Books for Dyslexic and Reluctant Readers

Dyslexic and reluctant readers can enjoy a good story as much as anybody else. In fact, top authors can be dyslexic too – including John Irving and Lynda la Plante, and children’s authors Sally Gardner and Tom McLaughlin.

Dyslexia comes in all shapes and sizes, and there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’, but Libraries have lots to offer:

Audiobooks to download

Everybody can enjoy audiobooks – and we’ve got 1,000’s to choose from, for children, adults and teens. You can borrow up to 4 audiobooks at a time, to listen to on your tablet, smartphone, computer or mp3 player. Click here to download audiobooks

Audiobooks on CD

Prefer to borrow on CD?

Browse Audio CDs for adults

Browse Audio CDs for young adults

Browse Audio CDs for children

(On the catalogue, use ‘Place Hold’ to reserve the item and have it delivered to your local library) 

Graphic Novels for children and young adults

These are a highly popular genre in their own right, but good for dyslexic and reluctant readers because much of the story is carried by the graphics. Graphic Novels aren’t written with dyslexia in mind, so sometimes the page can be quite ‘crowded’, and not all of them have ‘user-friendly’ fonts – but Graphic Novels have universal appeal and are definitely worth a try.

(On the catalogue, use ‘Place Hold’ to reserve the item and have it delivered to your local library)

Browse Graphic Novels for children (you might also try the Asterix the Gaul series

Browse Graphic Novels for Young Adults

Barrington Stoke books : Design for Dyslexia, Fiction for all!

Barrington Stoke books are designed to break down the barriers to reading, from dyslexia and visual stress to simple reluctance. Barrington Stoke books don’t patronise and they’re by the best authors in the business.

  • Specially edited for an easier, age-appropriate read
  • Best authors in the business
  • Lots of chapter breaks so readers can take a rest
  • Cream background reduces visual stress
  • Dyslexia-friendly font and layout
  • Short length is less daunting

You can find Barrington Stoke books on the catalogue - use ‘Place Hold’ to request or reserve a book 

Browse books for Young Adults: English

Browse books for Young Adults: Welsh

Browse books for Children: English

Browse books for Children: Welsh


Our ebook service is really popular - you can change font, size, and contrast to make the text easier to read. Click here to download eBooks to your tablet, smartphone or eReader (including Kindle Fire tablets, but not Kindle eReader, sorry).

Quick Reads for Adults

Nowadays, dyslexia is widely recognised, but in the past, school could be much tougher for dyslexics. For Adults starting out again on their reading journey, we have a range of Quick Reads to get you started. These are heavily abridged versions of popular titles:

Browse Quick Reads on the catalogue - use ‘Place Hold’ to request or reserve a book.