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June Behrmann

June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.

"Here's Hank," Read This Book Series About a Young Hank Zipzer Before His Dyslexia Diagnosis

September 10, 2015

Meet a memorable, comical, and intelligent book character named Hank. He is a second grader whose learning problems in school are not yet diagnosed. This might be dyslexia but no diagnostic labels are mentioned. Despite his challenges, he tries to do the best that he can despite a critical father who does not understand his child's difficulties with attention or learning. 

There now are six chapter books in this series by authors Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler, the actor, director and speaker. They first wrote the Hank Zipzer book series about the ups and downs of a fourth grader with dyslexia. Experiences in those books were based on real-life experiences that Winkler had growing up. 

Little Hank

In this prequel book series "Hank is bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject," Oliver writes on her website. "But so are math and reading!"

"HERE’S HANK was created out of popular demand from kids and teachers who wanted to read more about the smart second grader for whom school doesn’t come easily," according to Oliver. These books are printed in a type font designed for readers with dyslexia that she says are easy reading for kids to read. The book titles are:

Accessible Versions?

With one in five students said to have dyslexia by numerous sources, this book series or any book from the series can add value to classroom and/or school libraries.They are ideal to read aloud during Dyslexia Awareness Month that is celebrated in the U.S. during October. Learning Ally has the first three titles converted from print into the VoiceTEXT format that syncs highlighted text with the narrator's voice. Learning Ally books are free to eligible students whose special education teams consider and elect accessible educational materials during a child's Individualized Education Program planning meeting.

Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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