Got a Struggling Reader?

by Karen Walch | Dec 25, 2021

Having a child who is behind in reading is heartbreaking and frustrating. You're not alone!! I have one too, and I'm a librarian. Here are some resources I have found helpful on our quest to readership.

McGuffey's Eclectic Readers
by William Holmes McGuffey

These old school reading lessons (yes from 1879) have been a game changer. As my reader and I have gone through these, things have begun to click. Comprehension has improved, accuracy has improved, and she actually looks forward to reading...happy tears!!

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You're Smarter than You Think
by Thomas Armstrong

Confidence was a big problem with my child. I love this book because it discusses how people are smart in different ways, and we all have multiple abilities or smarts. It was a real boost for self esteem.

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Overcoming Dyslexia
by Sally Shaywitz

This enlightening book increased my understanding of why my child struggles. Mine actually is Dyslexic, but it would be helpful for anyone looking for information about the why and how to help struggling readers progress.

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Teach Anyone to Read
by Lillie Pope

This is written for educators, but parents are important teachers too. There are lots of great reading games to play, as well as information on why kids struggle with learning to read.

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Dyslexia Empowerment Plan
by Ben Ross

While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. There is an assessment that will help you understand your child's strengths and weaknesses. It also teaches you how to help your child help themselves.

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