Scratch and Sniff Book Open Database



This project aims to create a public database of scratch and sniff books. It’s meant to (1) provide information for researchers, authors, and parents interested in purchasing and analyzing existing books or producing their own work, as well as (2) take into consideration olfactory engagement for blind or visually impaired persons (BVIP) – much like tactile graphics, but for smell. This is inspired by the handful of literature exploring the use of scratch and sniff for blind and visually impaired children from the perspective of educators and parents .

This webpage will soon be updated with a full database and resources.

This project is ongoing and is a 2021 awardee of the Institute for Art and Olfaction’s Accelerator Initiative.

A person leaning into a book to smell a scratch and sniff sticker applied to the page.


Miller, D. (1985). Reading Comes Naturally: A Mother and Her Blind Child’s Experiences. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 79(1), 1–4.
McGee, L., & Tompkins, G. (1982). Concepts About Print for the Young Blind Child. Language Arts, 59(1), 40–45.
Brown, J. D. (1972). Storytelling and the Blind Child. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 66(10), 356–360.