October, 2019

Dear teachers and parents of the visually impaired and school librarians,

Now in our 20th year as an organization dedicated to promoting braille literacy for blind children, Wisconsin Braille Inc. is very pleased to offer another new selection of free braille books, financially supported by the Glen Stacey Fund. Once again, this year's collection was well researched and includes recommended children's books not already available in braille [after checking the databases at American Printing House for the Blind (aph.org) and the National Library Service (NLS)].

The book selection committee is very excited to offer this particular collection of 17 books. Through both prose and poetry, it offers books that are fanciful and fun to read as well as those with more thoughtful themes. Are you interested in print/braille books with delightful content...or in early chapter books with a dog as main character...or in books that encourage girls to follow their dreams? If so, you will find books in our collection this year to match your interests. Additionally, we are especially pleased to include White Cane Day, a book written by a Wisconsin teacher of the visually impaired and O&M instructor. And, of course, all the books in this year's collection are produced in UEB.

While this project is supported by Glen Stacey funds, none of these funds are used by Wisconsin Braille for its day-to-day operations. We rely on our membership dues to support our other activities, including a newsletter and a website. If you appreciate receiving these free books, we would urge you to become a member of Wisconsin Braille Inc. Annual dues are only $10 for a regular membership or $30 for a sustaining membership. A membership form is attached or may be found on our website: wisbrl.org. Wisconsin Braille does not sell its membership list to any other organization.

One decided advantage of becoming a member of Wisconsin Braille Inc. is that you may order additional free books from our composite listings. A composite listing of UEB books has been posted this fall to our website (wisbrl.org) in addition to a listing of books previously produced in EBAE.

Benji, the Bad Day, and Me by Sally J. Pla

Nothing seems to be going well for Sammy today. His little brother knows what that's like. This tender story captures the challenges and joys of being a sibling, and offers readers a way to manage their own bad moods. The story embraces neurodiversity and reminds us that on those really bad days, you can always count on your family to be there for you. Reproduced in print/braille for ages 4-8.

The Case of the Mixed-up Mutts (The Buddy Files, book 2) by Dori Hillestad Buttler

This is the second installment in a trilogy for early readers. The golden retriever, King continues to search for his first family. What has happened to them? Before he can solve that, he has another case. Two dogs, Muffin and Jazzy, have been switched! How can Buddy get Muffin and Jazzy back to their real owners? Ages 7-10.

The Case of the Missing Family (The Buddy Files, book 3) by Dori Hillestad Buttler

This book completes the trilogy. King, the golden retriever, has settled in with his new family, but he's never given up on finding his first family. One night he sees people taking things out of his old house and loading them into a van. What's up? He is a brave, funny and loyal dog. Will he finally solve this mystery? Ages 7-10.

(Note: If the previous two books interest you, you might also like to order the first book from this same series, The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy. You can find it in our composite EBAE listing.)

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

What is poetry? Is it morning dew? Is it crisp leaves crunching? Could it be a cool pond? Maybe poetry is all of these things...and more. Daniel is on his way to creating his own poem after visiting his animal friends. This story celebrates the poetry found in the world around us. Ages 4-8.

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

What if you started a new life in a new country where no one spoke your language and you felt alone and ignored? What if you had to make that new place your home? What if you found that home in a world of books? The New York Times Book Review said “Dreamers is a paean to libraries, to reading and writing and creativity.” Reproduced in print/braille for ages 4-8.

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim

Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After his emancipation, he journeyed 500 miles to attend Hampton Institute with only 50 cents in his pocket. Working his way through school, he eventually became a legendary educator of freedmen. For grades 4-6, this book is a winner of several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award.

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers' Market by Michelle Schaub

Experience a day at a farmers' market with food, fun and a fresh harvest, delightfully captured in poetry! Reproduced in print/braille for grades K-3.

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

This book celebrates the bond between dads and daughters. Zuri needs an extra special hair style for an extra special day, and calls upon her dad to assist. Comb in hand, he tackles Zuri's non-compliant hair to create the perfect look. Reproduced in print/braille for ages 4-8.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race. by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling

Katherine, Dorothy, Mary and Christine, all African American women, were good at math. Really good! It was their understanding of numbers, their intelligence, their hard work and their persistence that caused NASA to hire them to do the math that would essentially send the United States into the space race for the very first time. For grades 4 - 7.

Night Owl by Toni Yuly

Night owl loves the nighttime! He can see everything, but when he doesn't see Mommy Owl, he starts to listen...With language that emphasizes sound words and listening skills, this is a reassuring bedtime story for little might owls everywhere! Reproduced in print/braille for preschoolers through Grade 1

Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie

There's nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie's new family as they prepare their home for her and introduce her to life as a beloved pet! This is the perfect book for anyone who's getting a new dog or for anyone who would like to! For grades 1-2 reproduced in print/braille.

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

This book celebrates thirteen American women who helped shaped our country through their tenacity. Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller and Sonia Sotomayor are among the women highlighted; women who, despite great obstacles, achieved their dreams through persistence. Grades 3-6.

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton

In this companion book to the previous one, the reader is introduced to a group of incredible women who have shaped history across the world. Scientist Marie Curie and human rights' activist Malayla Yousafzai are among those women, past and present, who persisted. Grades 3-6.

White Cane Day by Kristin Grender (Wisconsin TVI and O&M instructor)

Can you name all of the holidays that are celebrated in the United States? Did you forget to name White Cane Day? Yes, White Cane Day. It has been a national holiday since 1964! In 2011 President Barack Obama declared that White Cane Day would also be called Blind Americans Equality Day. Two great reasons to celebrate on October 15! For all grades who want to celebrate this great day, reproduced in print/braille.

You Are New by Lucy Knisley

With humor, honesty, and sweetness, award-winning author, Lucy Knisley celebrates the joys of a new baby in the family and the timeless gifts of new beginnings. Reproduced as a print/braille book for preschoolers to Grade 2.

The following two books are bound in a single volume:

BOOK A: Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers: The story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone

In the early nineteenth century lived Ada Byron, a young girl with a wild and wonderful imagination. Ada was tutored in science and math. This book celebrates the brilliant woman who imagined computers 100 years before they existed and is, today, recognized as the first computer programmer. Grades 4 - 7.

BOOK B: Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe

When her parents forbade her to study math, when a professor discovered that the homework being sent to him was a woman and when Sophie tackled a math problem that male scholars said would be impossible to solve... nothing stopped Sophie. Her unshakable determination solved problems of vibration which have made it possible for engineers to build the Eiffel Tower, modern skyscrapers and lengthy bridges of today. Grades 4-7.

Please remember to submit your order by December 15, 2019 at the latest, using the accompanying order form; send it only to the address on the form. You may continue to order print/braille books for early readers in either contracted or uncontracted braille.

Teachers, please work with your school librarians to make them aware of our project and answer any questions they may have. Likewise, please alert the parents with whom you work about our project, especially those who do not have ready access to school libraries; this group may well include the parents of preschool blind children. You should receive your books in the spring of 2020 before school dismisses for summer vacation. Many thanks for using our service!

Special Book Project Committee Members,

Sandy Adams, Cindy Collins, Leanette Dieck, Mary Ann Damm, Marilyn Harmon, Alison McKee

Email contact: Sandy Adams (new email address)