Great Books for Dyslexic Children Part 1: Author Kevin Henkes

April 17, 2012 by Geoff Nixon

Are you seeking help for dyslexic children? Whether you’re a dedicated teacher or a concerned parent, you can encourage struggling readers to dive into quality books—and Gemm Learning can help you find books that are both engaging and instructional.

This post kicks off Gemm Learning’s new blog series titled “Great Books for Dyslexic Children.” The first author we’d like to share with you is Kevin Henkes, who has written over 30 children’s books as well as some young adult fiction.

Henkes stands out because of his multiple talents—he writes and illustrates children’s books. You might be familiar with Henkes’ characters, many of whom are cute mice with names such as “Owen” and “Lily.”

Besides getting immersed in Henkes’ illustrations, young readers in grades 1-3 can also learn new vocabulary words from Henkes’ books, making them great supplements to dyslexia programs. The universal appeal of Henkes’ books also makes them a good choice for readers who have ADD, auditory processing disorders, and other reading difficulties.

When children enroll in Gemm Learning’s dyslexia programs, we like to recommend books that are appropriate for their reading levels. Some of the books by Kevin Henkes that Gemm Learning recommends include:

Kitten’s First Full Moon (2005)

  • Reading Level 1.9
  • Winner of the Caldecott Medal for Illustration

Owen (1993)

  • Reading Level 2.4
  • Winner of the Caldecott Medal

Julius, the Baby of the World (1990)

  • Reading Level 3
  • Winner of the ALA Notable Children’s Books in 1990

Want to learn more about Kevin Henkes? Visit his website, which offers downloadable activities as well as information on his books.

Gemm Learning offers reading programs for K-12 children. If you think your child needs help, contact us today for a free demo of our innovative dyslexia program.