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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 or reading difficulties, learning differences, disabilities, or visual acuity issues.

Educators are determined to find new instruction methods 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 grades 3–12. In addition to the whole-class and one-to-one 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 a low-cost intervention tool to support student reading skills, development, and self-concept.


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Introduce striving readers to a reading intervention tool that is research-based, proven to reduce reading difficulties, and improve literacy.


    Students may be unmotivated or have reading difficulties. They may lack visual acuity, vocabulary, or comprehension skills, or be an English as a second language learner. They may be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or have a learning disability such as dyslexia. Whatever reason they struggle with, large print can serve as a tool to encourage literacy development and reduce reading difficulty. This can be comforting not only for the struggling reader, but for the teachers and parents encouraging them to overcome these difficulties as well.



    Like other reading and literacy intervention strategies, such as phonics for example, large print demonstrates that less is more. The titles that Thorndike Press offers suit educator lesson plans and instructional goals and are high-interest books student peers are reading. The books themselves are similar in size and weight as standard print with the same cover art. Plus, the combination of a larger font and increased white space on a page helps readers:

    • Decode words faster.
    • Better track and improve reading fluency.
    • Develop greater reading comprehension.
    • Reduce eye strain.

    Learn more about these benefits and browse titles available.

“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)