When I was a brand new teacher, I once had a third grade student tell me to “hold the book steady Teacher, because the letters are moving.” This was a major red flag! Ever since, I have been on the hunt for resources to help me better understand dyslexia, which was what my student struggled with. (For more information about Dyslexia please click here.)
That’s why I was so excited to read The Wild Book by Margarita Engle. This is a book for middle grade readers that tells the story of Fefa, who grows up in turn-of-the-century Cuba. Fefa struggles with “word blindness”, aka dyslexia.
The Wild Book is written as a collection of poems that together tell a complex and engaging story. It has an extremely low word-count, which makes it approachable for struggling readers.
Most importantly, The Wild Book looks and feels like a regular novel. The cover art by Yuyi Morales is absolutely beautiful. No student would feel ashamed for having this book in her arms, even though it is a book about a tween’s struggle with dyslexia.
I have never read anything by Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle before, but she is now on my list of authors to check out.