by Jeanne Betancourt
Scholastic, $4.50; for ages 8–12
Purchase My Name Is Brain Brian
Want a glimpse of what it feels like to be dyslexic? Meet Brian, a sixth-grader who has always struggled in school.
Brian didn’t learn to read until long after his peers, and his handwriting is hard to decipher (as you’ll see). As he narrates his story, he casually weaves in truths about dyslexia that kids can understand (“Words don’t appear in the right order, they dance off the page”).
Despite struggles in dealing with his dad, also dyslexic, and with a rebellious friend, he undergoes some amazing changes during the school year.