Monday, October 21, 2019

OCTOBER IS DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH

I was reading my SLJ Teen magazine on line when I made an amazing discovery. October is not only the month of Bully Prevention but the month of Dyslexia Awareness. I had no idea, but it's perfect.

Karen Jensen, TLT wrote an interesting article about the research she did to find books about the subject of dyslexia. Here's the link:
http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2019/dyslexia-awareness-month-books-featuring-main-characters-with-dyslexia/

In her research for books with dyslexic characters she found a few books but they they were mostly for young readers. She found very few for teens. She lists some of the books and is working to discover more books, especially YA stories, with main characters that have dyslexia to add to her list.  I left a comment about my forth coming novel. Maybe Karen Jensen will be interested in Gabe. 
I hope people will understand about people that have Dyslexia and not laugh at them or bully them.


We still have National Bullying Prevention Month. Here are some suggestions I found for the week of October 21st. From the National Bullying Prevention Month Stomp Out Bullying site.

For students: If you see someone eating alone in the cafeteria, ask them to eat with you.
If someone is just watching a school activity or something after school invite them to join in.
If you're an adult and at work, do the same. Ask them if you can eat lunch with them or invite them to eat with you. Few people enjoy eating alone. Be friends. 

Send a note to a social media friend saying to have a good day, or something to let them know you're thinking about them.
I'm sure you can think of some great ways to show a person they are important and not alone.

Boy! October is a busy month.



20 comments:

  1. Yes, it's a good fit for your book. And thanks for the suggestions for anti-bullying too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The timing is working out great, Natalie. If I can keep the interest going until the book is published. There are some great ideas for anti bulling on the Internet. Hope they help people.

      Delete
  2. Two for one. Perfect indeed. Yeah, just doing one little thing like that can raise a person's spirits.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, yes, Pat. Perfect. You're right. Just a kind word or action will do wonders.

      Delete
  3. Some very good tips here Beverly. Good to read.

    Yvonne.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe one day people will be considerate of others, Yvonne, and see that being kind is not that difficult and has amazing rewards for everyone.

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. That would be great, Diane. We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I'm looking for other possibilities to tell about Gabe and Charley.

      Delete
  5. What a lovely idea, Beverly, a great act of kindness, I do hope your day is happy 🌹

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, lostinimaginaryworlds. My day is happy. My kitties and doggie are enjoying the sunshine. The wind is a bit strong but a rock in my pocket kept me from flying through the air. Hope you're having a happy day too.

      Delete
  6. I ate alone at times. I wish someone would've asked me to eat with them.

    Lovely post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's sad, Chrys. I never paid much attention to whether someone was eating alone or not. I had a best friend that ate with me. Then she got a different best friend and I was alone. I hope these groups that are promoting No Bullying month help people see it's the small things that make a big difference.

      Delete
  7. Replies
    1. Thank you, Kelly, for all your great advice. Our boy will soon make his debut.

      Delete
  8. Octoreb 30th, 85?
    Thats the date we
    parted ways...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Matte. I'm not sure what you mean, but I hope it wasn't a sad parting.

      Delete
  9. I had no idea October was dyslexia awareness month. Thanks for sharing! It's such an important topic to bring awareness to, especially since people are laughed at for having this disability instead of being understood and helped.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it is, Ronel. I hope people, young and old, are beginning to realize the truth about Dyslexia. Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete