Picture Books for Children with Print Disabilities

Children who have difficulty using print materials include those who have legal blindness or low vision, color blindness, profound deafness with American Sign Language as the first language, and some learning disabilities. Some children may need audio-recorded books, Braille, or other special formats, including descriptive videos.

Print should be in a font with easily distinguished shapes, 18 point or larger, and in bold print.

There should be many simple, clear, uncluttered illustrations with vivid, contrasting colors and well-defined spaces. Illustrations should have organization. Strong, heavy lines will enable the child to perceive the relationship between the picture’s foreground and background.

There should be adequate white space between letters and lines and strong contrast with the background.

There should be minimal glare on the page.

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