Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever
A Series by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

"Hank Zipzer is the kid next door. Humor, magic, a school bully, a pet dachshund named Cheerio, and a pet iguana that slurps soup at dinner add up to a fun novel with something for everyone."
-Library School Journal

Henry Winkler's real-life experiences as a young "underachiever" inspire these humorous and exciting the stories in the Hank Zipzer series. These books will engage even the most reluctant reader in a fun romp through the days of Hank Zipzer, who always mangages to keep things lively and, in the end, helps deliver a message of understanding for all kids, especially for those who share Hank's learning differences.

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"The Fonz Makes Dyslexia Cool" A video on BBC News.
"Henry Winkler, who played the Fonz in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has been in Hampshire talking to schoolchildren about his struggle with dyslexia." -BBC

    Trapped. A Novel by Judy Spurr

    "A short, empathetic novel for middle-schoolers
    that addresses learning disabilities and bullying...nicely executed fiction with a neatly-resolved ending that will leave readers smiling." -Kirkus Reviews

    School is difficult for Jamie--dyslexia not only makes coursework a challenge, but he is often bullied at school. Spurr, a former reading teacher enters the real-life day to day struggles of kids with dyslexia and shows how friendships and perserverence can change a life. The book is written appropriatly for young people, but parents will learn something, too of both the academic and social challenges kids face. The book offers lots of food for thoughtful discussion between parents and kids or kids in a classroom or book club setting.

    Author by Helen Lester

    "Lester's lighthearted book at how she came to write children's books will give aspiring authors of any age a lift and encouragement to persevere."
    -Publishers Weekly

    An inspirational true story of a girl, Helen Lester, who has trouble writing even something as simple as a grocery list and ends up becoming a teacher and then a celebrated children’s book author.

    Tacky the Penguin
    by Helen Lester & illustrated by Lynn M. Musinger

     "This book is must reading for any kid--or grown-up--who refuses to follow the pack." -Publisher's Weekly

    This delightful tale of an odd penguin who doesn’t fit in with the perfect penguins in his colony is well suited to budding out of the box thinkers who often do things differently from their peers. Stories give children a way to think positively about themselves and Tacky is a hero for children who struggle with differences.

    What is Dyslexia?: A Book Explaining Dyslexia for Kids and Adults to Use Together
    by Alan M. Hultquist, illustrated by Lydia Corrow

    "...a must read for parents and children
    struggling with dyslexia."

    Children with dyslexia can be left "out of the loop" when it coems to discussions about the reasons for their struggles at school. What is Dyslexia? is designed to help adults explain dyslexia to children aged 8-11. Hultquist offers clear examples and explanations, interactive activities for parents (or other adults) and children to do together, and highlights of the courage and strengths of people with dyslexia.

    It’s Called Dyslexia by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
    & illustrated by Nuria Roca

    Whoever said that learning to read and write is easy? The little girl in this story is unhappy and she no longer enjoys school. When learning to read and write, she tries to remember which way the letters go but she often gets them all mixed up. After she discovers that dyslexia is the reason for her trouble, she begins to understand that with extra practice and help from others, she will begin to read and write correctly. At the same time, she also discovers a hidden talent she never knew existed!

    Thank You Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco

    " inspiring picture book...the author clearly shows the ways that children internalize critical comments made by others and suffer for their differences." -School Library Journal

    "This story is truly autobiographical. It is about my own struggle with not being able to read. This story honors the teacher that took the time to see a child that was drowning and needed help...Mr. Falker, my hero, my teacher, not only stopped this boy from teasing me, but he also noticed that I wasn't reading well and got a reading specialist to help." -Patricia Polacco

    The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb and Gail Piazza

    "Adam's experience will inspire and encourage
    many youngsters who find themselves in similar predicaments. Equally important, the book sounds
    an alarm for educators and parents." -Booklist

    "When Adam was little, he loved to sink into his mother's warm lap and listen to her read." Yet, reading becomes a frustrating, daily battle once Adam starts school. Finally, in third grade, Adam learns that he has dyslexia...and begins a journey back to enjoying reading.

    My Name Is Brain by Jeanne Betancourt

    "Children with learning problems
    will relate well to this book."
    - School Library Journal

    It's a new school year and Brian is hoping to have a much better academic year. He's still joking with his friends, and makes them laugh especially hard when he writes his name on the board as "Brain." But this is no joke, as his new no-nonsense teacher spots Brian's previously undiagnosed dyslexia. With tutoring and the help of his teacher Brian starts to see his potential and himself in a whole new light.

    Two-Minute Drill: Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids
    by Mike Lupica

    Teaming up brings new opportunities for the
    class brain and the class jock.

    Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade—the golden-armed quarterback of the football team, and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves daily. These two boys may seem like an odd couple, but team up when Scott figures out how to help Chris with is reading problem, while Chris helps him with his football and both boys end up winners.

Copyright 2008, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity • Yale School of Medicine