Dyslexia Awareness and Decodable Books

Posted On Friday October 01, 2021

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month in Canada. The Halton Hills Public Library (HHPL) is excited to offer a new collection of decodable books, that can help children with dyslexia (or any struggling reader) develop their reading skills!

Learning to read isn’t always that simple. Many children require an approach to reading that allows them to learn in stages. As they learn to read, decodable books become an important part of the learning process, allowing children to develop into stronger readers. These books contain words made of letter-sounds, spelling and patterns (e.g., prefixes and suffixes) that a student has been explicitly taught, in order to make the text more readable.

Using decodable text in the early stages of literacy instruction ensures that a student has the skills to read without guessing. Decodable books provide practice using the knowledge of letter-sounds. Plus, reading decodable text helps students build and gain confidence as they become proficient with word-level reading, eventually allowing them to read anything!

An estimated 5 - 20% of the population has some form of dyslexia, which is a neurologically based condition affecting word-level reading accuracy, flow, and spelling. While it is very common and very well understood by researchers, most people don’t know the warning signs and dyslexia can often go unrecognized for years.

To view and borrow books from the new decodable collection for children, please visit HHPL’s catalogue.

In the pursuit of life-long learning and literacy, your local library is here to help! These new children’s resources compliment our literacy collection for adults and teens. Stop by your local library today and ask us about any of these collections!