Making picture books more accessible

The more children that can enjoy picture books the better. Right?

I’m so pleased to have illustrated two books that are involved in making picture books accessible to more children.

Little Mouse Finds A Friend is a mix of story and science and follows the life cycle of the Atlas moth. The author, Jeni Leidenfrost, has created audio descriptive readings for the visually impaired to be able to enjoy the illustrations. There are also Braille books available with the descriptive reading text. There are over 1.3 million visually impaired people in the U.S. This is perhaps the first time this resource has been made available to parents and children with this special need.

Solar The Polar is a story about the friendship between a snowboarding polar bear and a paraplegic adaptive sit-skier. This story is about snow safety and enjoying life with a disability. Author, Kim Constantinesco, is the Editor-in-Cheif of Purpose 2 Play, telling inspiring sports stories of athletes overcoming obstacles. The publisher, MacLaren Cochrane Publishing, is making Solar The Polar available in both a regular font and a special dyslexic font making it easier to read for children with dyslexia.

If you haven’t got all your Christmas shopping done, make sure you pick up one of the books by these fantastic authors!

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