Large print books have a legacy of supporting reading engagement and proficiency in older adults, leading to a narrow – and inaccurate – view of the format’s usefulness.

A 2019 report from the National Center for Education Statistics found that the average eighth-grade reading score has declined, indicating a dire need for new solutions to support student reading efforts – large print text is one easy-to-implement option.

As a former librarian, I’ve seen the positive difference that large print text can make for young readers – but don’t just take my word for it. A

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  • About the Author:

    After working for 20 years in education as a teacher, librarian, digital learning specialist and district-level administrator, Jennifer Shafer joined the team at Thorndike Press as an education consultant to bring awareness of the power of large print for striving readers and help in the fight for student literacy.