I love the books that have a sound button you can press associated with the text and picture. For an emergent braille reader, these books are an easy and great way to provide accessible reading. First, I make and label the book in braille. Then, I pick a texture that is symbolic of the picture and glue it to the page and the corresponding button.
- Braille adhesive labels
- Various tactile materials such as; feathers, felt, scrapbook paper, APH texture paper, old clothing, sequins, etc.
- Hot glue gun
- Braille the print from the book on braille adhesive paper and add to book
- Go through each page of the book and decide what texture you would like to use to highlight an element of the picture or text
- Cut out texture to fit onto picture/page and also a small amount to be glued onto the sound button
- Glue on all textures to pages and buttons
- Read the book wtih the student and have them help you decide what textures to put on the book that makes sense to them
- After creating a tactile book, I go through it with the student to explain the textures used and why they are used for example, I used sequins on the snake to represent his scaley skin.