Henry Winkler’s New Book Series Aims To Help Kids With Dyslexia

Mar 7, 2014

Actor Henry Winkler.
Actor Henry Winkler.
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Steve Scher talks with actor and comedian Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver about writing children books. The two have released the latest book in the “Here’s Hank” series.

This time, the words are printed using a font that makes it easier for children with dyslexia to read.

Winkler, who is well known for playing "The Fonz" in the 70s TV sitcom Happy Days, said he struggled with dyslexia from an early age.

Example of the font from the "Here's Hank" series.
Example of the font from the "Here's Hank" series.
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"I didn't read a novel until I was 31," he said. "I was too intimidated."

The 68-year-old actor said Oliver gave him the confidence to write, and the two continue to write together on a daily basis.

"You never lose dyslexia; you learn to negotiate it," Winkler said. "But what happens to a lot of kids is their eyes play tricks on them, and the words are so close together, so small that they start to swim on the page."

Winkler and Oliver have currently written 26 books.

Here's a video of the full interview.