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Make Way! Large Print Coming Through

by Nicole Guenkel on 2019-09-12T10:42:00-04:00 in What To Read | Comments

Large print format has a strong legacy of supporting increased reading engagement and proficiency for adults, most notably those with visual challenges. Thorndike Press with Project Tomorrow® designed and implemented a nationwide Study to investigate the impact of large print-formatted books on student reading engagement and achievement levels. The Study found that large print can help develop reading skills. Large print  books look like their standard print counterparts but their insides are designed to increase readability. Characteristics of large print books include larger font size; 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 within the books. This combination helps readers:

  • Decode words: With fewer words per page, large print books make the process of visualizing information easier for striving readers. They can sound out the words more effectively.
  • Improve tracking and fluency. Larger fonts and increased spacing force the eye to move more slowly to help a reader avoid skipping or rereading lines.
  • Develop greater reading comprehension: Once decoding errors are eliminated and fluency improves, striving readers can focus on the meaning of the text more readily.

With this in mind, the Greenburgh Public Library's Children's Library has a special collection of large print juvenile books of classic and popular titles for our young readers easily at hand. Here is a link to our complete list of large print holdings and below are our top 10 large print picks!

Cover Art The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Cover Art The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

 

 


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