Black Voices. Black Stories.

| By Tiffany Duck | As a peer reviewer for the Black Voices Standing Order Plan, I am excited about reviewing and selecting titles from diverse voices. It’s important to have representation from authors who identify as Black or African American but hail from countries all over the world. I’m also a member of the … Read more

School Library Journal Webinar, Level Up: Prep Your Literacy Toolkit

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 2:00 PM ET, hear from librarians who have found success after embracing large print and partnering with teachers to bring large print books into the classroom. They’ve seen wider usage, noticeable reading improvements, and happier readers! And because we believe that every library can successfully build and promote their … Read more

Youth Media Award Titles in Large Print

| By Gale Staff | Each year, the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials … Read more

Washington State Library Supports Student Literacy with Large Print Books

| By Gale Staff | Thorndike Press has partnered with Washington State Library to deploy a special collection of 30 large print books to 89 middle schools across Washington State. Research shows that large print text can improve reading confidence and skill level in students—allowing them to develop stronger reading skills. With this new partnership, … Read more

April Adventures Deliver Unique Journeys of Escapism

| By Gale Staff | Great reads can send you to faraway places, transporting you both physically and emotionally. Or, they can make you feel as if a mirror is being held to your life, capturing your state of being. Our April selections have the potential to do both as they explore the lives of … Read more

Fleeting Moments Create Inspirational Reads

| By Gale Staff | While we too are fans of love stories, especially in February, there are other roads and reads to exploring matters of the heart. This month’s selections tell stories of tragedy, race and class, and survival against all odds. These probing tales will prompt readers to consider the nuances of compassion, … Read more

2020 Vision – Set Your Sights on Great Reads

| By Gale Staff | Ready to review some great new titles to help readers dive into another year of discovery? This month we’re featuring a poignant story of a shattered Syrian family, a novel cited as both funny and disturbing, and a historical novel that explores the life of a powerful yet overlooked woman. … Read more

Weed It and Reap!

| By Gale Staff | It’s mid-June and it’s been a rainy spring, which means many things. The tomato seedlings are establishing a healthy root system. Lilac blossoms, intensely fragrant but short-lived, have briefly confetti-ed the lawn and blown away. Swollen peonies are unfurling like sails as we speak. The yard is muddy, dog tracked. … Read more

Striving Readers Can Succeed with Large Print

| By Gale Staff |

When it comes to print, size really does matter.  A larger font boosts decoding, fluency, and comprehension for young readers. Once these skills are strengthened, students once frustrated by reading, learning the English language, or struggling with developmental delays, such as ADD/ADHD or dyslexia, gain confidence to become enthusiastic, lifelong readers.

Making Reading More Accessible
Thorndike Press, a world leader in large print publishing, has supported older adults and the visually impaired since 1980, but the 16-point helps middle readers and young adults too, as it is proven to:

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Shame Reading

By Mary Kelly

When I first started out as a student, I thought my taste should gravitate to the “serious” and “important” works of literature. I kind of wanted to be that person that read Kafka or Joyce on the train or went to a poetry reading. I even wanted to wear a beret. I was hoping that I would be considered a “deep thinker” and an “intellectual” reader. I guess I wanted to be the early 1980s version of Rory Gilmore. No one needed to know that although I read widely on occasion (and sometimes with a gun to my head), I secretly loved books by the likes of Erica Jong, Jacqueline Susanne, and Sydney Sheldon. If it had a wild plot, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, I was a fan. I could chew these books up like candy. It was my secret shame reading list.

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