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About Don M. Winn
Don M. Winn is an award-winning author, speaker, and dyslexia advocate. As a dyslexic, who well knows the challenge of learning to love to read, Don's goal is to write books for children that are so engaging they will entice even the most reluctant or struggling reader. Don's articles on dyslexia have been featured in TODAY Parenting, Costco Connection Magazine, MD Monthly, Latin Times, and many others. Don's award-winning books include the Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series of children's chapter books and 11 Cardboard Box Adventures picture books.
Parents and educators know that when stories are fun and engaging, kids spend more time reading. But what if the books you choose for your children or students not only entertain but also teach? Imagine finding stories that combine the life lessons of Aesop's Fables with the appealing characters and compelling adventures of beloved classics. Don Winn's award-winning picture books are just such a find.
Don Winn’s Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series, starring the young knight Sir Kaye Balfour, is full of fun, exciting adventures that appeal to even the most reluctant reader. Kaye's beloved but absent father is his inspiration, and he strives to meet challenges with the values his chivalrous father taught him. His best pal, Reggie, who is dyslexic and also struggles with low self-esteem, often surprises himself by his ability to make meaningful contributions to those around him. The Sir Kaye series is unique because it features characters learning to meet life's challenges without magic or superpowers. These young heroes deal with internal questions and uncertainty as they work through the events they face, and each one finds his own way. The books are fun and enjoyed by any reader, but they are particular favorites of kids who need heroes dealing with difficulties like their own: dyslexia, learning challenges, absentee parents, being targets of bullying, or struggling with low self-esteem.
Don has been writing for over 20 years. A dyslexic reader and writer himself, Don works tirelessly to encourage struggling young readers to embrace their love of stories and to keep on reading!
Don Winn lives in Round Rock, Texas with his wife.
Find out more at www.donwinn.com
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A Reader's Favorite Award, Eric Hoffer Award, and NYC Big Book Award winner, Raising a child with Dyslexia, What Every Parent Needs to Know, has been hailed as a book that "should be required reading for anyone who is going to be working with a child with dyslexia in any capacity." According to Sefina Hawke of Readers' Favorite book reviews.
Written from the perspective of someone who grew up with dyslexia and raised a child with dyslexia, this book offers a unique peek into the mind of someone with experience. As an expert, the author lays clear guidelines for promoting healthy development in spite of challenges.
Where most books fall short—covering the emotional, social, and internal toll of dyslexia—this book excels in offering a well-rounded account and balanced action plan that can be started right away. If you’re looking for results, then this is a must-read.
Your child’s wellbeing is important. Their education is important. Their mental health is paramount. This handbook tackles more than one angle of this complex struggle and offers parents the tools to recognize, support, and assure their child with dyslexia.
Transform the life of a dyslexic child under your care today.
Wicked knights roam the land of Knox since the death of the king—they go where they want, do what they want, take what they want, and never help anyone but themselves.
The new young queen dreams of a band of chivalrous knights who will protect her people from danger.
Meanwhile, in a village on the edge of a distant forest, twelve-year-old Kaye dreams of one day becoming a heroic knight like his father.
A good deed, a daring rescue, and a queen’s risky plan change everything for Kaye. Now newly knighted, he and his best friend Reggie must face his father's oldest enemy—the mighty Sir Melchor. Can they triumph over him in the castle tournament, or will they disgrace the queen forever?
Perfect for fans and graduates of the Magic Treehouse The Knight at Dawn, the Magic Treehouse the Merlin Missions books, and The Boxcar Children books. Also ideal for fans of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Winner of six book awards, including best series, this chapter book for ages 8–12 reminds readers that there’s more to being a knight than being an adult. Kindness, courage, and valor know no age. Filled with humor, heart, fun, and adventure, this book makes a perfect gift! Instill a life-long love of reading in your child with this tale of courage, friendship, and kindness.
“Fortitude, good will, and friendship triumph over pettiness in this enjoyable story.” —Publishers Weekly
“Books of adventure and challenge that still offer an emotional component are hard to come by for middle-grade readers—and even more so for middle-grade boys—yet Don M. Winn hits the mark dead center.” —Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite
This IndieReader Discovery Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Wishing Shelf Book Award, Storyteller’s Campfire Voyager Award, and Royal Dragonfly Award for best series winner is great for reading aloud.
Set in the fictional medieval land of Knox, this four-book series contains well-researched historical details about life in the Middle Ages, castles, knights, tournaments, and so much more. Great black and white illustrations by Dave Allred bring the story and time period to life.
This series will keep both reluctant and motivated readers coming back for more adventure and excitement. The series includes Book One: The Knighting of Sir Kaye, Book Two: The Lost Castle Treasure, Book Three: Legend of the Forest Beast, and Book Four: The Eldridge Conspiracy. Both young readers and their parents will enjoy seeing the boys face their difficulties with courage and bravery, solving problems using their wits, common sense, and teamwork instead of relying on superpowers.
The Knighting of Sir Kaye introduces Reggie, a hero of self-reference for dyslexic learners. The series shows how he struggles with feelings of worthlessness and shame because of his dyslexia, but also documents his journey as he grows throughout the stories and comes to value his strengths and his worth as a person. The author, Don M. Winn, knows all about growing up with dyslexia, and is also the author of the award-winning nonfiction book for parents and educators, Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know, which addresses the social and emotional support a child with dyslexia needs to grow, thrive, and be happy.
This book is designed for parents and educators to read with their dyslexic children and students to help them understand both the difficulties and the benefits (their monkey) that accompany dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Reading and discussing this book together will encourage children to vocalize their own feelings about having a learning difference.