Last year, we created two new Living Picture Books, three new topical science packs and three Short Stories for adults, widening our offering of books for blind children and adults.
Introduced by some big names and exciting talent, our tactile children’s books bring to life the imaginative stories and memorable characters created by stellar authors and illustrators. In 2017, we published Stick Man and Zog, both titles penned by the award-winning children’s writer, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by the German illustrator and animator, Axel Scheffler. The audio guide for Stick Man was voiced by the delightful actor, Martin Freeman and for Zog, it was the effervescent Mel Giedroyc.
Our fresh STEM offering, the Science Alive! series has so far travelled the depth and breadth of the world exploring everything from awe-inspiring cave systems to the carbon cycle, and even the cells in our body. Inspired by the National Curriculum, these books offer visually impaired children and students the chance to explore science in a totally new and engaging way. With two more books nearing publication, the Science Alive! series is fast becoming a go-to resource for teachers, teaching assistants and parents.
We added three new Short Stories to our library in 2017 offering amazing storytelling from the worlds of theatre, film and art. From Page to Stage is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes guide to the theatre and the transformation of much-loved books into fabulous stage productions. In Masters of the Silver Screen we invite you to take your seat at the movies to hear about the work of three influential film directors, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The final new title is Dreams, Poetry and the Mysteries of Love. This is an exploration of some great works of art that evoke an air of mystery, providing scope for us to fully engage our imaginations.