FAQs - ReadAlong

Frequently Asked Questions

About the book

What are the themes of the story?

Red and the Wolf is a modern take on the classic children’s fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. It features Red, a girl living with sight loss. The story celebrates difference and diversity, helping children build empathy and better understanding of sight loss.

How does it help children to think more about these themes?

At the end of the story, the main characters pose some thought-provoking questions. These questions are open-ended to ensure they are relevant to children of any age and to allow young readers to reflect on their own life experiences and relate them back to themes in the story.

What age group is Red and the Wolf for?

The book is aimed at young children and early readers who are just starting to learn to read themselves (typically ages three to seven). They can read the book with a grown-up or on their own. The book comes with an audio version to guide children through the book, so they can follow the words in their book while listening to the story. A magical wand sound will tell them when to turn the page. This means children can read whenever they want without adult help.

How does the audio version work?

A QR Code and download link are included in the front of your book. Simply scan the QR code or type the link into your browser to gain access to an audio track that you or your children can play while reading the book. The file can be played on any desktop computer, tablet or mobile device and can also be downloaded.

Where will my money go?

100 per cent of the profits from Red and the Wolf goes to RNIB, so you’ll also be supporting blind and partially sighted people and helping to create a world where there are no barriers for people with sight loss.

Who writes the books?

Deborah Fajerman is the author of Red and the Wolf. She writes and illustrates picture books full of silly stories and animal adventures. Deborah worked for disability charities for many years, creating resources for children and adults. She wanted to write this book with RNIB because she believes in making books that let all kinds of children see themselves and know that others see them too. Stories and pictures are also a fantastic way of letting children understand each other's worlds. Deborah lives in London with her two young daughters, who are always baking treats, and a very old cat.

Who illustrates the books?

Tilia Rand-Bell is the illustrator of Red and the Wolf. She is a children’s book illustrator creating images that connect children's vivid imagination with authors' stories. Tilly was eager to work with RNIB as she is inspired by the many wonderful and interesting people she met whilst working in the care sector. She has a passion to show they are capable of amazing things. She hopes this book brings joy to those people and helps to change society's perspectives of them.

About Your Order

When will I receive my book?

We aim to get your book to you within 10 days of your order being placed.

When will the payment be taken from my account?

We will take payment on the day of your purchase.

How big are the books?

Our books are 32-page, full colour, 21cm x 21cm paperbacks that will fit neatly through your letterbox each month.

How do I amend or cancel my order?

If you change your mind or you’d like to update any of your details please call us on 0303 123 9999, option 4 (open 8am-8pm weekdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays) or email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk.

Can I get the books in an accessible format?

RNIB strives to make everything we produce as accessible as possible for blind and partially sighted people.

Red and the Wolf comes with an audio version which is complete with sound effects and an audio prompt - in the form of a magic wand sound! - to tell you when to turn the page.

The book contains a QR Code and a download link, so you can simply scan the QR code or type the link into your browser to gain access to the audio track. You or your children can play the track while reading the book.

The audio file can be played on any desktop computer, tablet or mobile device and can also be downloaded. The printed book uses an accessible large print 16 point typeface. The illustrations employ good colour contrasts throughout and the style is clean, fun and playful, making them engaging as well as visually accessible.

In the future, we intend to scale up production of Red and the Wolf and include larger print, or braille formats.

Please visit our site again soon for further information, email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call us on 0303 123 9999 and select option 4. The Helpline is open 8am-8pm weekdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

What happens if my book doesn’t arrive or is damaged?

Please see our Refunds Section in our Return Policy

Can I buy Red and the Wolf as a gift?

Of course – just provide the lucky recipient’s address at checkout to make sure we send the ReadAlong books to the right place.

Can I buy the book for someone overseas?

Unfortunately, we can only dispatch to UK addresses at present.

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