Franklin Avenue Library Construction

The exterior book returns at Franklin Avenue Library will be unavailable beginning Monday, May 17. Please use the temporary book returns in the east parking lot. 

Central Library Construction

Due to construction, the Central Library pickup window and exterior book returns will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, May 13. Please pick up your items and return items inside the library. Hold deadlines and due dates have been extended for any affected customers. Free underground parking is still available. Please follow signage on Grand Avenue.

Easy-to-Read Books and Decodable Materials

Easy to Read

Decodable books are books that focus on letter sounds and phonic patterns that young readers can "decode." Usually, these books follow a specific sequence of skills that build on each other as a reader develops in skill themselves. These books are especially great for helping develop the skills and confidence of dyslexic and struggling readers.

Decodable books

An selection of decodable books.

For example, an early-level decodable book might only focus on short vowel sounds (the difference between the "a" sound in rat vs race), as well as words that can easily be sounded out, like run, spin, pig, dad, or pot. Early-level decodable books avoid "sight words," words that don't follow normal phonic patterns. These include words like said, sure, laugh, could, and your.


A passage from Who's a Big Bully Then?

The decodable chapter books the library carries are more complex than some of those early readers, but still are written in a way so most of the words can be sounded out, with fewer irregular words. Best of all, there are a variety of plots and subjects! From fun mysteries about vanishing grandmas to a dystopian trilogy about a video game turn to life, there's something for any young reader.

Local organization Decoding Dyslexia Iowa has many resources about dyslexia and advice for parents with dyslexic children, including worksheets in both English and Spanish!

The Great Clown Conundrum

A passage from The Great Clown Conundrum


Take a look at our easy-to-read materials in our catalog!

More information on Decodable Materials

International Dyslexia Association Ontario

Phonics Hero

Published on February 15, 2021
Last Modified May 17, 2021