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International competition of picture books for VIP children

Enjoying books is, for most young children, an essential part of childhood. But what if you can't see? Tactile image books are the solution for blind or partially sighted children, as every picture is designed to be explored by touch. Just as conventional picture books have their book prizes, tactile illustration has the Typhlo and Tactus International Tactile Book Competition to encourage tactile book creation across the globe. This year is its 20th anniversary. The competition is open to anyone. The judges will be looking for books which are interesting, robust and entertaining for children up to age 12 who have little or no sight.

Each participating country can submit up to five books to the international contest. The UK shortlisting round will take place in September 2019 and is being organised by the ClearVision Project, a children's braille library. The UK judges will include children and adults who have a visual impairment, tactile image experts and illustrator Rod Campbell. A series of workshops will be held across the United Kingdom in conjunction with CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group.  Workshops will offer advice on the creation and use of tactile books.  Details of these and a series of videos offering similar guidance and advice, created with support from the University of Central Lancashire, will be added to the Clearvision Project website.

The deadline for UK entries is 16th August 2019. For more information, guidance and an entry form, see ClearVision's website 

So, for information for everyone involved in children's books, and possibly art departments in schools, or crafty school staff or parents, please do check out this attached information.

Tactus Press release 2019

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