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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.

Please email us at

Look forward to hearing from you.

Join us in the 2.6 Challenge

In these extraordinary times we are working hard to make sure you can still have new books to read and have moved our operations to a temporary home to enable us to send and receive new loans as much as possible!

We understand that our books are a lifeline and we are absolutely committed to continuing to provide our library service. But we are facing huge challenges including the loss of significant income from planned funding. All over the country charities are joining together in the 2.6 challenge from this Sunday 26th April to get people hopping, skipping, dancing and being creative at home to raise £26 (or £260) in aide of their chosen charity. Please give your support to ensure we can continue to operate in these difficult and unprecedented times.

What to do next...

Its as simple as 1, 2, 3....

  1. Pick a challenge for Sunday 26th April (click here for lots of ideas and to download your family activity pack)
  2. Go to and click on 'Start Fundraising' to set up an online fundraising page for the 2.6 Challenge in aid of ClearVision.
  3. Promote your fundraising to friends and family using your link via Facebook, WhatsApp, twitter, instagram, email and text!

We are here to help you every step of the way so please contact us at if you need any help at all and make sure to send us through your photos, videos and stories!

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