Our picture book library is full of illustrated stories that depict colourful characters, fantastical animals and worlds, wild animals and pets, people, machines and transport and much more. Colourful illustrations extend the storytelling experience and can transport the reader – this makes reading great for relaxation, escapism, inspiring the imagination and helping children to explore their creativity.
Our picture books with added braille, painted tactile pictures and audio guides make wondrous visual worlds accessible to blind and partially sighted children.
We recommend these books written by author/illustrators that celebrate the creative imagination and the art of illustration in their storytelling.
Mr Magnolia written and illustrated by Quentin Blake
Go behind the scenes and visit Quentin Blake in his studio with our exclusive chat:
Gorilla written and illustrated by Anthony Browne:
To help you explore this book and the work of Anthony Browne further we’ve included a few extra audio tracks. You can find out why Anthony Browne loves gorillas so much; explore his use of famous works of art; discover a world of heroes and villains and think about the use of colours and patterns in the Gorilla story.
Where the Wild Things Are written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak:
Flying Diggers written and illustrated by David Melling:
David Melling has created a Doodle Diary for our picture book Hub. Each monthly doodle has an audio guide so that blind children can enjoy it. Each doodle gives an insight into the life of an illustrator, the characters and book ideas David’s working and much more.
Faster, Faster, Little Red Train written and illustrated by Benedict Blathwayt
Benedict Blathwayt’s illustrations contain lots of details with lots happening in them that aren’t always part of the story, so they are great fun to explore and talk about. We do describe each illustrated page on the audio guide. However, this book is great for sighted and visually impaired children to explore and discuss together for developing communication skills, descriptive language and promoting shared experiences.