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Declan holding a Touch to See version of 'Mole's Sunrise' from our books for blind children library


Declan loves our books! Join our free postal library and borrow tactile and audio books for visually impaired children today.

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New tactile Elmer books for blind children

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For every £40 raised we’ll colour in a patch!

(You don’t need to give £40, we count every donation and when we reach another £40, we’ll colour in a patch.)

Elmer fans will be stomping to bookshops on 6th September 2018 to get their copy of David McKee’s latest book, Elmer’s Walk. But what if you’re visually impaired? How do you enjoy this wonderful new story? Well, this is where Living Paintings’ free library of tactile books for blind children come in.

We want to make sure no blind or partially sighted child misses out by co-publishing a Touch to See version of Elmer’s Walk on the very same day! Our uniquely adapted books include braille and colourful tactile pictures bound into the original published book, accompanied by an audio guide.

Elmer's Walk front cover


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Living Paintings transforms the lives of blind children and their families in the UK by getting them reading, enjoying books and learning with a free postal library of accessible books and educational resources.

All of our accessible tactile and audio books are VI kid approved, with every new publication tested and reviewed by blind children.

We do a range for grown-ups too, head over here to find out more.

We have 15,000 library members nationwide and a dedicated troupe of volunteers who help make our books and run the library.

Help us raise £2,500 to make Elmer’s Walk VI-accessible…

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 Alex feeling a tactile picture from Goodnight Spaceman


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Library member Tayen feeling our tactile picture of The Slightly Annoying Elephant. She's wearing a pink t-shirt and smiling.

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