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New Dyslexia-Friendly Children's Books Now Available at MCPL!

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November 16, 2022

Recently, the Marathon County Public Library added a few new books to its children's collection that may look a little different to the average reader. These books use the Open Dyslexic typeface, which was specially-developed for dyslexic readers! In Open Dyslexic typeface, letters are bottom-heavy to indicate direction. In addition, letters and words are spaced differently than most typical fonts and the text is printed on paper that reduces glare.

These books can be found under the call number 371.9144 in children’s non-fiction at MCPL. Although the books are fiction, they are shelved in non-fiction, much like the collections in Braille (411) and folklore and fairy tales (398). You can also request a book using the online catalog. To search for these books, follow the steps below. Classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz have multiple editions. Look for the OpenDyslexic edition under “Show Editions.” You can also click here to see a full list. 


1. Select "Advanced Search" from the first dropdown menu, then click the blue "Search" button.

2. Type 371.9144 in the search box and select "Call Number" from the dropdown menu, then click the blue "Find" button.

 

3. Select "Juvenile" from the "Audience" tab on the left.


You can also view a list of some of the dyslexia-friendly books below. For more information, visit the children's desk at MCPL Wausau or call 715-261-7220.
 


Book Cover: AWESOME ANIMALS SERIES

"AWESOME ANIMALS SERIES " by KELLY TILLS

Half fact and half fun, each book features one animal, one fun fact, one new word, and a bunch of silly scenarios. There are six titles available in this series: Geckos Don't Blink!, Chicks Don't Eat Candy!, Pigs Never Sweat!, Turtles Have Secret Ears!, Cows Have No Top Teeth! and Snakes Have No Legs!

Book Cover: BEN & EMMA’S BIG HIT

"BEN & EMMA’S BIG HIT " by GAVIN NEWSOM

Ben loves baseball. He loves the lines of diamond-shaped field and the dome of the pitcher's mound. What Ben doesn't like is reading. Ben has dyslexia, which means letters and sounds get jumbled up in his brain, and then the words don't make sense. But when Ben starts looking at reading like he looks at baseball, he realizes that if he keeps trying, he can overcome any obstacle that comes his way.

Book Cover: D.A.R.E. DETECTIVES: THE MYSTERY ON LOVETT LANE

"D.A.R.E. DETECTIVES: THE MYSTERY ON LOVETT LANE" by ROBIN GILLINGHAM

There are strange noises and smells. There are crazy nights when people are scattering around the yard of an old, blue run-down house. There is also a great group of friends who form a strong bond with a girl down the street. Join Ed, Rita, Don, Anna, and Mary to help work on the case!

Book Cover: JURASSIC ADVENTURE

"JURASSIC ADVENTURE " by MELISSA EVANS

Jurassic Adventure is a short story about an important, yet dangerous journey of a group of dinosaurs with some emotional scenes about friendship. It is an educational story that teaches children that they can always find friends, no matter what. We also have another book in the series, Jurassic Sky, which takes kids into a world where they meet two flying pterosaurs who are eager to overcome their struggles. This story will teach kids with dyslexia that they are capable of doing things that they might think they will never be able to do.

Book Cover: THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT

"THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT " by BEATRIX POTTER

Beatrix Potter's beloved tale of the mischievous little rabbit who hops into trouble in Mr. MacGregor's vegetable garden is a childhood classic.

Book Cover: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

"THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ" by L. FRANK BAUM

Dorothy lives with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and Toto on a farm in the Kansas prairie. One day, Dorothy and Toto are caught up in a cyclone that deposits her farmhouse into Munchkin Country in the magical Land of Oz. The falling house has killed the Wicked Witch of the East, the evil ruler of the Munchkins. The Good Witch of the North arrives with three grateful Munchkins and gives Dorothy the magical Silver Shoes that once belonged to the Wicked Witch. The Good Witch tells Dorothy that the only way she can return home is to go to the Emerald City and ask the great and powerful Wizard of Oz to help her.


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