Typhlo & Tactus — International Tactile Illustrated Books Competition 2017
Typhlo & Tactus is an organization dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of books with tactile illustrations available to young children with visual impairments in member countries. Begun in Europe, T&T conducts an exciting biennial international tactile book competition. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the U.S. national contact organization, accepting and judging U.S. entries.
Contest Is Closed for 2017: Thank you to all U.S. entrants and best of luck at the international competition!
A panel of U.S. judges will review entries sent to APH and select the top 5 tactile books for final adjudication by an international panel of children and adults with visual impairments, as well as professionals in the field of vision. A single winning entry will be chosen, along with ten shortlisted books. Selected books may be featured on the T&T website, on posters, or in promotional materials used by T&T.
If you reside in the U.S. or U.S. outlying areas, this is your chance to enter! Send APH your tactile book, designed for children with visual impairments from 3–12 years of age.
- All entries must be accompanied by a completed official T&T entry form (.doc)
- Please include a self-addressed envelope. Your entry will be returned to you as “free matter for the blind” unless you provide prepaid postage for another form of delivery.
- Mail your entry to:
Attn: Robert Guillen, T&T Book Competition
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206-3152
For more information regarding tactile book design, read this excerpt from “Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children’s Books”
Requirements to Enter Typhlo & Tactus Competition
Tactile book entries may be based on an original story or may be an adaptation of a commercially-published children’s story. They should have been used successfully with children with visual impairments. Books may utilize different types of tactile illustration techniques, such as cut and paste, thermoform, embossing, or sewn fabric.
All books must meet these main requirements:
- Be in a legible font (at least 16pt) AND in Contracted or Uncontracted Braille.
- Use colors and contrasts that will interest children with low vision.
- Be no larger than 11.75 x 8.25 inches.
- Have a binding that allows the pages to open out flat.
- Have engaging, well-written text that can be translated into other languages (alphabet books, for example, are not suitable for translation).
- Have illustrations that could, if desired, be produced in quantity so that additional copies of the book can be made.
- Be safe for young children to use.
- Textbooks and Topic Books should not be entered in this competition.
General Information: Visit the T&T website for further information about entry requirements and to view past winners!
Enter Soon! We want to see what you think makes a winning and appropriate tactile book for children 3–12 years with visual impairments!