It can hard enough to find books for children who have difficulty reading, but finding books that are suitable for teenagers can be even more of a challenge. Many dyslexic teenagers do want to read but struggle to find books that match their maturity levels and interests. This can be incredibly frustrating.
Some teenagers don’t think reading is fashionable, others are disinterested because they find reading harder than their peers or they have had bad early experiences. There are also simply more demands on teenagers’ time and a wider range of ways for them to spend it. Teenagers still need to be able to read exam questions and school text books or they lose access to most of the curriculum. One of the best ways to get better at reading is to read. Reading can also bring a huge amount of pleasure, exercise the imagination, and introduce new ideas.
Graphic novels, comics, magazines, and manga are an especially good option for dyslexic teenagers. It is easy to find content aimed at them, the pictures and shorter sections of text make understanding the writing easier, they can finish reading in shorter periods of time, and they are less likely feel overwhelmed or put off from starting by the number of pages.
Some books have comic series or films based on them, this can happen in reverse, too. This means that after a dyslexic teenager is interested in a story world through a film or TV show they can read the comics and eventually move into reading novels featuring things they already like. Similar novels can be recommended when they finish and gradually they can be supported into to reading a wider range of books.
Barrington Stoke publish books for teenagers with a lower reading age and some teenagers find these helpful. Audiobooks and book related podcasts are also a popular option. Classic books and plays used in schools can often be found as audiobooks. It is important to try and get the same unabridged audiobook version as the physical copy taught in school, but these can be used with the physical copies to aid learning. Audiobooks also encourage reading and help improve vocabulary.
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