Which Typefaces for Reading Primers?

Nymus's picture

Which typefaces have been used in the past and which are used nowadays in Reading Primers?


William Berkson's picture

Century Schoolbook for starters.

hrant's picture

Sassoon for seconds.


stimopo's picture

More recently – Comic Sans.

The following references may help:

Walker, S. & Reynolds, L. (2002/2003). ‘Serifs, sans serifs and infant characters in children’s reading books’ Information Design Journal, 33(2/3) pp. 106-122.

Walker, S. (2005). ‘The books that nobody sees: typography in children’s reading books’ Baseline, No. 48, pp. 25-32.

Walker, S. (n.d.) Testing typography in primary schools [online]. Available at:

Coghill, V. (1980). ‘Can children read familiar words set in unfamiliar type?’ Information Design Journal. 1(4), pp. 254-260.

Nymus's picture

Thank you very much guys !

Nymus's picture

Hello Stine,
Thank you very much for your most valuable feedback.
I am going to try to get the articles that you mentioned.

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