Barrington Stoke

No, not a colonial detective from 1849, but a publisher on a mission to provide books that are aimed at children with dyslexia or other issues related to reading.

Barrington Stoke have taken a few simple steps to produce a range of books that are quite honestly amazing. The first thing you notice is the colour of the pages. They are not white but instead look tea stained. My husband, who is also dyslexic, was amazed by this. He has told me at least 7587543 times that the page colour makes the words stay still.

I’m not a big fan of the term dyslexia. It’s a catch-all that means different things to different people. We should all try to remember that English, in particular, is so wildly irregular in its relationship between words and pronunciation that we ask a great deal of our visual systemsWhich were never designed to read. Written language arrived long after spoken language in our evolutionary history. every time we open a book. When performance is taxed to such an extent, it should be no surprise that a large percentage of language users find reading disproportionately harder than listening. More power to Barrington Stoke – and his faithful batman, Smythe.

Caroline Smailes: Barrington Stoke

Published by

Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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