Early Years – Literacy

Where to source books for VI children

Whether you are looking for braille, large print or tactile books to share with your vision impaired child, you’ll find useful links on where to source them below.

ClearVision Books



ClearVision is a postal lending library of children’s books designed to be shared by visually impaired and sighted children and adults. They lend books all across the UK and Ireland. All books have braille, print and pictures. This allows children with little or no sight to share books with their sighted friends and family, and adult braille readers to enjoy stories with sighted children.

Living Paintings

Living Paintings


Living Paintings is a unique publishing house and library. They are a UK charity who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. They publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult. Books are distributed through a free postal lending library.

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare


RNIB Bookshare is a free service providing accessible textbooks to support dyslexic, partially sighted or blind learners who have difficulty reading standard print. Although it predominantly serves those in education, a growing number of other titles are now available for leisure reading. The service offers a range of accessible formats that can be read electronically or adapted to suit the personal reading needs of learners.



This Community Interest Project produces and publishes high quality early years’ books in dual format – giant print (75pt) & braille – with illustrations. The design enables braille or large print readers to read without obscuring the text or illustrations; and therefore gives children and adults the opportunity to read together, forming both educational and social relationships – the biggest contributing factor to children’s early years’ learning of language, confidence and social interaction.

CustomEyes Books


This service, provided by Guide Dogs, produces custom-made large print books books to suit your specific requirements, by tailoring the font type, size, spacing, colour and binding.


RNIB Talking Books


The RNIB Talking Books service is absolutely free. It gives visually impaired people access to over 25,000 fiction and non fiction books for adults and children.

RNIB shop


The RNIB shop offers audiobooks and shared reading books for children, and a range of devices from DAISY players and USB and media players to braille displays.

Scruffy the Uffy


After finding out that her son would be a braille user, mum Julie started to look for books and games for him. After realising that the provisions for children were limited, they decided to create their own books using her son’s favourite toy, Scruffy, as the star. Two books have now been published, and more are in the pipeline. You can find out more by reading our article about Scruffy the Uffy.

Listening Books


Listening Books is a UK charity providing audiobooks to thousands of people across the country who, for various reasons, cannot read print books.

Calibre Audio


Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.



Amazon’s paid for subscription service for audio books.




This website allows people to convert files into other formats. For example, converting a word document into audio. This website is especially useful if you need to read a long document or for different methods of revising.

Usborne tactile books


Usborne’s range of baby/early years tactile books are popular with young children with a vision impairment.


DK Braille books


DK offer a range of children’s books with braille for purchase.

How do visually impaired people read books?

Vlogger Fashioneyesta shares how she accessed books as a child and offers some great tips on her YouTube video.

More to explore

Sensory books for all

The Scottish Book Trust have chosen some favourite tactile books that little ones can explore with their hands.

Books for VI children

This book list includes some suggested books with a tactile element and other organisations to look into.

Books, toys, and accessible learning

RNIB share a list of helpful links and resources.

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