SEN books for children SEN books for children

SEN books for children

This year, there will be several alternative format titles available from Booktime, for children in England who may benefit from a more accessible title to add to their Booktime book pack. Teachers and practitioners can request an alternative format book for a child with visual or hearing impairments, or complex needs that may mean story-based picture books like the Booktime titles are less accessible and enjoyable to them.


The titles available on request from Booktime are:

  • Open Very Carefully – giant print & braille (available from February 2016)
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (Puffin) - braille and giant print.
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's dairy - big book
  • But Excuse Me That is My Book (Puffin) - braille and large print.
  • Tinga Tinga Tales: Why the Elephant has a Trunk (Puffin) - large print.
  • Whose Nose? (Ladybird) - simple, rhyming text and giant flaps to lift on each page.
  • Five in a Bed (Ladybird) - sing-along rhymes with fun peek-through holes.


Some notes on eligibility

These books are only available to children who are receiving their Booktime packs this year (aged 4-5 years, starting reception class in England). We request that teachers and practitioners please request these books for children by completing the form below.


These interactive books are provided for reception children whose complex needs would impede them from accessing and enjoying picture books like the Booktime titles. In addition, please note that we can only provide one book for each reception child with complex needs, as our stock of materials is limited. If you have problems with this form or have any other queries please email


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