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#BlackLivesMatter: creating a diverse library of Touch to See books

Creating a diverse, inclusive library for children from BAME backgrounds

7-year-old Lucas smiling as he feels one of the tactile pictures in our Touch to See version of The Smeds and the Smoos

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Lucas, 7, and his love of Julia Donaldson books

Lucas’ mum says, “It’s opened up a whole new world to him.”

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Celebrating Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books for blind children!

Making kids’ favourites accessible for blind children with the help of Martin Freeman.

Our world of Touch to See

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For Children

New tactile books with braille for blind children that promote learning and discovery

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For Young People

Inspiring blind and partially sighted youngsters with tactile resources

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For Adults

Enjoy our latest tactile and audio books and recommended reads at home or as part of a book club.

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