An illustrated children's story whose character discovers she is dyslexic
This illustrated children's story explains what it feels like to be a child who finds it difficult to read. When Azzie, the main character, discovers she has Dyslexia, life begins to get easier for her and everyone around her. This book can be used to gently discuss Dyslexia and related learning difficulties with children.
Published Jan 2017
Colour illustrations on every page
Aimed at 6-8 year olds
Years 2 to 3 in Key Stage 2 in the UK
Grades 1 to 2 in the US
Azzie doesn't really like school. If she could spend every day drawing, painting and making stuff, things would be great. But she can't. The teachers make her do other stuff. This nearly always means she has to read from the board, a worksheet or a text book. The trouble is, she really really struggles to read letters, words and numbers. This makes her feel stupid. But she knows she isn't. If only she could tell someone ...
This book has been written from the point of view of a child who feels misunderstood. She finds it very difficult to read, which makes school life a struggle. She feels stupid, even though she is clever and creative. She gets told off for messing around, when the truth is she can't do what is asked of her because she has a specific learning difficulty.
This illustrated book helps parents, teachers, and other adults who support children, have a non-threatening discussion about dyslexia with children of primary school age. Children find it easier to relate to, and discuss, the character in the story rather than have all the attention focused on them.
Using the book as a catalyst for discussion, adults can use the illustrated story at home or in school with children who have dyslexia, or exhibit dyslexic tendencies. Teachers can use the book to help classmates better understand their peers who may struggle reading. Similarly, parents can use the book to help children better understand family members.
This book was written and illustrated by someone who is herself dyslexic, and is based on her own life. She wanted to do something to help children who, years later, are still facing the same lack of understanding in school.
As with all of its books, the publisher - Your Stories Matter – aims to help people know they are not alone with what makes them different. If a young person or adult can relate to a story, it gives them hope and encourages them to share their concerns. The publisher aims to provide free teaching resources for all of its books that can be used in schools, to help improve understanding and celebrate differences.
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