Top tactile picture books for Autumn
November 5, 2019

The clocks have gone back, all the Halloween treats have been gobbled up and Christmas is inching ever closer… November is here! Check out our top tactile picture books for blind and partially sighted children for the month of November, each one with a night-time theme perfect for snuggling up with when it’s cold and dark outside.

Gorilla by Anthony Browne

This classic picture book tells the story of Hannah who loves absolutely everything about gorillas but her busy and tired father doesn’t have time to take her to see the gorillas in the zoo. On the night before her birthday she wakes up to find a parcel containing a toy gorilla by her bed. Disappointed, she goes back to sleep but later something magical happens – the toy comes alive and takes her on an amazing adventure. Join Hannah on a enchanting night, feeling our adapted, raised illustrations of the characters in the book. Click here to borrow Gorilla.

Good-night Owl! by Pat Hutchins

All day owl tried and tried to get to sleep but the bees buzzed, the squirrels cracked nuts, the crows croaked and everyone else in the hollow tree did their best to keep him awake. But he got his own back when night came. Our Touch to See version features hand-painted ‘feely’ pictures of Owl, Squirrel, bees, Robin, Woodpecker, doves and Cuckoo. Click here to borrow our Touch to See version of the book.

Goodnight Owl tactile pictures and a page from the book

Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson and Nick East

Inspired by ESA astronaut Tim Peake, Goodnight Spaceman delves into the imagination of two young boys who are fascinated about space. One evening, they say goodnight to their space toys and journey into outer space where they meet their astronaut dad and explore the International Space Station. Introduced by Tim Peake, our Touch to See version of this charming picture book features three hand-painted ‘feely’ pictures, braille in grades 1 and 2, and an audio guide to the images voiced by actor Rob Brydon. Order your copy from our FREE postal library here.


Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

Zoom to the moon with a trio of animal astronauts in this lively, picture book complete with tactile pictures of a rocket, the moon, spacecraft and a bear astronaut. Readers are invited along on a lunar expedition, and will learn about space exploration from blast off to splash down through zippy rhyming text and bright, bold artwork. Part of Tony Mitton’s Amazing Machines series. Borrow our Touch to See version of Roaring Rockets by clicking here.

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