The Book Kids in a Cage for Blind Children Recognized as One of the World’s Most Outstanding Publications

09 April 2015

The book Kids in a Cage by Samuil Marshak, published by the Illustrated Books for Blind Children Foundation with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, was chosen for the 2015 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities.

The IBBY Collection of Books consists of two collections of the winning books. The first one is presented at the IBBY office, and the second as a touring exhibition is located in the Toronto Library. Presently a third collection is being formed and will be housed in the New York Central Library.

The book Kids in a Cage, which received international recognition, is one of three editions created with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation under a project aimed at providing “A Gift Edition of Marshak’s fairytales to blind children” with additional sections printed in Braille, which included the stories The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse and Luggage.

Adapted specifically for children with visual impairment, the books have distinct edges, various textured materials and large, simplified illustrations. These “books for the fingertips” allow readers not only to get acquainted with the characters of Samuil Marshak’s poetry, but also to “see” them in the same way sighted readers can.

The publishing technology helps the children to get visual (using their residual vision) and tactile feedback, and also to facilitate the perception of their surrounding environment, develop their speech, memory, attention and brainwork.

Supporting programmes aimed at improving the quality of life and education of children with disabilities is one of the most important areas for the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

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