Gavin Newsom pens children's book to 'support young people' with dyslexia

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is about to be a published children's author.

Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, announced on Thursday that it will publish "Ben and Emma's Big Hit" on Dec. 7. The book centers on Ben, a dyslexic boy struggling in school who begins to approach learning like he does playing baseball, his favorite sport.

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Newsom said in a release he drew on his experience with dyslexia. The book will be published in OpenDyslexic font, making the book more accessible for dyslexic creaders.

"My self-esteem and my grades suffered until I learned about dyslexia and strategies for dealing with it," Newsom said in a statement, "so I wrote this book in hopes of helping support young people struggling with learning disabilities."

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity estimates 20 percent of Americans have dyslexia, struggling to read, spell, pronounce words and even process auditory information. Newsom will donate the book's proceeds to the International Dyslexia Association, which aims to provide dyslexic individuals with necessary resources and tools.

"Tens of millions of Americans struggle with dyslexia – including me," Newsom said in the release. "My dyslexia was particularly difficult when I was a kid. I wondered why my younger sister quickly finished her homework while I struggled. Reading aloud in front of the class filled me with heart-pounding fear and anxiety."

"Ben and Emma's Big Hit" is Newsom’s second book with Penguin Random House. Newsom co-wrote "Citizenville" with Lisa Dickey in 2013 while he was lieutenant governor.