Barbara Allen, a parent from Maine, created tactile books for her son a number of years ago because she found that there was very little available to him then. She has kindly agreed to share one of her first tactile books with us in time for Halloween. This book has all of the best elements of children's books:
- A theme that the child is interested in
- Repetition and predictability
- Appeal to sighted children, as well as to those who are blind or visually impaired. This makes a big difference when reading aloud with other children, whether at home or at school.
- Numbers and counting are incorporated into the story.
- The story is written in print and braille, with colorful tactile illustrations. (The attached power point does not show the braille, but you can add it yourself.)
- book with large print and braille
- tactile illustrations
- Choose a theme in which the child is interested, such as holidays or special events.
- Repeat words or patterns, so that the child can predict what will happen next.
- Make the illustrations tactually, as well as visually appealing.
- The child can help to create the book.
- Have the child predict what will happen next.
- Help the child to create a similar book after reading this one.