Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Little Paths Tactile Book

Little Paths cover

Little Paths is the latest book for emerging tactile readers.  Available from APH (American Printing House for the Blind), Little Paths was written by Catherine Colin and is ideal for promoting tracking skills and encouraging texture discrimination. It is intended to be read aloud and shared with children who are visually impaired.

This simple tactile book features more than 10 diverse textures for the young child to trace with his or her fingers. Set against a black background, the colorful paths are easily seen and felt. The print/braille text, contracted Unified English Braille (UEB), tells the story of rough, rugged paths, paths that zig and zag, and paths like waves.

For emergent print readers, pictures act as an important bridge for a child who is a visual learner, helping him take a more active role in reading, as a listener and as a reader. Books with tactile illustrations support the child who is a tactual learner in similar, important ways, offering him opportunities to:
 
  • Build exploratory skills
  • Build tactile discrimination skills
  • Encounter spatial relationships
  • Conventions of 2 dimensional graphics
 
The clear, silk screened braille is of high quality and extremely durable. Originally produced in French, the English version is produced for APH by Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (LDQR) workshop in Dijon, France. Since its beginning in 1994, LDQR has produced more than 40,000 tactile illustrated books in multiple languages.
 
Pages from Little Paths book
 
Tactile book from APH