Easy to Read books are nowadays read by a broad and varied audience, from people with intellectual disabilities to unused readers, and those who are learning a new language. Should we provide different criteria and various Easy Languages for the diverse reader groups?
In this globalised world, we increasingly meet people from different cultural backgrounds. In school, pupils with other cultural backgrounds often find that the schoolbooks and materials they are studying do not reflect their own reality. What kind of literature do they need so that they can recognise themselves?
For a person with dyslexia school might be a challenge, when reading is difficult and slow. Letters change places and jump on the line. Is reading the only way to learn, or are there other possibilities?
Teachers and experts recommend audio books especially for people who are not used to reading.
But does listening with the ears develop the brain as much as reading with the eyes?
How should Easy Language and Easy to Read be defined? Is Easy Language a constructed or a natural language? Are the language and the contents in Easy to Read books poorer than in books in standard language?
In the Helsinki University Klaara blog, Orsolya Kiss describes how Easy to Read books are used to support Tatar, a minority language in Finland.
Easy to Read books can be used to develop literacy in endangered languages.
Two of Bokpil’s books have recently been published as talking and braille books and now reach a larger group of readers.
Our health benefits from reading. Books influence our development, intellect and emotions. Reading creates balance in life.
Easy to Read books are mainly connected with paper books, but how do Easy e-books function? Do they offer the same reading experience?
Explaining the Covid-19 pandemic to children and youth can be a big challenge. Reading about how other people manage crises provides new tools to deal with the situation.
Modern, easily readable literature, which supports language use and creates interest for reading and writing, can be a way to revitalise languages.