Here is a list of children’s books that help explain what it’s like living with vision impairment.
Estelle Condra (2003), See the Ocean
Nellie and her family take trips to the beach every year and her brothers always have a competition as to who can see the water first. One day a fog covers the water and the boys cannot see the water. Nellie, who is blind, explains that she can see the beach in her mind’s eye.
Glenna Lang (2001), Looking Out for Sarah
A story about Sarah and her guide dog. The story is told from the perspective of her guide dog, Perry.
Charlotte Hudson (2006), Dan and Diesel
This is a story about Dan and his guide dog Diesel. Diesel helps Dan live his life independently, and identifies the way that Dan is left feeling vulnerable when they are separated from one another.
Nicola Moon (2010), Lucy’s Picture
Lucy wants to make a picture for her grandfather, but he is blind. Lucy gathers leaves, twigs, sand and feathers so that Lucy’s grandfather can still enjoy her picture by feeling it.
Carolyn Otto (1994), I Can Tell by Touching
A story about the way that a child without vision experiences the world through touch.
Genevieve Petrillo (2007), Keep Your Ear on the Ball
A story about Davey, an independent and competent boy, who wants to play kickball. Davey is blind. It highlights the way that Davey has to learn to work as a team and accept support from his peers.
Dana Meachen Reu (1998), The Secret Code
Oscar is blind. He reads using braille and teaches his class how to read with braille.
Margaret Wild (1992), All the Better to See You With
A family learns that their daughter is short sighted when she becomes lost and can’t find them at the beach.
Jane Yolen (2009), The Seeing Stick
Hwei Min is the only daughter of the emperor of China and has been blind since birth. This is a story of her father offering a reward for a cure, before a mysterious man comes to meet the princess and teaches her that there are more ways to experience the world than sight alone.