What about Dyslexic readers?

If your child suffers from dyslexia, chances are, they won’t necessarily be naturally inclined to read. We know that they are no less intelligent than their peers, but due to their learning difficulty, their strengths will manifest themselves in different ways.

At Ransom, we believe that these differences should not mean that those with dyslexia don’t have appropriate content produced for them. It should not mean that they not get the support they require. Because of this, we ensure that our books are printed and written in such a way that they are accessible to those with dyslexia.

Examples of this include:

  • Tinted pages to reduce visual stress, which is more common in people with dyslexia and can make words seem to jump or dance on the page

  • A special font that helps prevent people with dyslexia confusing letter shapes

  • Special spacing to help minimise confusing, blurring and switching

  • Thick paper to make sure words and pictures don’t show through from other pages and confuse the eye

  • And of course all texts should be carefully written and edited to ensure that the texts are accessible and age-appropriate..

As well as these features, our high-low reading titles mean that older readers can have age appropriate content that still adheres to their reading level, whatever that may be. These titles are unpatronising, visually appealing, and tackle topics that are of interest to these older age groups.

If you suspect that your child might be dyslexic, we recommend that you contact your school in the first instance. you should be able to request a dyslexia screening, which is the first step in identifying whether there is a problem.

Ransom's dyslexia-friendly titles

Ransom specialises in supporting struggling readers of all types, and whilst some of our series are not so suitable for dyslexic readers, most of our series were designed with dyslexic readers in mind. In fact we offer some of the best dyslexia-friendly titles available. The following is just a shortlist of suitable titles, with links to find them on the website.

Boffin Boy (18 books)

Comic-format, full-colour stories with speech bubbles. Usually only one picture per page (avoiding the confusion of traditional comics). Speech bubbles throughout, each featuring text on a yellow (not white) background. The font used is suitable for dyslexic readers (definitely not comic-format capitals!). Good borders around speech bubbles, clearly separating text from image. No white space in the books.

Boffin Boy (18 books)

Comic-format, full-colour stories with speech bubbles. Usually only one picture per page (avoiding the confusion of traditional comics). Speech bubbles throughout, each featuring text on a yellow (not white) background. The font used is suitable for dyslexic readers (definitely not comic-format capitals!). Good borders around speech bubbles, clearly separating text from image. No white space in the books.

321 Go (9 books)

Full-colour non-fiction recount-format books, narrated by an individual using speech-bubble format. Usually only one photo per page. Speech bubbles throughout, each featuring text on a yellow (not white) background. Font used is suitable for dyslexic readers (definitely not comic-format capitals!). Good borders around speech bubbles, clearly separating text from image. No white space in the books.

Goal (42 books)

A set of phonics-based readers (fiction & non-fiction), all on football-related topics. Full colour throught, with no white space anywhere. All text is on a solid colour background (red, green, black, etc.) reducing glare. Clear separation between text and image. Dyslexia-friendly font used throughout. Some books include speech bubbles - in which case the text is on a coloured background. Left justified (not fully justified) text, giving regular spacing between letters/words.

Feely (6 books)Pig (18 books)

Two reading series in the ‘Wimpy Kid’ handwritten diary format. Much simpler and shorter than Wimpy Kid, making them suitable for readers who struggle. Despite using ‘handwritten' font, the books include horizontal lines under each line (not unlike a lined notepad), making tracking easier. Left justified (not fully justified) text, giving regular spacing between letters/words. Printed on off-white paper. Illustrated throughout. Oh - and very funny!

Steve Sharp (6 books)

Very simple, low-level texts. b/w illustrations. Text is reversed out so text is white on black pages. This reduces the glare of white paper. Careful choice of font. Very clear separation between images and text. All printed on matt art paper - very high quality, unusual for black and white books. Left justified (not fully justified) text, giving regular spacing between letters/words.

Dark Man (30 books)

Age-appropriate font, very clear, good for dyslexic readers. Printed on off-white paper. Very clear separation between text and image. Left justified (not fully justified) text, giving regular spacing between letters/words.

Promises (10 books) Toxic (10 books) Siti's Sisters (24 books)

Low-level readers ranging from very short, simple texts to slightly longer chapter books. Some books are illustrated. Clear separation between text and image. Left justified (not fully justified) text, giving regular spacing between letters/words.

Shades (76 books)

Longer-form (6,000 word) chapter books. Carefully chosen font (more ‘grown-up, serifed font but with single storey ‘a’ nd ‘g’ letters. Slightly larger than usual font and good line spacing. Left justified (not fully justified) text, giving regular spacing between letters/words. Some of the titles (‘Sharp Shades’) are half the length, with larger margins and line spacing and some illustrations. All printed on off-white paper.

For useful advice for parents you can also visit The British Dyslexia Association .