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​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.

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 on Monday 4th, Wednesday 6th and Tuesday 19th October. 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.

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.

A Happy New Year to all our readers

The ClearVision library is remaining open through this lockdown. Please return book bags and boxes to the usual address. Do let us know if there are any changes in your requirements - for example if your school is closed and you would like books sent to an alternative address.

Welcome to our website at the beginning of the new term.

We are back in our usual building. Please send all ClearVision boxes and book bags back to the usual ClearVision address. Throughout the office closure our dedicated team of Braillists have been hard at work. We have expanded our short chapter book collection. Also many new titles in the books for younger children both fiction and topic books.

We are sending out books ...

We are now able to offer a library service to all our members, families, schools and vision support services. Please get in touch to continue your membership and receive books. We are operating from a temporary office. Please DO NOT send the book bags back to the usual ClearVision address. Please email to be given a temporary address. If getting to a post office is an issue we are happy, for the time being, to send out a bag of books without the return of your current loan.

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Look forward to hearing from you.

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