We’ve got some exciting news for you. Living Paintings have launched Wigwam – a new Discovery Hub all about picture books for blind and partially sighted children. It is jam packed full of book news, reviews and ideas for fun things to make and do. We also recommend places to visit to find out more about stories, books and the joy of reading.
Even better, our first children’s author-in-residence on Wigwam is David Melling. We’ve adapted three of David’s books – Just Like My Mum, Just Like My Dad and Flying Diggers – into Touch to See. David’s recent series of books about lovable bear, Hugless Douglas, are immensely popular. David will be illustrating regular blog posts for us and telling us about life as a best-selling children’s author.
Our Touch to See library is full of fabulous picture books suitable for children aged 2 upwards. We’ve got everything from the ever-popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo through to modern classics like Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found and Charlie and Lola. Blind and partially sighted children can enjoy them in the same way as their sighted friends, using our unique combination of Braille text, painted raised images and audio description.
To show what an amazing resource our books are, we’ve grouped some of them into special Collections. These include the Get Active Collection which is full of books which help children get up and get moving. We’ve also got books on People Who Help Us (like the firefighter from Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker above) and several collections of books for different ages covering PSCHE subjects such as dealing with emotions and coping with social situations. They are all great story books which can be used to open discussions so are ideal for use at home or at school.
We hope you enjoy the wonderful world of Wigwam!