3D printed books help blind children visualize the story (pictures)

3D-printed books - Goodnight Moon 1

Tactile Picture Books, a project of University of Colorado, is using the 3D printing technology to create wonderful children’s books.

These books have 3D printed elements placed on pages. They are accompanied by the text in Braille, so that blind children, or children with visual impairments, can better imagine the story.

The books can be also read together with a helper, “who can ask them questions about what they think the 3D illustrations represent”.

So far, three books have been prepared:

  • Goodnight Moon,
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon,
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear.

The second Goodnight Moon book is under development.

The 3D printable elements can be downloaded from MakerBot’s Thingiverse (for instance, here you can get Goodnight Moon).

The biggest benefit of the 3D printed stories from Tactile Picture Books is that they can be read by both blind and non-blind children alike, enabling both to enjoy joint reading sessions.

Via Springwise.

Recommendation box

Gifts for modern bookworms in 2023

Based on recommendations from top tech sites and customer reviews.

• • •

Coffee and candle warmer with USB charger

Coffee and candle warmer with USB charger

This innovative little accessory that guarantees your coffee or tea will be always warm. You can also use it to release the scent from your candle without lighting it. Thanks to USB port, you will be able to charge your phone while reading.


• • •

Innovative reading light

Compact and innovative reading light

From a German brand Nachteule comes a clever book light that you attach not to a book but your reading glasses. It’s so light that you can also clip it to your earphones or hair accessories! The built-in battery will let you read 200 pages.


• • •

Hands-free pillow stand

Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books

An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.


More gifts for bookworms