DK is proud to announce the publication of the DK Braille series, a newly developed range of custom-designed braille books for blind and partially sighted children and their parents or carers. The series launches on 10 March 2016 and is a global publishing initiative born out of DK’s desire to provide highly stimulating and visually compelling content for partially sighted and blind readers. In the UK alone there are nearly two million people living with sight loss (1), of which there are more than 25,000 blind and partially sighted children aged between 0-16 (2).
Produced in consultation with Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the DK Braille series are the first audience-led, accessible and safety-tested braille books from a mainstream publisher to fully incorporate the needs of partially sighted or blind readers. The series begins with two touch and feel board books for toddlers and preschool children focusing on learning skills such as counting and identifying shapes. The series continues for young, independent readers with titles including a book on animals and a book on transport and travel. Older independent braille readers can enjoy a collection of strange but true facts about the world around us.
Each title in the DK Braille series has been created using DK’s hallmark visual approach, combining images with high-contrast colors to maximise any sight that visually impaired readers may have. The images in the books are made tactile with embossing and stimulating finishes such as flocking and high-gloss, for children to feel with their fingers. Printed text appears above braille on the page allowing sighted parents, family or friends to read along with visually impaired children to create a shared learning experience. Printed words also allow sighted children to read at the same time as visually impaired parents. The series brings tactile images and braille together in context to create a clear and complete reading experience for visually impaired readers.
In the current marketplace, only a tiny percentage of books are available in large-print format, unabridged audio, or braille; and adapted books — where braille is stuck into an existing book with no tactile components —are often expensive and usually handmade with little to no safety testing. In Spring 2016, the DK Braille series will provide blind and visually impaired families with safe, affordable, and stimulating content that is specifically designed to meet their needs and demonstrates DK’s global mission to be “better by design.”
Claire Maxwell, Reading Services Manager at RNIB, said: “Books open up a world of adventure and possibility for children and at RNIB we feel strongly that no child should be denied this opportunity, simply because they cannot see. We’ve really enjoyed working with the DK team on this series of beautiful braille books and are delighted that a mainstream publisher has thought about the needs of blind and partially sighted children so carefully.”
Titles in the DK Braille series:
DK Braille: Counting (£9.99; 9780241228340)
Go on a counting adventure in the park and learn how to count all the way to ten in this board book. Pre-school and toddler.
DK Braille: Shapes (£9.99; 9780241228357)
Feel the difference between a circle and triangle as the rhyming story guides readers through the pages. Pre-school and toddler.
DK Braille: On the Move (£15.99; 9780241228388)
From submarines deep in the ocean to hot air balloons in the sky, this book covers all the exciting forms of travel. For young, independent braille readers.
DK Braille: Animals (£15.99; 9780241228395)
Take a walk on the wild side and learn fascinating facts about lions, elephants, koalas, and more. For young, independent braille readers.
DK Braille: It Can’t Be True! (£19.99; 9780241228401)
How big is the Sun? What is the smallest bird? Where is the tallest building? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this book suitable for older children.For independent braille readers.
DK is the bestselling and award-winning publisher known for informing, entertaining, and educating global audiences through beautifully designed content. DK also publishes the Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames, Alpha Books, and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Random House. www.dk.com
Every 15 minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight. We are the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss – that’s almost 2 million people in the UK. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem, RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk