RNIB makes accessible books free for children in the UK on World Book Day

Post date: 
Thursday, 5 March 2020


To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday (5 March), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is giving away thousands of books in braille and audio formats for children with vision impairment across the UK. The selection of 13 titles aims to support World Book Day’s mission to give every child and young person a book of their own.

Nine-year-old Fred Howe from York has an eye condition called familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR). It causes progressive vision loss and affects the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. He is a keen reader and regularly downloads Talking Books from RNIB’s online library. He has chosen Kid Normal from the list of titles RNIB has made accessible to celebrate World Book Day. 

Fred said: “I love reading, books can take me anywhere in my imagination and I have so many adventures listening to my books! RNIB’s library of Talking Books is amazing because there are so many titles and no end to the places I can go.”

Organised by UNESCO, World Book Day is marked in more than 100 countries around the world, with 2020 being the 23rd year of celebrations.World Book Day organisers are encouraging parents, children and young people of all ages to spend at least 10 minutes a day sharing a book together and celebrate reading for pleasure, helping to promote wellbeing for everyone.

James Bartlett, RNIB Library and Newsagent Manager, said: “We are delighted to support this year’s World Book Day, which is such a great way of encouraging children to read. The braille and audio versions of books that RNIB has created ensure that blind and partially sighted children can discover these stories just like any other child and share in the excitement this World Book Day.”

To claim a free book in braille or audio (Daisy CD) format, call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected]. The books will be available for free until 31 March 2020.

The titles available are:

Bing's Splashy Story

Supertato: Books Are Rubbish! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Evie in the Jungle by Matt Haig

Amelia Fang and the Bookworm Gang by Laura Ellen Anderson

The Day We Met the Queen by Onjali Q. Raúf

The Case of the Drowned Pearl by Robin Stevens

Kid Normal and the Loudest Library by Chris Smith and Greg James

My Awesome Guide to Getting Good at Stuff by Matthew Syed

Alex Rider Undercover: The Classified Files by Anthony Horowitz

Split by Muhammad Khan

The Kissing Booth: Road Trip! by Beth Reekles

Darllen gyda Cyw by Anni Llŷn

Stori Cymru – Iaith a Gwaith by Myrddin ap Dafydd


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Every six minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight. RNIB is taking a stand against exclusion, inequality and isolation to create a world without barriers where people with sight loss can lead full lives. A different world where society values blind and partially sighted people not for the disabilities they’ve overcome, but for the people they are.

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Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk