I was delighted to find Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins during a recent library visit: not only does this book feature high-contrast illustrations, it’s also tactile.
Peck, Peck, Peck is the story of a little woodpecker who has just been taught how to peck by his father. The little woodpecker starts out by pecking his way through a tree, but goes on to enter a house and peck everything in sight. Everywhere the woodpecker pecks, he leaves a hole in the page.
What I love about Peck, Peck, Peck are the holes in the pages. The holes in the front cover are high contrast, deep, and easy to find, but they’re trickier in the inside pages. This was perfect for Peanut, my little VI reader who wants to use his sight so badly: he had to run his fingers across the page to find the holes. He couldn’t just rub his hand over quickly and fake it like he does with braille–these holes are just the depth of a piece of paper, so he had to feel the pages carefully.
This is a good book to read with your pre-braille child. It has bright colors, and most of the illustrations are high-contrast, so he’ll get to use his vision to look at those colors and pictures. You’ll get the pleasure of sneaking in tactile learning, however, as you guide your child to find the holes the woodpecker has left in the pages that are not so easily seen.