Tactile books are amazing things: they're books in which all the pictures are made up of different 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 in all areas of their life, especially if they might learn braille.
They can be made of collage, fabric, 3D printing, plastic vacuum-formed round real objects, and in many other ways. For more about these brilliant books, check out our video here:
Tactile Books: What They Are And Who They're For
The Typhlo and Tactus International Tactile Book Competition is help every two years to encourage tactile book creation across the globe. This year is its 20th anniversary. Judging will take place in Brussels in October 2019, with a prize of 1000 Euros for the overall winner.
This brilliant contest is free to enter and open to anyone- whether it's their first try at making a tactile book or their twentieth! We've had wonderful 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.
Here's our video about the competition
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 16th August 2019. Up to five books will be selected and submitted to the international judging.
For more information on designing and making a tactile book, please see our videos: Designing a Tactile Book, and Making A Tactile Book: Practicalities:
Alternatively, visit our Making Tactile Books webpage.
You can find the competition's full rules here, the entry form here and the website of the Typhlo and Tactus competition, with information about previous winners, at www.tactus.org. If you have questions, please contact ClearVision on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8789 9575.