Libraries for children and young people with SEND

We care about making sure our services are accessible for all families, including those with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Ask at your local library or mobile about an equal access card.

  • Wide range of books and other fun educational items
  • Early learning and information books with clear pictures or photos
  • A range of storybooks and information books for all abilities
  • Story CDs
  • Text to speech services can be accessed at every library through an assistive computer which also has additional software for editing photos, scanning and for screen magnification.

The following items can be delivered to your local library or mobile library stop, email libraries.youngpeoplesservices@norfolk.gov.uk

  • Multi sensory stories (Bag Books)
  • Story Sacks: a story sack contains a picture book and non-fiction book on the same theme along with toys and other objects to help with telling the story. A list of storysacks is available in the county. Please ask at your local library for more information.
  • Audio Books. As well as story CDs there are also some ‘Read-Along’ sets with a large print book and CD packaged together to enable children to use a range of senses to access books.
  • Large print books with 16 point text: a range of large print titles featuring favourite and popular authors
  • Giant print and braille picture books: a small range of popular picture book titles with 75 point text and braille
  • Makaton items and some ‘baby signing’ titles.
  • Braille picture books from the ‘Clear Vision’ scheme. Picture books which have a Braille overlay to each page allowing blind/partially sighted family members to enjoy sharing stories with the rest of the family. A small range of picture books for younger children in Moon can also be supplied from the ‘Clear Vision’ scheme.
  • Read our dyslexia awareness leaflet and check out Dive In, a guide to choosing books for reluctant readers and readers with dyslexia

Bookstart Packs for children with additional needs

These packs include, Booktouch for visually impaired children and Bookshine for hearing impaired children.

These are both available for newborns and 3-4yr olds and have special books with features such as touch and feel or sign language. There is also additional information about reading with children and suitable books for your child.

In 2014 Bookstart introduced Bookstar, designed for children aged 3-4 with delayed fine motor skills. These packs will include books, finger puppets and parental guidance and reading tips. You can request these additional packs when your child is eligible for the Standard Bookstart Baby and Bookstart Treasure packs, either from your health visitor, early year setting or local library.