Tactile Book Advancement Group (TBAG )
There are very few books you can buy which have been designed and produced especially for children with a visual impairment. We have listed possible sources of these specialist tactile books below and would be glad to receive any further suggestions.
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Accessible Images books, 10 titles are already available, and are all detailed in the RNIB shop
The current titles are:
British Water Birds
Each book consists of 6 coloured large print and tactile (swell paper) images with a description in large print or grade 2 braille.
RNIB stock a small range of tactile books for children including six FingerFun books available in either Grade 1 or Grade 2 braille.
These are simple stories in large print with bold black and white illustrations and a robust, brightly-coloured thermoform (plastic) illustration of an everyday object at every page opening.
100 copies of the winning books in the European Tactus Tactile Book Competition are produced in English and sold through RNIB each year at the subsidised price of £10 each.
Olive Cowen leads a small team of volunteers who produce tactile versions of mainstream children’s picture books. These books contain detailed tactile illustrations using real objects and textures. A small quantity of each title is produced and books cost £6-£15.
Dickory Dock Designs
Dickory Dock Designs sells a Daisy Counting Book which was designed for visually-impaired children.
The books is made of brightly-coloured washable fabric; counters and objects can be moved from page to page to provide a variety of counting activities. Price c. £35.
Bag Books sell tactile/multi-sensory story packs designed for children and young people with severe and multiple disabilities, including visual impairment.
I read with my hands
Tactile Vision Inc. - Canadian
National Braille Press - Boston, USA
You can find more information via our links page
If you know of a source that sells children's tactile books please contact us
Books with some tactile content from mainstream publishers
Some novelty board books from mainstream publishers have enough varied and meaningful tactile elements to make them worth trying with children who cannot see the printed pictures. We have identified some of these mainstream books with tactile content below but there are many more.
Details were submitted by people who have used these books with blind or partially sighted children with varying success, and are listed to show what is possible, not be read as an endorsement of any book, author or publisher.