Breaking down barriers to books and reading

Bookwitch has a great report on a talk by maori Kidd at the publishers Barrington Stoke, who are experts in producing books that help children with dyslexia enjoy reading. Even basics like proper line spacing can make a difference, as well as choice of language and sentence length. There’s some food for thought for our designers here.

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You can’t help but feel dreadfully inspired by talks on how to help more people to read! In this case it was dyslexia and – primarily – Barrington Stoke who told a packed theatre on Tuesday about what goes wrong and what can be done to make reading better. I know it’s stupid, but you sort of come away from an event like that wishing you were dyslexic.

I’m not and I’m very grateful that I’m not, but it’s the sheer inspiration you get and the feeling of hope that you can make reading easier.

Mairi Kidd from Barrington Stoke talked about how you read. There are two ways; recognising the whole word, and working your way through a word letter by letter. It’s important the letters don’t look too similar, so they go out of their way to make b and p and q look different from each other in…

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