Source accessible books for children who are visually impaired

In this resource sheet I am going to list the organisations that can provide your child with accessible books, some of these organisations can also provide libraries or schools with fully accessible literature.

clearvision featuredClearVision project is a UK postal lending library of mainstream children’s books with added braille. Our books all have braille (or Moon), print and pictures, making them suitable for visually-impaired and sighted children and adults to share. There are over 13,000 books in the collection, including tactile board books, simple stories for young children and stimulating books for newly fluent readers. We have fiction and non-fiction in uncontracted (grade 1) and contracted (grade 2) braille – everything a young reader could want from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Thomas the Tank Engine to Katie Morag, the Sheep-Pig, books about space and the Oxford Reading Tree.

Contact us at:
0208 789 9575
Twitter: ClearVisionOrg

BCUK hand blue CMYKCustomEyes: Blind Children UK’s CustomEyes service produces tailor-made large print books for children and young people up to and including age 25 with a visual impairment or Dyslexia. We support children and young people across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

You can choose from almost 4,000 large print books with new titles being added monthly. Our books open up a whole world of imagination and learning, by enabling visually impaired children and young people to read the same books as their sighted friends and classmates.

Contact us at:

give us a call on 0118 983 8275

Skype:0118 983 8275

Click here to find out how to join

Click here to find out how to order

Click here to find out more about our catalogues

twenty15-lp-logoLiving Paintings is a unique publishing house and library.

We are the only charity in the UK who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. We call them Touch to See books.

We publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult. Our wide and growing range is designed to provide education and life-long learning, enhance lifestyle and support leisure interests.

We distribute these Touch to See books through our free postal library.

Click here if you would like to become a member

Click here if you would like to find out more about their work

Click here if you want to find out more about Living Paintings in the news

Contact us on:



phone: 01635 299 771

Address: Living Paintings
Unit 8 Kingsclere Park
RG20 4SW



calibreaudiolibraryCalibre Audio Library is a charity which provides a subscription-free postal and streaming service for people unable to read print because of sight loss, dyslexia or physical disability.

Set up in 1974 as Calibre Cassette Library. We feel passionately that having poor sight or other difficulties should not act as barriers to the pleasures of reading. Our formal statement of purpose expresses our role like this:

“Calibre Audio Library improves the quality of life for people with sight problems or other disabilities, who cannot read, print by bringing them the pleasure of reading through a free nationwide postal service of recorded books.”

A national charity, we lend audio books to around 18,000 members across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and other EU countries. Our members range in age from five to 105 and we pride ourselves in offering a wide choice of unabridged books for all ages and all tastes.

One of our guiding principles has always been to supply books in a format that can be played on ordinary household equipment. This means that members can select a machine that suits their needs. For example they can listen to our audio books on portable equipment (like a Walkman), so that they can take books into the garden, on holiday or on long journeys.

Contact us:

Post: Calibre Audio Library, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 5XQ
Phone: 01296 432 339
Fax: 01296 392 599

297620_10150320350404771_208185627_aFrom fiction to sport, biography to children’s books, there’s something for everyone in our library.

Our Talking Books service is absolutely free. Giving you access to over 23,000 titles that you can enjoy to your heart’s content.

RNIB Library is the largest in the UK for people with sight loss, with a wide choice of fiction and non-fiction books in digital,audio, braille and giant print for adults and children.  RNIB Library offer books in a variety of formats including Talking Books on digital download, Talking books on DAISY CD or USB and Braille or Large Print choose from braille books, including titles suitable for adult braille learners, giant print books in 24 point type which allow you to make the most of any sight you do have, or Moon books.

For more information or to sign up to the RNIB Library get in touch



Access2BooksLogoThis 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.

The most likely users of this format are adults or children with macular conditions, maybe cataracts and other sight conditions that affect the macular and therefore reading. Another group is people with learning disabilities who require giant print and illustrations to support their reading. The design will also assist people with conditions that affect co-ordination and dexterity.

Click here to find out where you can buy these books

Click here for some information about successful reading tips

Click here to find out which libraries stock our books

Click here to find out about different Braille options

Click here to contact Access2Books!


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