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.
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. We’ll be holding online workshops on Monday 26th April at 1pm, Saturday 8th May at 8pm and Tuesday 11th May at 8pm (all the same content, so only sign up for one!). If you’d like to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link, telling us which you’d like to attend.
You can find 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 email@example.com or 020 8789 9575.