Dyslexia-friendly fiction

I struggled a lot with reading when I was young and I want my books to be as accessible as possible to as many children as possible. I do a lot of work in schools and see the difference in the way Barrington Stoke design their books can help so many children. It’s great to see and I want to see more of it.

I am really proud to have written the following dyslexia-friendly books for Barrington Stoke.

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This Barrington Stoke blog explains how they are dyslexia friendly.

Dyslexia storylines

Reading the GameMy Puffin children’s book Football Academy : Reading the Game is about a young footballer called Ben who is struggling with reading.
It has received some great reviews from
experts in the field:

“an excellent book that hits the button for all young footballers” Judith Sanson, Chair, Board of Directors, Dyslexia International

“I have just read the book in one sitting – I couldn’t put it down!! I’m no football enthusiast but the story rings so true. I have worked with severe dyslexics and know the shame some of them experience. Wonderful that you are creating literature for boys that is exciting, age appropriate but simple to read. Keep going!” Barbara Lowe, Hampshire Dyslexia Association

“I have passed this on to our centres and will recommend it to students. I would like to wish you well in your good work.” Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive Officer, Dyslexia Action

Reading the Game by Tom Palmer is a story about a young dyslexic boy who loves football. This is a fast moving story aimed at engaging the reluctant reader.Anne Powell, Medway & Mid-Kent Dyslexia House Association


IDead Lockedn Deadlocked,  the main character, Owen is 15 and a struggling reader. Owen’s teacher gives him a book to read during the long flight from London and he has a churning worry “that he wouldn’t be able to finish it.”

Rating: 5/5 Read Book Bag’s  5 star review here.

“Tom, your books gave a real flavour of the game for dyslexia sufferers using kids who had real problems of their own to contend with.  I really did think that Owen not being a great reader was a stroke of genius: that’s something that kids with dyslexia will be able to relate to.  Superb.”  Bookbag

Sports Mad Barrington Stoke Book PosterResources

Download a poster of Barrington Stoke’s range of dyslexia-friendly sport books here.

My books are included in Dyslexia Action’s Book Guide for reluctant and dyslexic     readers here.

mybabaMy book Ghost Stadium is included in MYBABA’s Top Ten Books for Dyslexic Children. 





Rguardianead my Top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers 

for The Guardian here.



 Read my latest blog on dyslexia here:

Letters from parents with dyslexic children

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