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Every child can be a reader.
Barrington Stoke is a UK based publisher that seeks to break down barriers to reading.
There can be many reasons why a child doesn’t develop good literacy skills first time round. Barrington Stoke’s approach is designed by experts to combat these factors:
DYSLEXIA, which can make it hard to recognise and remember words and letters. Our font gives each letter a distinct shape and encourages the eye onwards. Our layout makes sure there’s no crowding. Our paper minimises confusing show-through.
IRLEN SYNDROME, where words and letters can seem to ‘jump around’. Our tinted pages reduce glare and visual stress, and can still be used with coloured overlays.
SHORT ATTENTION SPANS, HYPERACTIVITY AND SIMPLE RELUCTANCE can stop kids picking up a book. Our list includes lots of humour, sport and action themes, and we use fast-moving openings and cliffhangers to reel them in and keep them reading.
LOW SELF-ESTEEM can impact heavily on reading confidence. We match content and design appropriate to a reader’s actual age with language at a younger level. Crucially, our authors are the mainstream bestsellers their peers are also reading.
EAL LEARNERS can find complex literary conventions confusing. We reduce these and pack our books with speech. Lots of titles have illustrations to help with understanding.
DID YOU KNOW ...
• that black text on white paper can hurt sensitive eyes, while off-white paper helps?
• that careful spacing between letters and lines can help new and struggling readers?
• that justified text can mean readers get lost on the page?
• that many young readers, parents and carers feel more confident about opening a book if it has clear, manageable chapters to give natural ‘rest’ breaks?
• that illustration can help to carry the story forward and help struggling readers if they lose their place?
• that research has shown boys prefer books of 100 pages or under?
MATCH THE RIGHT BOOK TO THE RIGHT CHILD
Check the level:
Reading Age (RA)
Interest Age (IA)
World Burn Down by Steve Cole
The terrifying reality of illegal deforestation and the destruction of the rainforest is revealed in this powerful and gripping Amazonian adventureCarlos's mother works for IBAMA, Brazil's Environmental Authority. As head of a specially trained task force, her role is to protect the Amazon from the farm ...Show more
Colour My Days by Ross Collins
Emmy and Jeff live in a black and white world. But suddenly, the week has started with a splash of yellow and each new day brings a new colour into Emmy and Jeff's lives. Join them as they explore all the colours in the rainbow!
The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy
Category: Fantasy & Magic
Bestselling author Vashti Hardy transports us to a world like no other in a steampunk, fantasy adventure with family at its heart. For years Grace's family have been wardens of the Griffin map, using its teleport technology to help people and fight crime across the land of Moreland. At thirteen, Grace i ...Show more
The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James; Helen Crawford-White (Cover Design by)
Lauren James dives into a strange new world with a truly imaginative look at the climate crisis in this breathtaking companion to The Starlight Watchmaker.
Dread Cat (Little Gems IA 5-8) by Michael Rosen
Category: Little Gem - Early Readers age 5 to 8
Once there was a very fierce cat. Not just fierce: well fierce, totally, terrifyingly, stupendously fierce. Everyone was afraid of this cat. Her name was Dread and everyone dreaded Dread Cat. But then Dread Cat started to run out of luck catching mice. She hadn't caught any for ages. So she announced th ...Show more
School Spelling Dictionary (Barrington Stoke) by Christine Maxwell
A fresh new edition of this highly acclaimed and strong selling dictionary. This book allows students to use phonic attack to find both regular and irregular spellings. Students can look up a word as it sounds - if they are correct, they will find it in black, if they are wrong they will find it in red, ...Show more
Pike (#2 The Truth of Things) by Anthony McGowan
Nicky and Kenny return in Pike as the brothers' fishing expedition takes a turn. Bacon Pond is famous for its monster-sized fish and Kenny is determined to catch one. And as usual, Nicky is dragged along for the ride. But when the boys glimpse what could be a body in the water - the body of a well-known ...Show more
Bloodline by Kevin Brooks
Finbar reckons today's visit to his dad is going to be like any other. Sit in silence. Watch TV. Eat some chips. The last thing he expects is for a girl to burst in to the house. A girl with a gun. And a bag full of cash. Who is she? What has she done? And will Finbar's life ever be the same again?
The 13th Fairy (Dyslexia Friendly) by Kaye Umansky
Grimbleshanks just wanted to be invited to the Royal Christening. All the other fairies had been invited. But not her - just because she didn't like pink or frills or dancing on her tip-toes. Well, she would show them ...with a curse! Sleeping Beauty as you've never read it before. Particularly suitable ...Show more
The Twits (Ladybird Readers Level 1) by Roald Dahl
Category: Little Gem - Early Readers age 5 to 8
Mr. and Mrs. Twit are not nice people. What do the monkeys do? What does the bird do? Ladybird Readers is a graded reading series of traditional tales, popular characters, modern stories, and non-fiction, written for young learners of English as a foreign or second language. Recommended for children age ...Show more
After the War by Tom Palmer
Master storyteller Tom Palmer returns with a deeply moving and beautifully told novel of friendship and belonging, inspired by the incredible true story of the Windermere Boys. Summer 1945. The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among three hundred children who arrive in t ...Show more