Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Child Reading "Bumpy Rolls Away"

A young child reads "Bumpy Rolls Away"

This video clip of a young girl reading "Bumpy Rolls Away" demonstrates beautifully the way that an adult can support a child's interest in an early braille book.  Using a real ball to illustrate the book, the adult encourages the child to turn the pages herself and to explore each page independently.  The adult avoids manipulating the child's hand, but rather invites her to find Bumpy on certain pages, while also following the child's lead.

The clip was posted originally by The Early Literacy Program for Children with Visual Impairments (ELVI), which is a partnership of service providers, parents, and organizations dedicated to supporting early literacy development for young children who are blind or visually impaired.  Based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, they have created a website that includes resources, research, a blog and other materials.

Open page of Bumpy Rolls Away


Bumpy Rolls Away is available from APH as part of the series On the Way to Literacy.


Posted on January 17, 2013
Updated on: April 15, 2021