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Books for Kids

Enjoying reading

Reading, ugh! It takes so long to get through every page! Why do your teachers and parents insist that you spend your precious time with your nose in a book? Well, reading is the key to all knowledge. Almost anything you want to learn can be found in a book, magazine, web site, or newspaper. There are signs everywhere that tell you where you are and where to go. Computer games require you to read to solve the next puzzle – the list is endless. If reading is a challenge for you, the following books may help you to understand why it is so important and how other kids manage to overcome their problems.

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How Dyslexic Benny Became a Star
How Dyslexic Benny Became a Star
By: Joe Griffith
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A touching account of one youngster’s struggle in learning to read and the painful journey that he took to gain self-confidence, self-respect, and tremendous success as a human being, as a student, and as an athlete. Benny’s story stands as a tribute to the human spirit and should serve as an excellent resource for students with dyslexia, their parents and their teachers.

How Many Days Until Tomorrow?
How Many Days Until Tomorrow?
By: Caroline Janover
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Spending a month on a remote island in Maine with his teasing older brother and grandparents he hardly knows is not Josh's idea of a great time. But that's what happens the summer his parents go abroad. Twelve-year-old Josh, who has dyslexia, can't do anything right in his grandfather's eyes, and is constantly compared to his perfect bookish brother, Simon. So Josh secretly plans to run away back to New Jersey. However, despite gruff Gramps, Josh finds himself captivated by life on Sea Island and all of the challenges it offers him. Plus, Josh discovers unexpected romance and kinship with a young visitor. His biggest challenge, though, comes at the end of the summer when he faces a life-threatening emergency and uses skills he didn't know he had to lead the rescue.

Jen's Best Gift Ever
Jen's Best Gift Ever
By: Laura Appleton-Smith
Illustrated by: Keinyo White
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Independent Reader

It's Jen's seventh birthday and Jen's parents and her sister Emma have chosen a very special gift for her — a gift that will prove to be Jen's best gift ever! What is it? And how do you think she'll get it out from under the bed?

Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia
Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia
By: Caroline Janover
Illustrated by: Edward Epstein
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Josh was living a great life—he knew how to get around who his friends were. In the middle of the school year, though, his family turns that all upside-down by moving to a new neighborhood. Suddenly he has to deal with new kids, a new school, and a nasty bully who makes fun of the way Josh learns. But when the bully needs help, it's Josh who can save the day.

My Year With Harry Potter: How I Discovered My Own Magical World
My Year With Harry Potter: How I Discovered My Own Magical World
By: Ben Buchanan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

"I'm normal because I am a normal kid — going to school, being happy, getting homework, having a family. I'm not normal because I'm dyslexic..." Thus begins the autobiography of an eleven-year-old boy who created a board game based on the popular Harry Potter series.

Niagara Falls or Does It? (Hank Zipzer)
Niagara Falls or Does It? (Hank Zipzer)
By: Henry Winkler
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

On the first day of fourth grade, Hank's teacher assigns a five-paragraph essay, "What I did on my summer vacation," and he knows he's in trouble. It has always been difficult for him to read, write, and spell so he decides to "build" his assignment instead — to "bring Niagara Falls into the classroom, water and all."

Shark in the Park
Shark in the Park
By: Phil Roxbee Cox
Illustrated by: Stephen Cartwright
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Created in consultation with a language expert, this book is part of an engaging new phonics-based series, especially written to help your child learn to read. Not only is the story great fun, it also takes into account recent research on the most effective ways of teaching reading. Stephen Cartwright’s delightful illustrations complement the text and are designed to stimulate further interest.

Thank You, Mr. Falker
Thank You, Mr. Falker
By: Patricia Polacco
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Learning how to read isn’t easy for Trisha. But with the help and support of a wise new teacher, she begins to blossom.

The Night I Flunked My Field Trip (Hank Zipzer)
The Night I Flunked My Field Trip (Hank Zipzer)
By: Henry Winkler
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The best field trip of the year is becoming the worst night of Hank's life—how's he going to get out of this one?

The Safe Place
The Safe Place
By: Tehila Peterseil
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Kinneret feels terrible-she can't concentrate in class, she's having nightmares, and her teachers think she is lazy. She fantasizes that a big, white bird will come and carry her away from all of her troubles. Fifth-grade brings someone else to help her, though - a new special education teacher who recognizes that Kinneret is neither lazy nor irresponsible.

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