Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Object Books

What are Object Books?

Object book with shampoo bottles.Object books are similar to Language Experience Books, but may be more general than one specific experience. They can be used to explore routines (bath time, meal time, gym class), teach counting, or to reinforce concepts, such as big/little, short/tall, rough/smooth.

As the name suggests, object books are made using real objects, which should be taken from the student's daily activities and experiences. Whenever possible, students should be included in the creation of the object book.  It is important to begin with the part of an object which is most salient to a child and which represents her experience.  For example, when choosing an object to represent the playground, a small piece of wood chips that the student touches on the ground may better represent the experience than a miniature plastic swing.

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Demchak


An example of a book about routines

Picture of object book with two bars of soap.

Photo courtesy of MaryAnn Demchak



Picture of object book with soil in baggyPhoto courtesy of MaryAnn Demchak

In this object book a student helped to place soil in a ziploc baggy to describe the steps involved in planting a plant. This type of approach can be used to tell about something after it happened, as well as to prompt others or to serve as a reminder when doing the same activity.

For more information on making Object Books, see the following articles:

Making Object Books
MaryAnn Demchak, Nevada Dual Sensory Impairment Project: Tips for Home or School, October 2008

Object Books
By Millie Smith, Stacy Schafer, and Debra Sewell, TSBVI