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Dyslexia friendly resources at your library
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Here are some of the Dyslexia friendly resources we have at Hastings District Libraries.

  • Barrington Stoke - Junior quick reads
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  • Adult General Fiction & Non-Fiction with specially coloured pages and sans serif font
  • There is a specific collection for english as a second language that is very suitable for readers with difficulties. These are referred to as Low vocab-High interest titles or ESOL resources

If you are doing a general search for dyslexic resources it pays to use the correct subject headings. For example:

  • Dyslexic
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia friendly
  • Barrington Stoke (general search terms)
  • Dyslexia friendly books, Dyslexic edition
  • High interest-low vocabulary books (subject headings)

If you need help our trained staff can assist your search.

We also have a book lists of Dyslexic friendly titles and guides in the library - you can also download these at the bottom of this page.

Ebooks are a great option for readers with dyslexia as the settings allow a dyslexic font option.

Both Hastings District Libraries and Napier Libraries have ePukapuka - a digital collection offering a wide range of titles including fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children.

Once you sign in to ePukapuka using your library card number and pin number, you can go to the Settings option and choose Dyslexic Font.

Once saved, the ePukapuka website will always display in this font making it much easier for dyslexic readers to focus on finding and enjoying their next great read!

libbyLibby by Overdrive 

The Libby app allows to adjust reading settings to choose the dyslexic font option.




borrow boxBorrow Box

(Bolinda at Napier Libraries) enables everyone to experience the joy of books and storytelling through its user-friendliness. Features include everything from a dyslexic font and customizable text size on the eReader, to having complete control over the speed of the audio on the eAudioplayer.

Honestly, it’s that good!



ePlatform by Wheelers

Ulverscroft Digital (downloadable audiobooks only)

While ePlatform by Wheelers doesn't appear to have a dyslexic font setting making searching easier it is a great library for audio books. Audio is a valid option for reading a book and can really help to bring the stories alive and encourage imagination.



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Story Box

Created for children to view stories by local authors and illustrators being read aloud by fantastic storytellers, Story Box helps get kids excited about reading, inspires their imagination, and lets them have fun with stories.  You can continue the fun with themed activities.

You will need your library card number to access Story Box Library.




Your libraries have a huge range of audiobooks, from Junior Book and Sound kits that contain both the print book and an audio copy together to audio books in CD, MP3, MB4 formats as well as downloadable audiobooks.

If your child is having trouble learning to read or is struggling to keep up, audiobooks can be a powerful tool that can improve reading comprehension and boost confidence.

Listening to an audiobook while following along with the text can actually help bridge the gap between decoding words and assigning meaning for kids with dyslexia. Receiving information both visually and audibly reinforces word recognition, improves fluency and builds vocabulary.

ulverscroftUlverscroft Digital 

This collection is mostly for adults with a smattering of childrens and teen titles and has an emphasis on UK audiobook titles. It also has a dyslexic friendly font to make it easier to search for reading material. 

Dyslexia friendly reading lists to download

Adult Fiction
Adult Non-Fiction
Young Adult


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