Books with Characters Who Have Learning and Attention Issues

Dyslexia can make reading really challenging, but it can't stop a kid from being a hero. Just ask Percy Jackson! And having ADHD can make school tough, but Joey Pigza manages to navigate his academic and family troubles with humor and courage. These books about kids and teens with learning disabilities can mirror the reader's experience or help readers understand what friends, classmates, and relatives may be going through. For other compassionate stories, check out our lists of Books That Teach Empathy, Books with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities, and Coming-of-Age Books.

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Bookmarks Are People Too!: Here's Hank, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
(2014)
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May B. Book Poster Image
Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
(2012)
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Eleven Book Poster Image
Poignant tale of dyslexic boy seeking clues to his past.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2008)
(2008)
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Freak the Mighty Book Poster Image
Outcasts join forces to conquer readers' hearts.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2004)
(1993)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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Fish in a Tree Book Poster Image
Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia inspires.
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(2015)
(2015)
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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Book Poster Image
Sympathetic, realistic portrait of boy with ADHD.
By Jack Gantos
(2003)
(1998)
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My Thirteenth Winter Book Poster Image
Honest story of life with learning disability.
By Samantha Abeel
(2007)
(2005)
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Fangirl Book Poster Image
Beautiful coming-of-age story about fandom and first love.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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Dying to Know You Book Poster Image
Compelling friendship carries tale of author and teen boy.
By Aidan Chambers
(2012)
(2012)
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