Books for children
Fish In A Tree
Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The author gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
Author: Paul Russell and Aska
Age Group: 6 – 10yrs also for Inspirational Teachers, Dyslexics, Reluctant Writers, and Writing Creatively
Available from: Public Library, Book Stores
The book My Storee is of a little boy who just loves to write stories when he is at home, but he makes a lot of spelling mistakes. His teacher at school always puts red writing through his work to highlight ALL his mistakes which makes him feel sad and uncomfortable. Now he hates writing at school.
One day a new teacher arrives and makes all the children in the class feel safe and comfortable in his classroom. When they are asked to write a story for him, they are amazed when he says that SPELLING doesn’t matter, they could go back and correct it later when they published their stories. This made all the difference to the children in the class as they wrote about dragons, adventures, pirates and gruesome monsters because the pressure of being correct was lifted they all wrote beautiful stories and enjoyed doing it for the teacher.
For any child who has trouble writing stories because they make spelling mistakes this delightful book would give them the confidence to keep trying as it illustrates not all teachers teach the same way all the time.
The more a child can write the better they will get at it, the easier it will become for them to do and the more imaginative places it can take them too.
By Adele Hibbs, Consultant with Dyslexia Support Southland