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Braille Books from DK

Animal book review

The DK Braille Series a set of 5 books for children who are blind or visually impaired, which were recently published by a division of Penguin Random Book.  The aim was to produce a series of high-quality, custom books with braille and tactile images for children with visual impairments, or sighted children with blind parents.   

Each of the books in the series combines images with high-contrast colors to maximize any sight that readers with low vision may have. The images in the books are embossed and printed text appears above braille on the page, allowing family members or friends to participate in a shared learning experience, whether they are sighted or visually impaired.  All of the books are in UEB, uncontracted braille.

Titles in the DK Braille series:

Cover of Counting
Go on a counting adventure in the park and learn how to count all the way to ten in this board book. ($14.99; 9781465436139)
Feel the difference between a circle and triangle as the rhyming story guides readers through the pages. ($14.99; 9781465436122)
From submarines deep in the ocean to hot air balloons in the sky, this book covers all the exciting forms of travel. ($22.99; 9781465436108)
Take a walk on the wild side and learn fascinating facts about lions, elephants, koalas, and more.  ($22.99; 9781465436115)
How big is the Sun? What is the smallest bird? Where is the tallest building? Find out the answers to these questions and more this book suitable for older children.  ($29.99; 9781465444066)



Book Review by Braille Reader

We invited a young braille reader to review these books and his mother shares her feedback below.A young boy reads the shape book.

Liam's Review (written by his mother)

My son Liam is 6 years old (almost 7!) and he attends first grade in a mainstream classroom.  He is a braille reader and he happens to be deafblind.  His favorite things include books and all things braille so he was very excited to get his hands on the two new books.

Shape Book:


My son loved the variety of shapes and textures mixed with the cut out shapes.  He liked how the cutouts continued to other pages.  He loved exploring this book. As a mother I appreciated a well--made book that both my boys could enjoy (I have a younger son that has typical vision and hearing).  I appreciated the tactile detail that made the book very appealing to my son. There are not many books out there like that (and I would know!  I usually end up having to make books for my son because there are not enough out there!)  I also liked that it didn't look like a baby book.  


  • My only complaint is that the book was written in Grade 1 (uncontracted) braille.  My son is learning to read using Grade 2 (contracted) braille, so he did not recognize quite a few of the words.  
  • The braille "dots" could be raised a bit more.  My son did not have any problem reading the braill,  but my concern is that it may wear down quickly and it is not as easy to read as it could be.  

Animal book:


A young boy signs as he reads the book

What a fun and motivating book!  I loved how it included a table of contents, labels, and other non-fiction conventions that would be included in books that his peers would be reading in class!  Again, I liked that it would be a book that could be enjoyed by both of my boys.  I loved how the graphics had a variety of textures, not JUST the outline of the shape.  Liam especially loved the soft textures and the snake and the tiger's stripes!   I really, really wish there were more "big boy" books out there like this!  Nicely done!  If you made more non-fiction books like this I would definitely purchase some and also encourage my son's school to do the same!  Thank you for considering our children with vision impairments and making them quality motivating books! smiley  LOVE IT!


  • My only complaint is that the book is written in Grade 1 (uncontracted) Braille.  My son is learning to read using Grade 2 (contracted), so he did not recognize quite a few of the words.  
  • The braille dots could be raised a bit more.  My son did not have any problem reading the braille, but my concern is that it may wear down quickly and is not as easy to read as it could be.  


Readin Animal book coverA young boy reads the table of contents.

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DK Braille Book Series

Posted by Van S. White

The books featured on this web page are not in UEB.

Posted by Van

Whoops.. I regret writing the previous title...

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Good News!

Posted by Van S. White

Posted on May 13, 2016
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Braille Books from DK

Van S. White commented on May 26, 2016

Thank you, that's excellent! :)

Charlotte@Perkins commented on May 26, 2016

A number of people have been writing to say that they would like to see these books offered in contracted braille and I have shared this feedback with the publisher.  They have told me that they are looking to do future titles in contracted braille.  We'll share this information here on Paths to Literacy when we learn more!

Van S. White commented on May 25, 2016

The books are in UEB...just not with any contractions.

Van commented on May 25, 2016

Hello Charlotte,
Thank you for your response.
I should re-phrase my inquiry: I'm looking for UEB, "contracted braille"! --That is what I meant to be asking for anyway.
Hopefully, DK is thinking of reproducing these and producing more using UEB contracted braille in the future.
Still, 'very exciting to see!

Charlotte@Perkins commented on May 23, 2016

Thank you for asking.  The books are in UEB.

Van S. White commented on May 20, 2016

It's very exciting to see DK coming out with books for kids in braille!

Is there any news that they may be producing some books in the United English Braille code in the future?