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Could YOU make a tactile book?

Clearvision is home to the UK's only lending library of books with textured tactile pictures. This means that all the illustrations are made up of different materials, which feel like the object they're representing, for example, a tree would have rough material for its bark, and cool, smooth fabric for the leaves.

Tactile book showing Guide Dog WittyIn the picture on the right here, Guide Dog Witty has a soft furry coat and a shiny nylon and rough leather harness. These pictures are great for helping children understand the purpose of illustrations: to represent something from the real world (or someone's imagination) in a book. They're also a lot of fun! Many children, and adults too, love tactile pictures, and we're delighted to be able to lend these books through nurseries, schools, colleges and Sensory Support Services. The majority of our books are made by volunteers., who create them through sewing or collage.

We're put putting on some free Zoom workshops on how to make a tactile book, ahead of the Typhlo and Tactus international tactile book competition. Anyone can give it a go. They're running at 8pm on Monday 17th January, and Tuesday 1st February 2022. They’re all the same (so you only need to sign up for one!) and will run for one and a half to two hours. Signup for each closes three days before the class, email to book a place.

In the mean time, visit our Making Tactile Books webpage for the basics and see the videos below.

Tactile books: what they are and who they’re for

Designing a tactile book:

Making a tactile book: practicalities

Support ClearVision By Christmas Card!

ClearVision's beautiful Barn Owl Christmas cards go on sale today. They're £3 for a pack of 10, plus postage and packing. Contact the office on or 0208 789 9575 to buy some and support our work, getting brilliant books to the children and families who need them.

Wonderful job opportunity: ClearVision library Administrator

We’re hiring! ClearVision's long-serving Library Administrator is retiring, and the search is on for our new Library Administrator. This is a lovely job, getting to choose and send books to all the families, individuals, schools, libraries and Sensory Support Services which ClearVision supports. It also involves supporting families and organisations with their memberships and cataloguing new books. You don't have to know braille!

15 hours per week. £9,540 per annum (£23,850 full time equivalent), based in our library in Southfields, London.

To apply for this enjoyable and rewarding post please complete and return the Library Administrator application form with reference to the Job Description, Person Specification and Information About ClearVision. Please also send us your equality and diversity monitoring form. You can email them to or send them to our postal address. Please contact us if you have difficulties accessing any of these documents, would like them in another format (for example, without boxes or tables) or if you’d like us to post you hard copies.

The closing date for applications is midnight 30th November, shortlisting will take place in the first week of December with interviews in the week commencing 6th December. The selected candidate will be subject to an enhanced check by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, previously known as a CRB or Criminal Records Bureau check).

ClearVision is an Equal Opportunities employer. See our Equal Opportunities and diversity policy statement.

We hope you -or someone you know- will want to apply for this interesting role with our unique library service.

​More time- Typhlo and Tactus competition postponed!

More time- Typhlo and Tactus competition postponed! An image from a tactile book of Jack and the Beanstalk. On the right hand page is a picture of Jackholfing a bag of gold coins, on the left hand page is the text in print and braille, some gold coins and large black giant's boots.

Due to the disruption caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the international judging round of the world-famous Typho and Tactus tactile book competition has been postponed. To give UK book designers the maximum time to work on their entries, we’ve decided to postpone the UK judging round too. The new deadline for books to arrive at ClearVision for judging is 28th February 2022. Download an Typhlo and Tactus entry form 2022. Here are the Typhlo and Tactus rules 2022

If you’ve already entered one or more books, don’t worry, you don’t have to resubmit them, they’ll be entered automatically on the new date. If you’d like to enter a second or subsequent book, you’re welcome to do so.

If you’re new to the contest or indeed the whole world of tactile books, entering the competition is a great way to get feedback on your creations. Tactile books are incredible books in which all the illustrations are specially designed to be explored by touch- though they can include sounds and smells too!- perfect for children with sight impairment. Anyone can make one. The judges will be looking for a robust and exciting book, suitable for children aged 12 or under with little or no sight.

Visit our Making Tactile Books webpage for the basics and see the videos below for advice on designing and constructing a tactile book.

Why not attend one of our free Zoom workshops to learn more? They are running at 8pm 17th January and 1st February 2022. They’re the same (so you only need to sign up for one!) and will run for one and a half to two hours. Signup for each closes three days before the class, email to book a place.

Tactile books: what they are and who they’re for

Designing a tactile book:

Making a tactile book: practicalities

Amazing tactile books- and an international competition!

Tactile image books are incredible: they're books in which all the pictures are made up of different objects, shapes and textures, specifically designed to be explored by touch. They let children who have little or no sight enjoy picture books just like sighted children do, and help them build up valuable touch skills which will be useful for navigating life without vision, especially if they might learn braille. They can be made of fabric, collage, 3D printing, plastic vacuum-formed round real objects, and in many other ways.

The Typhlo and Tactus International Tactile Book Competition is held every two years to encourage tactile book creation across the world. This year, judging will take place in Italy in October, with a prize of 500 Euros for the overall winner. ClearVision will be holding the UK judging round in September. Up to five books will be selected and submitted to the international judging.

This brilliant contest is free to enter and open to anyone- whether it's your first try at making a tactile book or your twentieth! We've had great entries in past years from parents, artists, teachers, stitching groups, crafters and students. The judges will be looking for books which are exciting and entertaining for children up to age 12 who have little or no sight, and are strong enough to take enthusiastic exploring by touch.

If you're interested in entering a book, the application form can be found here and the full rules here. Hurry though, the deadline for books to be at the ClearVision library is 29th August 2021.

For more information on designing and making a tactile book, please see our videos below and visit our Making Tactile Books webpage for the basics.

You can find the website of the Typhlo and Tactus competition, with information about previous winners, at If you have questions, please contact ClearVision on or 020 8789 9575.

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