Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Beginning Story Box: Little Rabbit's Bedtime

Photo of picture book with sponge and rubber duck as part of story box
Storyboxes are a collection of real objects that correspond to the illustrations or events in a story.  I like to begin with very simple stories that describe events from the child’s own experience, such as bedtime, bath or mealtime. Little Rabbit’s Bedtime, by Alan Baker is a great example of this.



Cover of Little Rabbit's Bedtime
  • story book
  • objects to illustrate or support the story, such as a sponge, rubber duck, towel, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • box in which to store all of the objects and the book
  • braille labels for each page


Photo of pages of book with toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Gather the objects mentioned in the story, such as a sponge, a rubber ducky, a fluffy towel, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Put braille text on each page of the book, using adhesive pages or labels.
  • Use the objects as illustrations to help to tell the story.



  • The story box can be sent home for a week at a time, to allow children to share with their families
  • There are endless numbers of stories that can be made into story boxes!

little rabbit collage



childcare assistant educator

Posted by Eileen Bourgeault

Posted on October 25, 2012
Updated on: January 18, 2019

Previous comments for Beginning Story Box: Little Rabbit's Bedtime

Eileen Bourgeault commented on November 9, 2012

Thank you! I have been looking for ideas to include a sight-impaired student so she can work with children in a pre-school. This is an excellent strategy for all of my students!