This webpage, https://www.fonts.com/content/learning/fyti/situational-typography/typography-for-children, provides useful insight into how young children read words.
What I learned from this page:
- Don’t put too much text on a page
- Ensure good contrast levels between text and background
- Don’t use condensed or expanded typefaces – make it harder to read
- Don’t use anything too stylised, except for headers “Headline or title type gives you the opportunity to be more playful in style, color and layout, since there are fewer words to read. Decorated typestyles, lots of color, and curved and jumping baselines can all be used to attract and entertain the young reader. Keeping it light and fun is the key to keeping a young reader interested and turning pages.”
Another page with useful information: https://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2011/06/effective-use-of-typography-in-applications-for-children-3.php
“..it is advisable to stay away from distorted, decorative, or cursive letterforms. Some fonts that offer optimized legibility, because they were designed specifically for kids, include the Sasoon font family and Gill Sans Schoolbook.“