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2021 Typhlo & Tactus Tactile Book Contest

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Book Lovers: Enter the 2021 Typhlo & Tactus Contest!

Do you have a story you’ve written that can be turned into a tactile illustrated book? Have you read a story or have a favorite children’s book that can be adapted for a child between the ages of 3 and 12 who would enjoy tactile illustrations? Then don’t miss your chance to submit your tactile book in the Typhlo & Tactus Competition.

What is the Typhlo & Tactus Contest?

This popular international contest encourages creators to make a tactile book prototype for young children with visual impairments. Tactile books provide a child’s first, fun introduction to tactile illustrations and provides their first pleasant experiences refining their tactile skills, fine motor abilities, and exploratory skills. Children learn symbolic representations from tactile books and become acquainted with the basic conventions of tactile displays, which they will use in textbooks and other accessible, tactile resources later in life. And they learn all these things from fun books that anyone can enjoy!

Who Can Enter the Contest?

Everyone is invited to enter the contest. Book prototypes must include large type, bright and contrasting color design, and engaging tactile elements that would make your book come alive for exploring fingers. The inclusion of braille is strongly recommended, and we can help you do that. We especially invite scrapbookers, illustrators, authors, all who love the book arts, and all creatives who care for young readers with vision loss.

Sponsors in Each Country

As the sponsor of the contest in the United States, APH will award $300 for First Place, $200 for Second Place, and $100 for Third Place. The entries will be selected by a local panel of judges. The winners of the U.S. competition will go on to the international competition.

Entries in the United States are due on August 10, 2021. For more information in the United States, contact Rob Guillen rguillen@aph.org or 1-800-223-1839, extension 242. 

Information for countries outside the USA.

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