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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Chatham-Kent Public Library is launching a new collection during Dyslexia Awareness Month. CKPL was awarded a mini-grant from the International Dyslexia Association of Ontario to purchase dyslexia-friendly resources, called decodable books, for the library’s collection. CKPL’s decodable books will include phonics books, early readers, beginner chapter books, and books for kids and teens. Search keyword ‘decodable books’ at to place holds.

Decoding is the ability to quickly and accurately read words on a page and it plays a critical role in reading comprehension. Decodable books and text contain words made of letter-sounds, and spelling and morphological patterns (e.g. prefixes & suffixes) that students are explicitly taught. Decodable books ensure that children have the skills to read without guessing.

Chatham-Kent Public Library also has audiobooks that you can access from home! “Tumblebooks” includes early readers, chapter books, and advanced reader read-alongs. Overdrive and Hoopla are app-based platforms with audiobooks available for kids, teens, and adults. These resources are accessible 24/7 with a CKPL card.

Dyslexia is a neurologically based condition that affects word-level reading accuracy, reading fluency, and spelling. It is often described as an unexpected difficulty in learning to read. If you’d like to learn more about dyslexia and resources available for families, visit the International Dyslexia Association of Ontario’s website,

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