can all do together.
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

Dalton teaches his dog, Duner, not to dig in mother's garden, in simple text featuring the consonant "d."
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon go exploring and have fun on a family camping trip--Provided by publisher.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon spend a day at the carnival going on rides and playing different games--Provided by publisher.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon go to story time and take out books from the library--Provided by publisher.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon visit the zoo and see animals of all different shapes and sizes--Provided by publisher.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon spend a day participating in activities with the boy's father--Provided by publisher.
Lee, Quinlan B.
JER LEE

"It's time for the Doodlebops! What will happen in the studio today? Read and find out!"--back cover.
Alden, Laura
JER ALDEN

Elfin meets several "e" words on his adventures in alphabet Town.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

Two rascals sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes.
Jones, Christianne C.
JER JONES

Eric sits and watches as others participate in track and field day activities at camp.
Hurwitz, Johanna
JER HURWI

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.
Hurwitz, Johanna
JER HURWI

Ethan feeds birds, squirrels, and ants, chases a cat, and rides bikes with his Dad.
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

In simple text featuring the consonant F, Fatima and Fay find an injured bird, which they take to Dr. Fem.
Jones, Christianne C.
JER JONES

A young fish wants to be able to play tag and other games with his friends, but first he must learn to swim.
Hardy, Lorien Trover
JER HARDY

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.
Knudsen, Michelle
JER KNUDS

Fish swims around, finds a mirror, and plays games with Frog.
Bradman, Tony
JER BRADM

Some fairy magic helps Flora overcome her fear of Rufus the cat when she goes to visit her Grandma and Grandpa.
Dahl, Michael
JER DAHL

When Brandon and his frog friends give a pajama party, they have a frightening encounter with a cat.
O'Ryan, Ellie
JER ORYAN

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.
Reggier, DeMar
JER REGGI

A boy grocery shops for nutritious food with his father, and together they cook dinner for the family.
Hines, Anna Grossnickle
JER HINE

Sam's older brother Mike keeps fooling him, but Sam thinks of a way to turn the tables.
Blaisdell, Molly
JER BLAIS

A story about classmates who try to grow grass for a contest teaches young readers about grasses.
Gillham, W. E. C.
JER GILLH

"Katie likes to dress up."-back cover.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

Mrs. Shay brings to class seven eggs from her hen, and her students take care of them until they hatch.
Hall, Kristen
JER HALL

When Pooky runs out of time to pick enough berries for her Beastie Berry pies, her friends pitch in to help.
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

Holly helps Hank build a snowman, in simple text featuring the "h" sound.
Samton, Sheila White
JER SAMTO

Four brief adventures of Rosa as she imitates animals, goes to the beach, makes a sandwich, and has a birthday cake.
Pearson, Mary
JER PEARS

When a boy goes to the library, he realizes he can pretend to be and to do anything by reading books.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon play a game of hockey in the snow--Provided by publisher.
Battistoni, Ilse
JER BATTI

Simple text and photos describe the sound of the long I.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

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.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon enjoy a spring day by playing outside and exploring all the season has to offer--Provided by publisher.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon celebrate St. Patrick's Day by finding things that are green--Provided by publisher.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

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.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

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.
Jones, Christianne C.
JER JONES

Joey is nervous about his first day of school, but by the second day he is just excited.
Jones, Christianne C.
JER JONES

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.
Ehrlich, Amy
JER EHRLI

Four stories about a young girl whose magic tricks do not always turn out as she had hoped.
Packard, Mary
JER PACKA

A child watches his kite fly high in the sky.
Loewen, Nancy
JER LOEWE

Lady Lulu litters lots. Her leftovers fill the lawn, lane, and lake. Will a litter landslide swallow Lulu and all of Lucky Landing?
Michalak, Jamie
JER MICHA

"Rita keeps blowing bigger and bigger bubbles, until she finally blows away!"--front page.
Donahue, Jill L.
JER DONAH

No matter whether the teacher orders the class by name, favorite animal, or height, Zelda Zena Zipperelli always seems to be the last person.
Gowar, Mick
JER GOWAR

Leo's new pet hamster escapes from its cage before Leo has even decided on a name.
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

Lilly misplaces her lunch while getting ready for school, in simple text featuring the "l" sound.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

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.
Crow, Melinda Melton
JER CROW

Little Blue is too small for some jobs. Find out if he finds the right job for him.
Martin, David
JER MARTI

Four very brief stories about two frogs doing things that frogs enjoy.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

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.
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "m" tells about Marcus receiving something in the mail.
Klein, Adria F.
JER KLEIN

Max likes riding the bus to and from school.
Klein, Adria F.
JER KLEIN

During a visit to the barber, Max gets his hair cut and combed.
Klein, Adria F.
JER KLEIN

Max visits the dentist to have his teeth checked and cleaned.
Klein, Adria F.
JER KLEIN

While on a visit to his grandparents' farm, Max and his friend Don have fun helping with the chores.
French, Vivian
JER FRENC

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.
Martin, David
JER MARTI

Monkey's adventures include making a birthday cake for Mom, losing a tooth, and hiding in the garbage.
Brimner, Larry Dane
JER BRIMN

Simple, rhyming text counts monkeys as they swing into a kitchen, enjoy a wild visit, and swing back out.
Martin, David
JER MARTI

Monkey's troubles include popping balloons, high-flying kites, and puddles.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

Easy-to-read text describes how Grandpa, Mom, and Dad try to cheer Ben up while Grandpa packs up to move.
Bird, Sheila
JER BIRD

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.
George, Olivia
JER GEORG

A little girl designs herself a birthday cake that has all her favorite ingredients, including jelly beans, doughnuts, brownies, lollipops, and more.
Bradman, Tony
JER BRADM

"Come fly a kite with Dad and me and see my dad go up a tree!"--back cover.
Hall, Kristen
JER HALL

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.
Hall, Kristen
JER HALL

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.
Hall, Kristen
JER HALL

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.
Alden, Laura
JER ALDEN

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.
Webster, Christine
JER WEBST

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.
Ginns, Russell
JER GINNS

Lou had a big day and wants to go to sleep. Who's making all that noise over his head?
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

Learn about the sound of the letter P, as Pam and her parents pack a picnic lunch to visit the park and petting zoo.
Martin, David
JER MARTI

Piggy and Dad have fun with drawings, the bathtub, sandwiches, and bedtime.
Martin, David
JER MARTI

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.
Doudna, Kelly
JER DOUDN

New readers learn about the -in sound in this Rebus Reader.
Whitehill, Simcha
JER WHITE

Gary and Ash try to save some Shieldon from being hunted and sold.
Grindley, Sally
JER GRIND

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!
Minden, Cecilia
JER MINDE

Early readers master the sound of QU.
Ring, Susan
JER RING

The Little Einsteins fly to the jungle and discover some very musical dinosaurs.
Friend, Catherine
JER FRIEN

"Ruby jumps all over the farm. Watch out, Kate!"--back cover.
Clarke, Jane
JER CLARK

A honey-loving bear spreads the gooey stuff everywhere, leading to some unwelcome visitors.
Marzollo, Jean
JER MARZO

Shanna dresses up as the animal answer in these easy-to-read riddles.
Clarke, Jane
JER CLARK

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.
Black, Robyn Hood
JER BLACK

Mike is all ready to fight the dragon he thinks he sees, but then is happy to realize it is just his pet dog.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

The perilous adventure of a toy soldier who loves a paper dancing girl culminates in tragedy for both of them.
Clairmont, Patsy
JE CLAIR

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.
Minden, Cecilia
JER MINDE

Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "t" describes how brothers Taejon and Terrel like to play together.
Caple, Kathy
JER CAPLE

Follow Termite's adventures with his friend Ostrich.
Emerson, Carl
JER EMERS

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?
Jones, Christianne C.
JER JONES

Amy and Brad's parents go to the movies, leaving them with a babysitter who knows just what to do to make them happy.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

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.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

Brownie the cow tries very hard to jump over the moon.
Mackinnon, Mairi
JER MACKI

Early reader version of the classic fairy tale.
Balfour, Melissa
JER BALFO

When the new girl next door gives Tim, who is very shy, a mysterious birthday present, the two children become friends.
Samton, Sheila White
JER SAMTO

Rosa enjoys digging a hole, walking in all kinds of weather, catching a fish, running, jumping, spinning, and more.
Gurney, Stella
JER GURNE

The hot dog on Dan's plate surprises him both by talking and by pretending to be a fish, a tree, and a boat.
Hardy, Lorien Trover
JER HARDY

Though they look ordinary during the day, Mac knows that his four snowmen have a special nightime secret.
Cristaldi, Kathryn
JER CRIST

When friends Max and Miles build a snowman together, will bully Brad ruin everything?
Olsen, Leigh
JER OLSEN

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.
Hall, Kristen
JER HALL

When he loses a tooth, a young boy excitedly awaits a visit from the tooth fairy.
George, Olivia
JER GEORG

By observing a tree outside the bedroom window, a child is able tell what the weather is like throughout the year.
Martin, David
JER MARTI

Four brief, simple stories featuring Brother, Sister, and Baby Bear sharing a variety of activities.
Willems, Mo
JER WILLE

Cat the Cat has a slumber party with her animal friends.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

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.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

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.
Hillert, Margaret
JER HILLE

A boy and his pet dragon meet up with their friends and play football--Provided by publisher.
Packard, Mary
JER PACKA

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.
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

Simple text describe the move of Victor and his family to a new house.
Gerver, Jane E.
JER GERVE

No one will wait for a little boy who is always late until he finds a friend who is late too.
Brown, Richard
JER BROWN

"Walking in the jungle, what do I see?"--back cover.
Meier, Joanne D.
JER MEIER

Simple text featuring the sound of the letter "w" describes a child washing a dog.
Gill, Janie Spaht
JER GILL

New readers will enjoy reading the riddles in this predictable word book.
Regier, DeMar
JER REGIE

A child is so excited about her grandfather's upcoming visit that she counts down the hours until he arrives.
Dahl, Michael
JER DAHL

Pamela the rhinoceros is always angry until a strange bird lands on her back and refuses to leave.
Gillham, W. E. C.
JER GILLH

"What do the animals find in the box?"--back cover.
Willems, Mo
JER WILLE

Cat the Cat's animal friends make many different sounds.
Gill, Janie Spaht
JER GILL

Read along as a girl searches for her glasses.
Gillham, W. E. C.
JER GILLH

"Can you guess where Woolly is hiding?"--back cover.
Hall, Kristen
JER HALL

Singing before a musical conductor, animals from chicken to owl reveal their own special sounds.
Blackaby, Susan
JER BLACK

Easy-to-read text lists all of the colorful clothes Kat puts on to get ready for winter snow.
Harrison, Paul
JER HARRI

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.