Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 12.09.22 PM‘Hi-Low’ books are books of high interest and low readability / vocabulary that often can help hook dyslexic students and other reluctant readers on reading.

hi-lo-books-dyslexia-readersThis Reading Mama has a great list that include such great titles as the Minecraft Handbook, Magic Treehouse books (fiction and non-fiction), National Geographic Kids magazines or special publishers like Barrington Stoke in the UK (the also publish some titles in the US through Amazon, like the Chris Bradford Ninja series) or High Noon Chapter books.  High Noon’s Sound Out series use one syllable words with either just short vowels or short and long vowels. Books with strong pictures like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or illustrated books with a mysteries like the Geronimo Stilton books or Encyclopedia Brown can also be big hits.

Readability is usually determined by different formulae that involve sentence length, syllable count, and word difficulty. For more suggestions, check out the handout below!