Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Pegboard Books for Our Earliest Readers

Pages in a pegboard book

Pegboard books provide a way for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to begin to explore books.  Based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen and her Active Learning approach, this format uses real objects attached to pieces of pegboard.  The common household materials that are selected have varied and interesting tactile properties, which encourage exploration. Ronda Dalley of the New Mexico School for the Blind shared this example of a pegboard book.


  • pegboard
  • shelving unit or frame to hold the book together
  • string, velcro, cable ties, or other way to secure the items to the book
  • interesting tactile materials, such as mirrors, brushes, socks, and other textured items


Once the book has been constructed, encourage children to explore each page, while providing support, as necessary.


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Collage of pegboard book

Braille Standard

Kindergarten - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development : 

K.1.1b Turn braille pages correctly.

Kindergarten - Reading Comprehension: 

K.2.3 Connect life experiences and realia to the information and events in texts.


Pegboard Book

Posted by Marjorie Rhodes

Love it, Rhonda!

Pegboard books

Posted by Tracy Wilks

This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the pictures!