Thorndike Press It’s increasingly necessary for students to develop strong reading comprehension skills in order to be prepared for today’s reading intensive academic environment and workplace. Despite this, too many of our nation’s students are reading below grade level due to a variety of factors, including lack of motivation to read, weaknesses in vocabulary and decoding skills, learning differences, disabilities, or visual acuity issues.

Educators are determined to find new ways to make reading more meaningful for students by leveraging the power of context and comfort in the reading process to increase student engagement, elevate reading comprehension, and support the development of lifelong reading habits.

Project Tomorrow implemented a mixed methods research study collecting both qualitative and quantitative data during the 2018–19 school year. In addition to the data collected specifically for this study, the research team also utilized disidentified student data from a variety of reading assessments to explore any potential relationships between the reading of the large print books and student achievement outcomes.

The findings in this report provide new insights into the role of Thorndike Press large print books as an intervention resource to support student reading development.

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“One of my struggling readers commented upon first seeing his first large print book in our classroom, ‘Why isn’t every book printed like this? It is so much easier to read.’ That comment was echoed by several of my students during our time using the large print books. I loved that my students were less intimidated by the larger print books. And that it was easier for them to find and keep their place when reading together.”

– Targeted Reading Teacher, Applied Learning Academy (TX)