Teacher’s favourite – tried and tested accessible books
September 3, 2019

It’s back to school time and our library is very busy despatching our unique books to schools all over the UK to support blind pupils and their teachers. Our VI tried and tested accessible educational resources enable blind children to access subjects across the National Curriculum through tactile images and audio guides.  We asked teachers and learning assistants to tell us about the Living Paintings books that have inspired learning in their classroom. Here’s what they had to say…


” An excellent resource – used for a whole literacy topic for 6 weeks, every day. My pupil, aged 9, years really enjoyed it. Thank you very much.”

Gorilla by Anthony Browne front cover


“The pupil loved the feely pictures, it was very exciting. The audio is fantastic with navigating the pictures. I would definitely recommend this pack to other teachers and parents. It’s a great resource which helps the topics come alive and aid learning for children with visual impairment and other additional needs.”

Cook it, Eat it, Live it

“My pupil enjoyed this book. We used it outside the classroom, but still making direct links with work done in Science and Food Tech. It stimulated lots of discussion about cooking and healthy eating. This book is very useful and engaging.”

tactile image of flavours from around the world from, Cook It, Eat It , Live it

Explore the Seashore

“The pack was excellent. The whole class loved the pictures. The pupil loved this pack and wanted to keep it. Using it  has stimulated further interests and I am so sorry we have kept it so long – he will be upset when I tell him it has gone back to the library.”

Dophin tactile picture from Living Paintings Explore the Seashore

Ka-Boom, a guide to the Universe

“My pupil enjoyed using the tactile pictures with the audio because she can feel what’s described. They especially enjoyed the birth and death of the stars. The book stimulated further interest and discussion in learning about the universe and space. As a teacher, I also found it very enjoyable and I even learned a bit more about space!”

Exploring Music, with Peter and the Wolf

“Can I just thank you so much for this wonderful book and accompanying music. My pupil had the most exciting and rewarding time listening to the sounds of the different instruments. She was spell bound!

Inside the Peter and the Wolf book with tactile pictures of drums used in the composition

Images of Weather

” This is an excellent pack. It has enabled the student to engage in learning with her sighted peers in a meaningful way.”

Touch to See book Images of Weather

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