Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Mommy Book

Book with hearts and says "Mommy Loves You"

I have a 4 year old child (almost 5) who is deaf-blind. I had to leave for a conference for a few days for a project I was working on. It was my first time leaving my kiddos for that long. I wanted to create something that my son could look at while I was gone so he knew I missed him and loved him. Something he could use to communicate about me, to others, while I was gone as well. That is how I came up with the Mommy Book.



  • Pencil zipper pocket pouch
  • Scrapbook / textured paper
  • Fabric
  • Binding materials
  • Braille labels & brailler
  • Any items you want to put in / attach to book



Page 1:
The book I made for my son had a pencil zipper pocket pouch where I placed a ring that was similar to the ring I wear. I used the pouch as Page 1. Liam uses my ring as one of the ways he identifies me. You could put any type of object in the pouch that the child may use to identify the person.
Page 2:
I put the names of people Mommy loves…I put tactile symbols and also Braille. I used very simple words and symbols/objects. This can be adapted to whatever level your child is at. 

Hand holding a ring in front of zipper pocket of mommy book

Page 3:
I put a variety of different textured hearts on the page. I then put that “Mommy Loves you” in Braille. Again, the tactile pictures and wording can be changed to fit your situation.
Page 4: 
I traced my hand and used fabric puffy paint to outline my hand. My son LOVES to give fives, so I put the words “Mommy Five” in Braille. Before I left, we read the book together and I put my hand on the book and had my son trace my hand with his finger and feel the puffy paint as he traced my hand. 
Page 5:
Smell Page! I put a piece of fabric and sprayed some of the perfume I always wear. 
Read the story with your child a couple of days before you leave. Give instructions, to whoever is caring for your child while you have to be away, on how to read the book with your child. I also let my son bring it to school to share with his teachers-he liked that!


The Mommy Book could be changed to a Daddy Book, Grandma and Grandpa Book, My Family Book, etc.

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Awesome idea!

Posted by fayegonzalez

Posted on March 20, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Mommy Book

fayegonzalez commented on April 11, 2014

What an amazing idea!  Since I am a teacher, I'm thinking about how this idea could be used at school - students could write a book about one of their family members to take home and share.  After writing the book, the student could practice reading it at school so that when they take it home, they can read it to their family member.  How special would that be?!