Across the globe 260 million children are growing up without access to books. “Library for All” is attempting to change that by making thousands of books available for students to download on mobile phones, e-readers or low-cost tablets that their schools have purchased. http://mashable.com/2013/06/21/library-for-all-kickstarter/
Review of the new Reading Rainbow app featuring interactive books and field trips (videos) with Levar Burton.
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.
Scholastic is entering the e-book fray with Storia and 1,000 children’s stories.
(Article from Engadget)
Between Google Books, iBooks, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Sony… you’d figure the e-book field was crowded enough, right? Well, if you’re specifically in the market for children’s stories, things might look a little less packed. We guess that’s why Scholastic is attempting to enter the fray with Storia, an e-reading app and store designed for kids. As part of a massive digitization effort, the company has launched Storia in beta for Windows and the iPad, alongside a market of over 1,000 titles. By the time it officially launches in the fall Scholastic hopes to have a fully stocked digital library of over 2,000 books loaded with interactive features. You can download the beta now with five free e-books by clicking here.
This teacher with a dyslexic son discovered a method to create a love of reading in struggling readers. “My son hadn’t finished many books on his own before. With so much pressure to have the appropriate title in his hand during quiet reading time at school, he had been wasting a lot of time faking it with the wrong books. He rarely got to the end of many stories. How does one ever develop a passion for reading if one never finishes a story? I wouldn’t love reading either if I was always reading books that I could never finish. I decided to try an experiment. It worked.”
The solution? Allow students to read simple, short, fun, interesting books and articles, including picture books and articles written by comedians. Discuss and critique the reading material and have fun with it. Then slowly increase the difficulty at the student’s own pace.
A review of four books that discuss dyslexia:
1. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. ”Dyslexia is our best, most vivid evidence that the brain was never wired to read,” writes the author, Maryanne Wolf.
2. In the Mind’s Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics, and the Rise of Visual Technologies. Author Thomas G. West argues “the greater the disability, the greater the talent”.
3. The Human Side of Dyslexia: 142 Interviews with Real People Telling Real Stories by Shirley Kurnoff.
4. My Dyslexia. Author Philip Schultz describes the feeling he had when, at the age of 15, he finally felt the joy of reading.
To read the full reviews, go to:
When someone with dyslexia finishes reading their first novel, it’s as if they have grown wings and can fly.
Book Of Life
by David Kracov
Forgotten Letters: An Anthology of Literature by Dyslexic Writers contains poems and works by authors with dyslexia.
To dyslexics, sometimes it seems like the letters are running away, just so you can’t read them.
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