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Pegboard Books for Our Earliest Readers

Pages in a pegboard book

Pegboard books provide a way for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to begin to explore books.  Based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen and her Active Learning approach, this format uses real objects attached to pieces of pegboard.  The common household materials that are selected have varied and interesting tactile properties, which encourage exploration. Ronda Dalley of the New Mexico School for the Blind shared this example of a pegboard book.


  • pegboard
  • shelving unit or frame to hold the book together
  • string, velcro, cable ties, or other way to secure the items to the book
  • interesting tactile materials, such as mirrors, brushes, socks, and other textured items


Once the book has been constructed, encourage children to explore each page, while providing support, as necessary.


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Common Core and Braille Standards

Kindergarten - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development : 

K.1.1b Turn braille pages correctly.

Kindergarten - Reading Comprehension: 

K.2.3 Connect life experiences and realia to the information and events in texts.

Collage of pegboard book


Pegboard Book

Posted by Marjorie Rhodes

Pegboard books

Posted by Tracy Wilks

Posted on January 28, 2017
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Pegboard Books for Our Earliest Readers

Tracy Wilks commented on February 1, 2017

This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the pictures!

Marjorie Rhodes commented on January 31, 2017

Love it, Rhonda!