Tactile books include a range of styles and elements for readers with visual impairments. They may include raised lines, bits of fabric or other types of material, and tactile graphics, and they may be homemade or store-bought. In general, it is very important to think about which tactile elements are included on a page, especially for very young readers, as too many tactile elements may be confusing. When creating pages, think about what the most important parts of the story are. For example, if this is a story about a girl who loses her mittens, perhaps a bit of wool in the shape of a mitten would be a helpful illustration.
For example, in the image below the text in print and braille says, "Here are my hands, for catching and throwing." The illustration is of a child with his arms reached up and his hands wide open to catch a ball. Outlining all of the visual elements would be too much for a single page for a young reader. Instead two child-sized hands have been cut out of sandpaper and attached to the bottom of the page. This emphasizes the hands, without detailing everything on the page. See Tactile Books for Very Young Children to learn more.
Other helpful pages include:
- Reach Out and Touch the Picture: From Concrete to Abstract Thinking
- Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children's Books