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Braille and Tactile Book Adaptions

Polar bear book with tactile symbols

I love the books that have a sound button you can press associated with the text and picture.  For an emergent braille reader, these books are an easy and great way to provide accessible reading. First, I make and label the book in braille. Then, I pick a texture that is symbolic of the picture and glue it to the page and the corresponding button.


  • Braille adhesive labels
  • Various tactile materials such as; feathers, felt, scrapbook paper, APH texture paper, old clothing, sequins, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Braille the print from the book on braille adhesive paper and add to book
  2. Go through each page of the book and decide what texture you would like to use to highlight an element of the picture or text
  3. Cut out texture to fit onto picture/page and also a small amount to be glued onto the sound button
  4. Glue on all textures to pages and buttons

tactile flamingotactile zebra



  • Read the book wtih the student and have them help you decide what textures to put on the book that makes sense to them
  • After creating a tactile book, I go through it with the student to explain the textures used and why they are used for example, I used sequins on the snake to represent his scaley skin.

Snake with scales

Collage of polar bear


This will be a great touch

Posted by tenille martin

In the offering stage of

Posted by Amy Stout


Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Posted on April 22, 2016
Updated on: December 19, 2018

Previous comments for Braille and Tactile Book Adaptions

Charlotte Cushman commented on January 14, 2017

Hi Amy,

Are you thinking of "Offering", as described by Dr. Lilli Nielsen in her Active Learning approach?  If so, here is a good place to learn more about it:  You'll find some videos demonstrating this technique, as well as providing some background information.  

To find out which materials to try in this phase, please visit the section on Materials:  

Amy Stout commented on January 13, 2017

In the offering stage of learning, how do I find out all the types of items used during this stage?

tenille martin commented on January 12, 2017

This will be a great touch and feel book we can do together. Very excited!