A page from a picture book has braille text added and two sandpaper hands illustrating the text about hands.

Tactile Books for Children

Make early reading meaningful

Creating exciting early literacy can involve adapting existing books and/or creating your own. Always base reading on lived experiences with real objects and people.  Adding tactile features to an existing book, and/or accompanying the book reading with real objects that are interesting brings the concepts and the book to life.  How do you make reading meaningful and fun?

Fine motor skills

Tips to develop hand skills in young readers

Children who are tactile learners need to strengthen their fine motor skills in order to be ready for braille instruction. Get ideas to increase tactile discrimination, finger isolation, hand strength, bimanual coordination, tracking, and more. Do you know how to make these activities fun and engaging for young learners?

A child's hands reading a line of braille
A young child with her right hand on the keys of a braillenote.

Assistive technology

When should assistive technology be introduced to young children?

How do we introduce braille literacy through assistive technology for young children with visual impairments? We make it fun, developmental, and meaningful!  Watch a video demonstration showing how tech skills, such as scrolling and 4-chords, can be introduced using a braille notetaker, while also working on attention to auditory details.  How do you introduce tech to young children?

Joseph’s bath book

Watch this short video example of a young boy reading an object book about bath time. Note how real objects are attached to each page in this interactive book.