Mother and daughter reading together

Dyslexia is a term used to describe a range of persistent difficulties with aspects of reading, writing, and spelling. Around 10% of the population has dyslexia, and common symptoms are that words and letters appear to “move around on the page” or blur and blend into each other.

As part of our commitment to encouraging literacy and recreational reading, Hamilton City Libraries has a range of resources to help those who have (or support someone with) dyslexia.

Finding Books

Children's books which are dyslexia-friendly are labelled in our catalogue. Many of these are from UK publisher Barrington Stoke, who use a special typeface and off-white pages to help dyslexic readers.

Readers of all ages may also find graphic novels helpful, thanks to the way the text is supported by images. Hamilton City Libraries has graphic novels for children, teens, and adults.

Searching the Catalogue

Here are some tips on using our online catalogue to find books suitable for children with dyslexia.

  • Enter the search term “Dyslexia friendly books”, including quotation marks.

  • If you are looking for a specific theme, you can add more keywords (e.g. “dyslexia friendly books” dog if you are looking for books featuring dogs). Press Search.

  • Use the options on the left-hand side of the page to further narrow your search results to the correct shelf location, genre, or library.

Dyslexia-Friendly Digital Library


BorrowBox enables everyone to experience the joy of books and storytelling through its user-friendliness. Features include a dedicated dyslexia-friendly typeface, customizable text size on the eReader, and having complete control over the speed of the audio on the eAudioplayer.

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PressReader publications can also be viewed in plain-text mode to reduce clutter, or can be read aloud using your system narrator, like an Audiobook.

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Libby for eMagazines

Libby app features a high contrast mode, with options of 'Bright', 'Sepia' and 'Dark' while you read your eMagazine. You can also adjust the Text Scale by zooming in to make your reading experience more enjoyable.

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