I have created a book list for beginning readers who have dyslexia or are otherwise struggling: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/children/dyslexic-friendly.html.
I read through approximately 10,000 books at the Allen County Public Library and evaluated their formats and fonts. Sadly, there is no indication of font type in a book’s description. The only way to determine whether a book is dyslexia-friendly is to examine every page of the book.
I was searching for books with fonts that are clean, neat and consistent (not stylized or “artistic”), and formats that were not too cluttered. I was also searching for books that had pastel tint behind the letters since the glare of black letters on a white background often affects dyslexics.
It is surprising that most of the early readers use confusing fonts and very cluttered layouts. For example, many of the books use fonts that have the lowercase “g” that looks like a figure 8, even though this is not the style of “g” that is taught in school. The inconsistencies and clutter add confusion to the already difficult task of learning to read, particularly for those with learning differences.
Of the 10,000 books, I only found about 150 books with formats and fonts that met my criteria. The list is posted on the Allen County Library website and is being sent by Allen County to libraries nationwide.
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