Children with visual impairments are a diverse group of readers. Some need books with braille and textures to touch and feel; others need large print and increased contrast. For young children with low vision, simple board books with realistic photographs against white backgrounds can be beneficial. Check out these titles featuring sturdy board pages and visually simple photographs against white backgrounds.
Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass
Pairs a single piece of produce on one page with a variety of that same produce on the adjacent page. As you read, try using a black piece of paper (or a dish towel, a shirt, or anything black that you have on hand). Cover each adjacent page that features multiple pieces of produce, revealing only the single piece of produce.
Edible Numbers with both pages visible
Edible Numbers with one page covered, reducing visual complexity
Heads & Tails and Shake, Wiggle & Roll by Carli Davidson: In Heads & Tails, each two-page spread features a photograph of a dog from a distance, followed by a zoomed-in snapshot of the same dog’s various body parts, like wet noses and furry paws. In Shake, Wiggle & Roll, dogs are photographed in motion, capturing their appearances as they chomp and chew, jump and leap. When reading these titles, try emphasizing the salient features of a dog. Salient features are the aspects of a target that make it easily identifiable. For a dog, for instance, the salient features you could emphasize are the dog’s snout, paws, and tails. For more on salient features, check out this resource from Paths to Literacy based on the work of Dr. Christie Roman-Lantzy.
RedandBlueby Nicole Pristash: These titles feature photographs of everyday items in a single color. In Red, photographs of a toddler in red clothing, red fruits, a red bow on a present, and a red party hat can be found, while Blue features photographs of a blue piggy bank, blue butterflies, a blue jay, blueberries, and more.
Rookie Toddler series from Scholastic
Some but not all of the titles in this series are visually simple and feature realistic photographs against white backgrounds. Check out these titles:
Ears, Eyes, Nose: Enchanting photos of young children make it easy for your toddler to learn the names of body parts.
I Am Bigger Than...: Colorful photos of a child’s favorite things make it easy for your toddler to learn to compare and contrast.
Will You Wear a Blue Hat?: Toddlers discover what they need to wear to go out in cold weather.
What Rhymes?: Beautiful photos of adorable animals help toddlers to learn “what rhymes”.
Shapes That Go: From circle-shaped tractor wheels to the triangle found on a bicycle frame, this book takes an alternate view of the shapes all around us.