Are you ready for the next Family Dinner Book Club selections! This month we have selected two books (one picture book and one chapter book) to help draw attention to National Dyslexia Awareness Month.
Dyslexia is a language based learning challenge. It’s estimated that 15-20% of the population has some type of language based learning challenge. Chances are that someone in your family or child’s classroom is dyslexic.
We hope that this month’s choices will open a great dialogue with your family about how people learn differently.
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The Family Dinner Book Club selections for October are…
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco is an extremely talented storyteller and illustrator. Did you know that she is also dyslexic? Thank You, Mr. Falker is a beautiful story about a young girl (Patricia Polacco) who struggled with reading in school and a caring, supporting teacher who helped her learn to read.
Bookmarks Are People Too by Henry Winkler
Do you remember The Fonz from Happy Days? Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz) is also a children’s author who also happens to be dyslexic. Bookmarks Are People Too is the first chapter book in the Here’s Hank series. Hank is a second grader and dyslexic. He struggles with memorizing things. When his class decides to put on a play, he decides he wants the lead part. Hank freezes up at the audition. His teacher ends up creating a special part for him. It may seem like an insignificant role, but when someone freezes during the performance Hank steps in and saves the day. The text of this book is produced in a dyslexic friendly font.
Participating in Family Dinner Book Club is easy and fun!
How Family Dinner Book Club Works
1. So, get your copy of either of the books and start reading. You can borrow them from the library or from a friend, find it on your bookshelf or purchase a copy.
2. Then, on October 14th, check back here for all your Family Dinner Book Club preparation needs. Links will be provided for your dinner conversation table topics from Growing Book by Book and your book related menu and table deocrations from Daisy at Home.
3. Decide which night towards the end of October works best for your family to have Family Dinner Book Club. Set the table, prepare the food and settle in for a nice cozy dinner to discuss the book.
4. Don’t forget to snap a picture of your Family Dinner Book Club and share it with us on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page!
5. Then, head back here on November 1st, to see our new title for the month of October and participate all over again!
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