Here are some of our favourite Touch to See books with autumnal and Halloween inspired imagery including spiders, pumpkins, beasts, bats and witches for young, blind and partially-sighted readers to enjoy.
These fantastic creatures are from our tactile version of the magical Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and read by Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke. Follow little boy Max on his journey and meet a host of colourful beasts – great inspo for dressing up if you’re off to a Halloween party.
Dewy autumn mornings are a great time to explore spiders and their amazing webs. This friendly arachnid creeping down a beautifully spun web is from our Touch to See book Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. This is a really good image for small fingers to start off with – tracking and tracing around the geometric web pattern. Little fingers will also love exploring the pictures in the rhyming book Incey Wincey Spider, joining in with the hand actions and singing the rhyme.
All the family will all laugh out loud at comedian Bill Bailey describing the illustrations and pictures in our accessible version of Dear Vampa by Ross Collins. There’s bats, vampires and werewolves aplenty in this funny tale.
Read and get inspiration from One Year with Kipper – Kipper and his friend Tiger have fun with a pumpkin lantern, collecting leaves, conkers and acorns. Click here for our VI-friendly guide to enjoying autumn with activities such as leaf collecting and making a colourful print.
Little ones will love our tactile version of the young witch and her black cat in The Witch Baby by Wendy Smith. This is another great costume idea – all that’s required is a pointed hat, broom, and a black cat! And don’t forget the friendly witch in Room on the Broom, with fantastic illustrations by Axel Scheffler brought to life for blind children in our unique feely pictures.
This picture is from our Touch to See book Billy Monster’s Daymare by author Alan Durant and illustrator Ross Collins. Billy, a little monster, lives in a topsy-turvy world where he’s scared of children and has bad day dreams (instead of nightmares)! When you feel his face you’ll be able tell how afraid he is – all of his three eyes are startled with fear and his mouth is wide open in a crying yelp!
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