Autumn weather has settled in here — the trees are red and orange and the sky is grey. Suddenly, I feel like cuddling up with a book and a coffee and reading. First on my reading list is:
- The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and Its Amazing People by Kate Power and Kathy Iwanczak Forsyth (JKP, 2018)
Kate and Kathy live in England, work in the creative design industries and have children with dyslexia. I don’t know if they are dyslexic, but I’d like to nominate them as honourary members of the club.
For starters, it’s hard not to love a book that in its very title calls you and your tribe amazing.
Yes, Kate and Kathy. Flattery will get you everywhere.
I absolutely adore this book, and here’s why:
- Accurately and clearly shows how dyslexia can affect your every day life (some of these things may come as a surprise to non-dyslexics!).
- It’s beautiful and well written. Heavy on the images, light on the words — so very easy to read and absorb the information presented here.
- Fun and factual.
- Excellent catalogue of both dyslexic weaknesses and strengths, along with helpful tips to make the best of your dyslexic brain.
- Perfect gift for parent, child, adult, teacher, doctor, you name it.
The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia is truly unique. It makes me hopeful that dyslexia is finally coming out of the closet and that acceptance and support will soon follow.
I think every doctor’s office, every library and every classroom should have a copy of this book.
I think the only thing missing, for my eyes anyway, is mention of the need for early identification and structured literacy reading intervention for dyslexic children.
And a challenge to Canadian publishers. We need books like this for Canadian readers. I know a writer…if you need one! 😉
This dynamic duo is working on a new book! Watch the Amazing Dyslexic twitter feed for updates.
I use the term “tribe” when talking about dyslexics as a group. But The Dyslexic Professor, Nigel Locket, has very cleverly suggested other terms for a collective group of dyslexia activists – such as “flock” or “gaggle”.