BOOST CONFIDENCE IN YOUNG READERS: Help them obtain and develop the skills necessary to become successful lifelong readers.


The combination of a larger font and fewer words on a page helps with:

  • Decoding—With fewer words on a page, readers can fully decode and process each page, leading to substantial progress.
  • Fluency—Because the additional white space between lines slows the eye and increases the care they take with the text, young readers show improved fluency.
  • Comprehension—Once decoding errors are eliminated and fluency improves, young readers can focus on the meaning of the text. Full comprehension leads to reading satisfaction.

Thorndike Press offers a wide selection of middle reader and young adult titles in both the fiction and nonfiction genres. With so many titles to select from, all your young readers are sure to find something they will enjoy.

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If the font is bigger, the book must be bigger, right? In fact, large print titles are often the same size or smaller than their hardcover or trade paperback counterparts and weigh about the same as a traditional hardcover book.

By using thinner, higher quality paper and laying out the text to maximize the use of white space, Thorndike Press is able to produce large print titles that are comparable in size to other editions. As a bonus, our titles are also bound specifically for libraries — they’re made to last. (We guarantee it!)

In addition our large print books are:

  • Complete and unabridged
  • Produced with the same cover as the original edition—reducing any stigma
  • Designed so the words “Large Print” do not appear on the outside of the book
  • Set in 16-point type in jet-black ink on high-opacity paper

Large print books are a necessary component for successful reading programs. More importantly, large print books aid readers regardless of whether or not they’ve been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Large print is a must have for all reading programs and library collections.

Easy to Read FormatExcerpt from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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“Students who used to go to great lengths to avoid reading are now excited about what books we have to offer, and they are coming back to the library week after week to check out more of them. The large print format has made an unbelievable difference in our students’ ability to scan the words on the page . . .”

— Brenda Loew, Media Specialist, Carlyle High School, IL

“Although I bought large print books to help with the students with vision problems, all the students want them. It took me a moment to understand what was going on when I had so many requests for ‘books with big words.’ ”

— Sandy, Clinton Middle School, TN

“All students, not only the ones I had originally planned for this program, are liking the bigger font! . . . they all liked these books!”

— Heather McBride, La Cumbre Junior High School, Santa Barbara, CA

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Learn more about the benefits of a larger font, select from our list of downloads.

Access Thorndike Press titles for middle and YA readers in our online catalog.

For more information about standing orders or pricing, contact your library sales consultant. Thorndike Press titles are also available through all major wholesalers.