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Thorndike Press The transition from learning to read, to reading to learn, is an important step in a child’s skill development. Children who have strong reading comprehension skills have an advantage over those who initially find reading a challenge or struggle. Parents and teachers can help by making sure that reading is a pathway to success rather than a barrier to learning.

  • HOW LARGE PRINT SUPPORTS LITERACY

    If students don’t feel comfortable or have difficulty reading in elementary and middle school, they’ll be less likely to develop lifelong reading habits and skills that prepare them for high school level work or the intensive academic and workplace reading that comes in adulthood.1

    Large print and extra space between letters have proven to help readers track (move from word to word) more easily, because the extra spacing and larger letters allow eye movement to slow down during reading.² This improves fluency by helping readers string words together. It also increases their reading ability, accuracy, and speed for better comprehension. 

    Thorndike Press titles have many key characteristics unique to large print format, including larger font size than standard edition books; enhanced spacing between letters, words, and sentences; clearer contrast between text and the background color of the page; and fewer words and lines per page.

  • WHAT TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE SAYING

    Thorndike Press partnered with Project Tomorrow® to design and implement a nationwide study to explore the impact that reading large print-formatted books has on student reading engagement, comprehension, and achievement levels. Read the executive summary or key findings infographic to learn more about these findings. Here’s a glimpse of what teachers and students had to say about how reading skills changed and reading comprehension improved:

     

    “My students stayed more on task with their reading because they were more engaged when reading the large print. The greatest benefit to reading instruction was that we were able to get more actual reading accomplished in our time frame. This is 100% credited to the use of the large print books.”
    –4th and 5th grade teacher, R.J. Wilson Elementary School (TX)

     

    “I want other teachers to know that giving students choices of books is a great strategy, especially when the book looks like any other book, but is larger print! Now, I will always use these types of books in my classroom because I found them extremely successful at engaging my reluctant readers.”
    –English teacher, Marco Forster Middle School (CA)

     

    “I liked how the letters and words are bigger and you don't skip through the words now because there aren't that many words on the page. Also, you feel more accomplished when you flip a page.”
    –7th grade student, O’Neill Middle School (IL)

     

    “I think that the best thing about reading books with large text is that it makes it easier to focus and not lose your spot. Losing spots when reading can make it not fun for the reader, or even difficult.”
    –10th grade student, O’Fallon Township High School (IL)

     

    “I liked how when I read that I felt that I as a good reader because the font was so big that I could recognize the words as soon as I flipped the page.”
    –7th grade student, Southern Columbia Middle School (PA)

     

    “It was much, much, MUCH easier to read with the bigger font.”
    –6th grade student, John C. Lukancic Middle School (IL)

  • WHERE YOU CAN FIND LARGE PRINT

    Even though large print has been around for decades, there hasn’t been much research on the benefits of large print for young and struggling readers, until now. Many public and school libraries have middle grade and young adult large print titles available to check out, while others may need you to share your knowledge about the benefits of large print on student reading skills and ask them to purchase titles.

    Thorndike Press carefully curates a collection of fiction and nonfiction high interest books for students in grades 3–12. Purchase our large print titles on our Amazon Web Store.

    Librarians, reading specialists, and educators have other options to purchase direct or through their preferred vendor.

Key Findings from a Nationwide Study

Look What’s Inside: Subtle Differences, Big Advantages

 

   

Thorndike Press large print books (right) are similar in size and weight as standard print editions (left).

 

The 16-point type helps readers develop the skills to recognize words accurately, read fluently, and comprehend the content they’re reading.

 

Thorndike Press produces all middle grade and young adult large print books with the same cover art as the original edition, and the books are not labeled as “Large Print.”

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  • Sources

    1 Based on a report from a 2018–2019 nationwide study to determine the efficacy of large print books on student reading skills and mindsets conducted independently by Project Tomorrow® at the request of Thorndike Press, from Gale, a Cengage Company

    2 Legge, G. E., and C. A. Bigelow. "Does Print Size Matter for Reading? A Review of Findings from Vision Science and Typography." Advances in Pediatrics. August 09, 2011. Accessed August 26, 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21828237