Many children dislike being different to their friends, so being told they have to wear glasses or an eye patch can be very unsettling. Finding out that not everyone sees in the same way can also be confusing. Sharing books about people who have difficulties in seeing may help to answer some of the questions children have about sight and give them confidence to deal with their own situation.

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Bumposaurus – Penny McKinlay & Britta Teckentrup

Slightly quirky story of a dinosaur who keeps bumping into things. Finally it is recognized that he needs spectacles. A positive ending.
Age: 5+


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Mole’s Sunrise – Jeanne Willis & Sarah Fox-Davies

Mole thought he wouldnever see the sunrise but, when his friends show it to him, it is more beautiful than he could have imagined.
Age: 3+


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The Black Book of Colours – Menena Cottin & Rosana Faria

Thomas can’t see colours, but he can hear them, touch them, smell and taste them.  Includes raised line drawings and Braille letters.
Age: 4+


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The Short-Sighted Giraffe – A H Benjamin & Gill McLean

Giraffe has very poor eyesight, but when her friends make her a pair of glasses, she refuses to wear them.  She adopts all sorts of coping strategies which just make her look silly.  Can her friends help her to see sense?
Age: 4+



Useful Organisations

Living Paintings

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


Bookstart offer free Booktouch packs for visually impaired pre-school children.  Families living in Hampshire should email for more information.

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