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Governor writes kids’ book about dyslexia


SACRAMENTO, CALIF » California Gov. Gavin Newsom still can’t spell the word “dress.” He can’t read aloud from a piece of paper in public.

That’s why his speeches are long, mostly from memory and sprinkled with some awkward moments when his words bump into each other. Newsom accepts these challenges as part of his dyslexia. That prompted him to search for picture books about dyslexia to use with his kids. But he was surprised when he did not find many. So he wrote one. “Ben & Emma’s Big Hit,” published by Philomel books, came out Tuesday. The book is presented as a bridge to help some children with dyslexia with reading difficulti­es.

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