I just found out that Lorimer (which publishes my middle-grade novels) has a line of “dyslexia-friendly” books. I’ve just read their The Secret Games of Maximus Todd, Hyper to the Max, and it was terrific.
I was fascinated by the pains they’ve taken to make the series easier to read for kids with dyslexia. Here’s how Lorimer formats their dyslexia-friendly books:
They use a font called OpenDyslexic, which was created specifically for dyslexic readers. The bottoms of letters are weighted, to help prevent letters from flipping around.
You can download it for free (and/or donate) at https://www.opendyslexic.org/
Here’s a sample of OpenDyslexic:
Lorimer also says they:
- use cream-coloured paper that’s matte rather than glossy, to reduce glare
- keep the text all left-justified (and ragged-right)
- don’t hyphenate words (unless required for grammar)
- use heavier paper to prevent the words on the other side of the page from showing through
- put lots of space between lines and paragraphs
- use wide margins and headers to break up the text
I enjoyed Maximus Todd — there’s a whole series featuring this super-likable character and the things he does to try to cope with his ADHD.
Check out Maximus Todd’s website here: http://www.formac.ca/maxtodd/