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Provide a well-rounded reading experience for emerging bilingual students with Spanish-language youth large print. With a 16-point font and fewer words per page, youth large print is an equitable reading resource proven to help young learners improve decoding and fluency, strengthen comprehension, and become more confident readers.*

Growing demand has made it clear that Spanish youth large print makes a difference for English language learners (ELLs). Thorndike Press is thrilled to publish our first 17 Spanish youth large print titles for grades 3–12 in February 2024.

See the Large Print Difference

With a 16-point font, expanded line spacing, and fewer words per page, large print helps students turn pages faster and stay engaged while reading. Plus, young readers can enjoy the full experience of reading trendy youth titles without anyone knowing they’re reading large print. Thorndike Press youth large print books are unabridged, have the same cover art as the standard print editions, are similar in size and weight to the standard editions, and don’t have the words “large print” on the outside of the books.

All Thorndike Press Spanish youth large print books are completely unabridged and similar in size and weight to the standard print editions.

Spanish youth large print titles always have the same cover art and illustrations as the original editions.

An inviting back-cover synopsis intrigues readers, and the words “Large Print” are never featured on the outside of youth large print books.

Browse Spanish-language titles below by juvenile and young adult genres, and pre-order your top picks for Spanish-speaking readers. These 17 titles are also available in English in our collection of over 1,100 highly acclaimed youth large print books. Order multiple copies in English and Spanish to bring your language learners an inclusive reading experience. All Thorndike Press Spanish youth large print titles are also available through major wholesalers.

Explore Spanish Youth Large Print Titles

The first Spanish youth large print collection from Thorndike Press includes 17 popular juvenile and young adult titles. All Spanish titles are also available in English youth large print—offer copies in both languages to provide a well-rounded reading experience for your ELs.


Thorndike Press Spanish Juvenile Titles:

Lupe Wong no baila (Lupe Wong Won’t Dance)
Donna Barba Higuera
Spanish: 9798885795036 
English: 9781432899752
Ages 8–12, Grades 3–7
A feisty Chinese Mexican American 7th grader wants to be the first female pitcher in the MLB.
Booklist and Kirkus

La última cuentista (The Last Cuentista)
Donna Barba Higuera         
Spanish: 9798885795029
English: 9781432899714
Ages 10–14, Grades 5–9   
Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children have been chosen to journey to a new planet. 
Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and SL

Efrén dividido (Efrén Divided) 
Ernesto Cisneros
Spanish: 9798885795012
English: 9781432888947                    
Ages 8–12, Grades 3–7   
Efrén worries about his parents; although he’s American-born, his parents are undocumented.
Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly

Estrella de mar (Starfish)
Lisa Fipps     
Spanish: 9798885795005
English: 9781432890964         
Ages 10+, Grades 5+
Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed but has allies who love her as she is. With this support, Ellie might cast aside the Fat Girl Rules.
Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly

Escuela de espías (Spy School, Spy School Series, Book 1)
Stuart Gibbs
Spanish: 9798885793803
English: 9798885796743
Ages 8–12, Grades 3–7
Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his school to attend the CIA’s secretive Espionage Academy, an elite science school.

Campamento de espías (Spy Camp, Spy School Series, Book 2)
Stuart Gibbs
Spanish: 9798885793810
English: 9798885796750
Ages 8–12, Grades 3–7
As Ben, a student at the CIA’s school for future agents, goes to spy camp, he receives a threat from the evil organization SPYDER.

Merci Suárez se pone las pilas (Merci Suárez Changes Gears)
Meg Medina
Spanish: 9798885792448
English: 9781432860363
Ages 9–12, Grades 4–7
Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly
Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suárez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between.

Merci Suárez no sabe bailar (Merci Suárez Can’t Dance)
Meg Medina
Spanish: 9798885792455
English: 9781432886905
Ages 9–12, Grades 4–7
★ Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly
Merci takes on seventh grade, with all its travails of friendship, family, love—and finding your rhythm.

Tumbos (Tumble)
Celia C. Pérez
Spanish: 9798885794992
English: 9798885782685
Ages 9–12, Grades 4–7
★ Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and SLJ
A young girl collects the missing pieces of her origin story from a family of legendary luchadores she’s never met.

Fantasma (Ghost, Track Series, Book 1)
Jason Reynolds
Spanish: 9798885795050
English: 9781432860868
Ages 10+, Grades 5+
★ Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and SLJ
Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down.

Patina (Track Series, Book 2)
Jason Reynolds
Spanish: 9798885795067
English: 9781432865795
Ages 10+, Grades 5+
Booklist and Kirkus
A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons.

Thorndike Press Spanish Young Adult Titles:

Antes de ser libres (Before We Were Free)
Julia Alvarez
Spanish: 9798885795074
English: 9798885795135
Ages 12+, Grades 7–10
Publishers Weekly
Anita is surprised to discover her family is involved in the secret movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator General Trujillo.

Alas salvajes (Wings in the Wild)
Margarita Engle
Spanish: 9798885795043
English: 9798885795142
Ages 12+, Grades 7–10
★ Kirkus and Publishers Weekly
The Cuban government arrests Soleida’s artist parents, forcing her to escape alone to Central America where she meets Dariel.

Yaqui Delgado quiere darte una paliza (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass)
Meg Medina
Spanish: 9798885792431
English: 9781432874216
Ages 14+, Grades 8–11
★ Kirkus and SLJ
Piddy Sanchez deals with bullying at her new school and struggles to survive, discovering who she really is.

Las fuentes del silencio (The Fountains of Silence)
Ruta Sepetys
Spanish: 9798885795517
English: 9781432870331
Ages 12+, Grades 7–12
Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly
Under the grasp of the Spanish Civil War, Daniel, son of an oil tycoon, is introduced to Ana through his passion for photography.

Y si lo logramos: una historia Nuyorican (When We Make It: A Nuyorican Novel)
Elizabet Velasquez
Spanish: 9798885794985
English: 9798885797375
Ages 14+, Grades 8–11
★ Booklist, Kirkus, and SLJ
Sarai navigates the strain of family traumas, the pressures of toxic masculinity, and housing insecurity in a gentrifying Brooklyn.

Yo no soy tu perfecta hija Mexicana (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter)
Erika L. Sánchez
Spanish: 9798885795524
English: 9781432874391
Ages 14+, Grades 9–12
Julia must come to terms with losing her sister and finding herself amid the pressures of growing up in a Mexican American home.

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* “Advancing Literacy with Large Print,” Project Tomorrow and Thorndike Press, September 2019.