- Book Style: Dyslexia knowledge book for parents
- Reading Level: N/A – you’re a parent
- Reading Length: 60-75 minutes
- Author: Sky Rota
- Author’s Page: Sky Rota
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon – $0.98 USD – Kindle, $7.99 – Paperback
- Social Media Links: N/A
Look Mom, I’m the Dumest One in my Clas!: One Boy’s Dyslexic Journey is what I’d call a parental knowledge book. Sky Rota is the author, and he’s 13 years old today. He’s dyslexic and also has ADHD, and so he’s created this book with a very specific purpose in mind: to educate.
Normally I start off my book reviews with a complete breakdown of the story of the book. I won’t do that this time because the book is 120 pages long, and it’s a story with many twists and turns. Suffice it to say that you’re going to be taken through a story with a great deal of ups and downs. See, Sky has told the story of his life. He’s told us about the ways he is different from “normal” kids. He’s told us about the ways he’s succeeded, the ways he’s failed, the times he’s cried, and the times he’s been happiest. Sky walks us through the difficulties children with dyslexia have with the current education system, and he drives home understanding of how people with dyslexia can succeed and thrive. It’s a massive undertaking, but in my opinion Sky has taken a significant step forward in helping people in his situation.
What’s amazing about this book is how quickly it teaches you, the parent, how difficult a classroom can be for a person with dyslexia. Within the first chapter, I had learned so much that I felt ready. Ready to help; ready to educate; ready to join Sky in his mission. I learned just how resistant the education system can be to accommodation, and I learned how harsh that environment could be. I learned how smart and powerful children with dyslexia can be.
I want to admit that I have a personal connection to Sky’s story. No, I’m not related to Sky and truthfully, I’ve never met him. However, I have a little nephew that’s just recently been told he is dyslexic. He’s the brightest little kid, but we noticed that he struggled with some of the same things Sky talks about in his book. We noticed that he struggled with reading, writing, and numeracy while we noticed that my little guy was surpassing him, despite being 2 years younger.
As a parent, I was proud at first, then confused. Like I said, my nephew is incredibly bright. He just couldn’t seem to grasp some things, like what happened the day before today. In the end, I was relieved when there was an explanation. However, I didn’t know what to do to help and that became a frustrating situation. Now that I’ve read Sky’s story, I’ve been able to apply some of the lessons to dealing with my nephew. I love how easy the book has made it to make my nephew’s life better and our relationship more positive. I can’t stress enough just how important it is to understand what Sky has told us in his book.
What I found incredible about Sky Rota (other than the fact that he’s 13 and trying to educate the world) is his message. I can’t think of another (non-fiction) book where I’ve witnessed someone go through such a difficult time in their life. Our author truly could have turned to a much darker side and become a very different person. Instead, he has become a true ambassador and an even better educator. He’s remained positive and as such, his message (that dyslexia is a gift, not a disability) is easy to get behind.
Now I suppose I should reiterate the fact that Sky is literally…13 years old. Despite that, he’s now created a book that’s being used in the US College system as part of their Student Teacher curriculum. He’s created a resource that’s teaching the next generation of teachers…how to teach. Simply put, wow.
What’s even more impressive is the fact that Sky Rota is building what I would call a successful online presence. He’s doing so by educating people and companies on Gen Z. His website SkyRota.com gives an insight into who he is but also offers consulting services to companies looking to prepare for Gen Z’s entrance into the workforce.
His website https://genzinsider.com is a news and information source for people who want the inside scoop on what it means to be part of Gen Z. He’s comfortably educating people on what works and doesn’t work with his generation, and I think it’ll become more and more relevant over the next few years.
When you look at this book’s goal and you add in the fact that it’s successful, this is an easy book to recommend. Not only will I recommend it, but I would suggest that you have a duty to read something like this. I’ve never used wording like this on Kids Fun Channel and I doubt I will anytime soon. However, when it comes to helping kids by being prepared with knowledge and understanding, I can safely say that we’re all responsible.
Dyslexia isn’t a disease; it’s not a disability. It’s something else entirely. Sky calls it a gift, and you should learn why for only $0.98 USD by heading to Amazon. Simply put, take a night out of your life and learn how to help. We’re all better off when our kids are healthy and ready to tackle the world in their own special way.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!