One in ten children are now diagnosed as dyslexic so it is imperative teachers find alternative ways to keep them engaged in reading. Fortunately, there are countless resources available, from graphic novels to interactive reading apps. Children with dyslexia can greatly benefit from listening to audiobooks – they can enjoy a good story without the fatigue and frustration of reading, whilst improving their listening skills.
Here are some of the best audiobooks available:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (unabridged audio)
One of the most iconic children’s books.
The RNIB have a library of audiobooks available that children with dyslexia can join and gain access to.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (unabridged read by Alan Bennett, or the new illustrated version by David Roberts)
Another classic childrens’ book bought to life by Kenneth Grahame.
The renowned childrens’ author, Sally Gardner, was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child and recommends following the words on the page as you listen to the story. That way you can look at the wonderful illustrations too!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
Let the voice of Stephen Fry take you on a wizarding adventure with this award-winning audiobook.
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver (unabridged read by Ian McKellan)
If your child likes adventure, introduce them to this tale set 6,000 years ago in the snowy mountains of northern Europe.
How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (unabridged read by David Tennant)
A winning mixture of adventure, slapstick comedy, and friendship read by ex-Doctor Who star, David Tennant.
Picture: Jim Musgrave