Tactile Book Advancement Group (TBAG )
Prizewinning tactile books
In 2008 the Tactile Book Advancement Group (TBAG) held an international competition to encourage more people to take up the challenge of designing and making books with effective tactile illustrations for visually-impaired children, and to raise awareness of the need for these books. The winners and highly commended books are as follows: (all the photographs are copyright of RNIB 2008)
Each album of images has an index of thumbnails. Click on each thumbnail to see a bigger picture and its attached information. To get back to this page click on index, then back to home.
Book for age 3-6
Book for age 7-12
Winner: Magic Boots by Vuoko Nyberg, Finland
Book designed/made by a person with a visual impairment
Winner: Sweetie by Sona Fialova, Slovakia
Book for age 13+ with additional learning difficulties
Although some interesting books were submitted in the age 13-plus with learning difficulties category, the judges did not feel able to award a prize, because, in most cases, the text and/or illustrations were felt to be too complicated for these youngsters. However, two of the entries were singled out for praise:
Boys by Hillary Hamilton, UK
Book for any age produced by a mainstream publisher
A number of UK mainstream publishers submitted books which they felt had sufficient tactile interest to appeal to a visually-impaired child.
The prize winning and highly commended books, along with some others which were thought to be particularly good, were displayed at the fourth International Tactile Graphics Conference in Birmingham on 4-5 December, and conference delegates were invited to vote for "the people's favourite". Ninety people with a strong interest in tactile graphics enjoyed the books and took the time to vote for their favourite, with 14 different books receiving votes. The result was:
Winner: Vers Pa Tvers by Anette Diesen, Norway
Runner-up: Silly Suzy Goose adapted by Robin Nation, New Zealand
Many thanks to everyone who took part in this competition and in so doing helped raise awareness of tactile books. Photographs of the prizewinning, books posted on this website, disseminate the good practice this competition has demonstrated.
A donation from the Miss J K Stirrup Charity Trust (Reg. No. 1099976) supported the running of the competition, and is enabling us (via this website) to disseminate the good practice demonstrated by the winning entries. We are grateful for this support, and also to the book designers who are generously sharing their ideas and experience here.