Dyslexia Friendly Titles from Barrington Stoke this Spring

A huge warm welcome back to my blog to Barrington Stoke who have supported my efforts to feature top quality children’s fiction for a while now by supplying me with new their releases I request from them. For those new to school libraries, children’s literature, and a world that involves looking for titles printed in a way that makes them accessible to children with dyslexia, whether primary or secondary school, then Barrington Stoke are the go to publishers.

In this blog post we will look at the following selection of titles –

  • Magicat by Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift
  • Anna Gain by Guy Bass
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Clever Cakes by Michael Rosen
  • Captain Whiskers by Jeremy Strong
  • Sequin and Stitch
  • After the War

A snapshot of the releases coming out over the next few months from these publishers that reflect them as a whole with the wide variety of content appealing to a wide range of readers, from those first setting out into the world of chapter books to those suited to far more confident readers, and the same aspects but in respect of interests too. Barrington Stoke’s mantra is “Every child can be a reader” and that is evident through the wide ranging appeal their entire publication catalogue offers, they really are true to their word.

Popular children’s authors write titles for Barrington Stoke such as Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Lisa Thompson, Tom Palmer, Alex Bell – the list could go on and on, and this familiarness offered in having heard of the author writing the book being recommended to them reassures children that they are also reading current, popular, interesting content that their friends would approve of – which is extremely important once these readers hit KS2, and look to have books similar in style and theme as those of their classmates and friends.

February Releases

Magicat by Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift

  • Illustrated by Richard Watson. Published on 15th February 2020

This is an adorable story that children will love reading, telling the story of a cat that appears one halloween whilst friends Jessie and Ali are out trick or treating. Magicat has fallen off his Witch’s broomstick and needs help staying safe until his Witch owner Wenna can safely come back for him. With mischievous behaviour and hilarious consequences this is such a fun, feel good book.

Anna Gain and the same Sixty Seconds by Guy Bass

  • Illustrated by Steve May. Published on 15th February 2020

This fantastic book from award winning author Guy Bass is incredibly funny to read, and a brilliant take on the classic ‘groundhog day’ with Anna reliving the same sixty seconds over and over again. For someone that is usually so punctual it is quite the shock to Anna to miss the bus and consequently have to face this dilemma. Children of all ages will enjoy the humour and fun within this book, wanting to share it with siblings and friends alike.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

  • Published on 15th February 2020.

This version of the all time classic book brings the story to a wider audience being a super readable edition. It takes what is probably the most well known Muriel Spark story about a teacher in a 1930s school based in Scotland and how she influences and includes her students in her chaos and misdemeanors. Being unconventional in her behaviour makes this an interesting read and will definitely attract and maintain the attention of the teens who will enjoy the fun content in what could essentially take place today.

Clever Cakes by Michael Rosen. Illustrations by Ashley King

  • Publishing on 15th March 2020.

This fantastic book from Michael Rosen is ideal reading material for younger readers who enjoy humour and silly in amongst the adventures they read. These are fairy tales with a twist as the children in this book outsmart a large, hungry bear and an arrogant king. It is a brilliant step up from picture books to these early chapter books for children – diagnosed dyslexic or not, and this book makes a great opportunity to introduce children to traditional tales if they haven’t heard them prior (which sadly seems to be the case more and more nowadays), and if they are familiar with the classic tale then this book would enable conversation about differences, preferences, and so on.

Captain Whiskers by Jeremy Strong. Illustrated by Matt Robertson

  • Publishing on 15th March 2020

Jeremy Strong has once again written an amazing title for the Barrington Stoke catalogue with Captain Whiskers, a story about a boy that longs to have a pet of his own like his friends, and then meets someone that just might make that possible, and prove that good things come to those who wait, sometimes in more ways than one! True to form with the humour that Jeremy Strong is notorious for, this is a story that involves plenty to make the reader smile and laugh out loud about, and will be enjoyed by animal lovers as well as those that enjoy a little silly within their reading books.

Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill

  • Publishing on 15th April 2020

An adorable and heartwarming story about a girl called Sequin and her baby brother Stitch, who she takes care of while her mother is busy as a seamstress. The children have apt names given their mothers affinity to the world of fashion, fabrics, and haberdashery. The theme of this book is one of family, the bonds and relationships within a close one, and the devastating effect a loss within the family causes. Beautifully lyrical, this book will appeal to anyone that knows the importance of family, and enjoys reading stories that have a genuine feel to the emotions involved and the characters lives too.

After the War by Tom Palmer

  • Publishing 7th May 2020.

From an early sampler that I was lucky to be sent it is evident that Tom Palmer has once again really given his all while researching the content for this upcoming release that teaches the reader about the children that survived the Nazi concentration camps and the Holocaust and came to reside in the Lake District. This is the story of three boys who become friends through the experiences they have in common, their homesickness and the loss they all feel as a consequence of the war. As ever this story is written in a way that enables the reader to connect to the characters and the journey that they have been on, all of which is portrayed in a way that is honourable to the history that Tom has researched thoroughly to ensure this story reflects the story of those that lived through it back in 1945. – More of a review will follow once a full copy of this book is available.

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