I grew up in a family where books were an everyday part of our lives. My brother and I were read to daily and enjoyed reading. Since I have become a teacher, I have developed a love for children’s literature. I love introducing new books to the children and developing literacy lessons. It was my favourite subject to teach. I believe reading to children from the time they are born is crucial for their literacy development. The first five years are the most important to develop and set your child up for life.
I have collected many books over my teaching years and went crazy purchasing books for Archer when I first fell pregnant. However, since becoming legally blind I am unable to read any of these books. In good lighting, there are a few books I can make out and read to him now. These books are in large print, are simple and not too long. My mum has sourced these books for me. We love ‘Spot the Dog’ and ‘Dear Zoo’ is another one we love aswell! The text is easier for me to read when it is black text on a plain white background. If it is on a coloured background it makes it much harder to make out.
Many of his other books I can make out with my magnifying app on my mobile phone. However this is incredibly slow and straining on my eyes. I mostly just make up the stories because I can make out the pictures. I am lucky that I know many of the books after using them in the classroom. I have just started Braille lessons, and look forward to Brailling his books to take the strain off me. At the end of the day I am very thankful that I can make out some text and read large print so that Archer can be read to.
I am looking forward to starting storytime at the library next month. I will definitely be sourcing out more large print books there.
If anyone reading this today knows of any large print books as big as ‘Dear Zoo’ or ‘Spot the Dog’, or knows of any audiobooks where it notifies you to turn the page, please comment below or on the Facebook page with the name of the book and author. This would be a great help to keep us going while I am learning Braille.