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Free accessible books for children in Wales for World Book Day

Accessing books, magazines and other texts in a variety of formats can be a lifeline for people of all ages living with eye conditions.

We believe that everyone should be able to read exciting, inspiring books in a format that suits them best.

This is especially important for children and young people who are perhaps picking up their first book. One good story can have a huge impact, helping a child to develop a lifelong passion for reading.

That’s why we’re celebrating World Book Day by giving away thousands of books in braille and audio formats for children with vision impairment across Wales.

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.

The titles include a Welsh language book, Ha Ha Cnec, by Cardiff illustrator Huw Aaron, which is packed with jokes and cartoons.

Organised by UNESCO, World Book Day is marked in more than 100 countries around the world, with 2021 being the 24th 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.

Our Director Ansley says: “We’re delighted to support this year’s World Book Day. Reading can open up a world of possibilities and enhance the imagination, which is why it is so important for every child (and adult) to be able to enjoy books of their choice.

“The braille and audio versions of books that we have 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.”

The titles available are: 

  • Ha Ha Cnec by Huw Aaron
  • There’s a Wolf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
  • What the Ladybird Heard (Playscript) by Julia Donaldson
  • Gigantosaurus: Dino-Spot by Jonny Duddle
  • Luna Loves World Book Day by Joseph Coehlo
  • Protect the Planet by Jess French
  • Football School by Alexander Bellos and Ben Lyttleton
  • Planet Omar: Operation Kind by Zanib Mian
  • The River Whale by Sita Brahmachari
  • Skysteppers by Katherine Rundell
  • Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa by Humza Arshad and Henry White
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Apocalypse Kings by Derek Landy
  • Killjoy by Holly Jackson